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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  • 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/

  • The chipmaker demoed another augmented reality mobile app - this time using software to inject virtual objects into a mobile user's environment.

    Pictured above is a piece of paper printed with a pattern which, when viewed using a smartphone running a particular app, turns into a virtual version of the Rock'em Sock'em Robots game...

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

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

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