Google develops a standalone AR headset to rival HoloLens

Avatar By Le Williams | 3 years ago

Google is reported to have initiatives towards the development of a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports.

WinFuture maintains the obtainment of documents proving the existence of the Google AR headset project, which internally carries the code-name ‘A65’. The headsets are said to rely on processors built by Qualcomm, and much like Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, Google A65 is reported to have functionality without a tether to a PC, and pack several camera sensors with microphones, offering vocal input.

According to WinFuture, the project is still at a very early stage of development, as both Qualcomm QSC603 and Qualcomm QSC605 remain under consideration as potential chips to drive the AR headset.

Google A65 is reportedly a collaboration between Google and the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta, who built Google devices in the past, including the Pixel C Tablet. WinFuture maintains the developers were engaged in prototyping the hardware design, explaining “there are still several stages of hardware development to go through.”

Google has done extensive work in AR, both through the now retired AR platform Project Tango and the subsequently released ARCore dev kit, a software developer kit that brings basic AR functions to several flagship Android smartphones.

The company has also implemented what it calls ‘WorldSense’ tracking in its first 6DOF entry into the Daydream platform, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which launched earlier this month. Google’s WorldSense employs two front-facing camera sensors to place Mirage Solo users in a hypothetically unlimited tracking volume, a feature in which a potential Google AR headset would need if it were to be a truly standalone experience.