Snapdragon VR820, Qualcomm’s autonomous device platform, will feature SMI technology to perform eye tracking, offering interactions and performance improvements with the foveated rendering technique.
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) is a company that has demonstrated its eye tracking technology with different virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift DK2, and this time they have announced that their solution will be used in future autonomous virtual reality devices. At CES, its proposal can be tested next to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR820. A platform designed to allow the rapid development of autonomous viewers optimized for virtual reality content and applications, while meeting the processing and performance demands of a dedicated HMD.
“We believe that Qualcomm’s platform will help accelerate the arrival of new dedicated VR devices, and our eye tracking technology will be a key component for the new generation of products. We have significantly optimized our technology and we are confident that we will be able to achieve even lower processing times for lower latency in tracking,” commented Christian Villwock, OEM Director of SMI.
“Interaction with our gaze, social presence, foveated rendering, custom screen calibration and analytics are some of the potential uses that developers will have at their fingertips,” said Hugo Swart, head of product at Qualcomm. “Eye tracking will become a requirement of VR systems,” Villwock concluded.