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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  • 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/silicon.com

  • 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/silicon.com

  • ...as shown above.

    "There's actually nothing on the table but a piece of paper but, when you look at it on the phone, you actually see a game there and you and another person can play that virtual game," said Jacobs.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

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