Qualcomm shows off wireless chargers and augmented reality tech: Photos

Qualcomm shows off wireless chargers and augmented reality tech: Photos

Summary: It'd be a mistake to think of Qualcomm only as a mobile processor company — as seen by the augmented reality kit, wireless charger and other nifty tech it showed off at its IQ 2012 conference.


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  • Qualcomm Hy-Fi

    If you've ever found yourself fiddling around with various forms of connectivity such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Powerline to try find the best connection (I have), then Qualcomm hopes to remove such troubles through its Hy-Fi technology.

    Hy-Fi is a plug-and-play device (the white plug-like thing you see above) running a software layer that effectively chooses the best connection at any given time and switches accordingly, without interrupting whatever was going on over that connection.

    According to Qualcomm, it takes care of Wi-Fi channel management, AP settings and Powerline settings, with the user not having to do anything but pressing a button to secure the network.

    There's no word on its release date, but Qualcomm representative Alauze Guy suggested it would be made available to consumers "soon" through one of the company's partners.

    (Image credit: David Meyer)

  • Qualcomm 2Net Hub

    Mobile radios are increasingly finding their way into all sorts of devices, many of them used for healthcare.

    Pictured here you will see a fertility monitoring device, glucose sensors, a wearable fitness device and an ECG monitor. Their manufacturers sometimes don't think too hard about the wireless data transmission element, so they are usually not standardised.

    That's where Qualcomm steps in, with something called the 2Net Hub. It contains a stack of low-power radios, and effectively provides a single point of connectivity for all those devices.

    Needless to say, that's not much use when the device is supposed to be generally carried around. It would help for monitoring people at home, though.

    The 2Net Hub is already out in the US, and it is expected to hit Europe later this year.

    (Image credit: David Meyer)

  • Qualcomm femtocell

    This is a reference design for one of Qualcomm's small cells, or femtocells.

    They may be a fringe effort right now, but femtocells will be very important when it comes to LTE-Advanced, or proper 4G (LTE is allowed to be marketed as 4G, but it falls slightly short of conforming to the specification).

    The reason for this is that LTE is, according to Qualcomm R&D's Prashanth Sharma, no more spectrally efficient at this stage than the latest iterations of HSPA. So the general industry plan for its successor is to complement standard macro cells with small cells, to increase efficiency.

    The femtocells used these days tend to be very low-powered, to stop them from reaching far enough to interfere with the macro cells. Part of the LTE-Advanced idea is to reserve small parts of the LTE spectrum for the small cells — it takes resources away from the macro cells, but the resulting efficiency boost sees overall capacity increase significantly.

    Sharma said operational trials had seen network capacity increase by 180 percent through optimised deployment, as opposed to the 40 percent boost gained by simply throwing a few small cells into the mix.

    (Image credit: David Meyer)

Topics: Emerging Tech, Mobility

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About David Meyer

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  • Misleading marketing...

    It should be called 'plug-less' charging, not wireless.