Augmented reality and health care - Qualcomm's mobile future

Augmented reality and health care - Qualcomm's mobile future

Summary: Chipmaker Qualcomm offered a glimpse of what the future might hold for the next generation of smartphones.


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  • Chipmaker Qualcomm offered a glimpse of what the future might hold for the next generation of smartphones at a press event in London yesterday, from augmented reality (shown above) to mobile telemedicine.'s Natasha Lomas peers into their crystal ball.

    "What we see looking forward is that the phone is going to be embedded in the world around you, wireless is going to be in all of the things that are around you in the world," Dr Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, told the event to demonstrate the company's upcoming technology.

    "It's going to give you this opportunity to have your phone almost act as a remote control - it'll be able to do things like give you a user interface so I can send video to a projector, get access to a microphone, or speakers, or content that might be available in a given environment, or I might share information with people when I meet them because I can see what information they might be interested in."

    Powering the evolution of mobile functionality will be an increase in processing power, according to Jacobs, who said that the chipmaker has a 1.5GHz processor in the pipeline, due in the first quarter of 2011. It's also working on dual-core chipsets, due in the first half of 2011.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • Jacobs, pictured above, demoed an augmented reality app running on a smartphone which enables the mobile user to transfer data between different types of connected devices via the app's augmented reality interface.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • Using the gallery app Jacobs showed how a mobile user can share a photo stored on the phone with a digital photo frame by pointing the phone's camera at the frame in question.

    "That's the kind of thing that you'll be able to do - interact wih the environment right from the phone," he said. "It'll just give you this really natural way of getting back and forth to the things that are around you."

    Earlier this year, Qualcomm opened an R&D centre in Austria to focus on developing computer vision and augmented reality software, following the chipmaker's acquisition of the Austrian mobile augmented reality company, Imagination Computer Services.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

Topics: Mobility, CXO, Hardware, Health, Legal, Processors, Smartphones, IT Employment

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