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Q'comm looks beyond smartphones for 'Internet of Everything'

Posted: 22 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Robots for makers

Robots and drones, especially geared for the maker community, are another emerging market mobile chipmakers are courting these days.

"A robot is basically a smartphone with four DC motors," quipped Mollenkopf, rolling out the Snapdragon Micro Rover.

Qualcomm showed its diminutive Micro Rover running next to a more muscular metallic dragon (below) that the company prototyped to demonstrate its visual recognition technology.

Snapdragon Micro Rover

Start-up Brain Corp. showed its EyeRover, a robotic platform capable of learning tasks like how to navigate around objects. It runs on a board using a Snapdragon SoC and an FPGA for low-level tasks such as handling I/O and managing actuators.

The company, founded by a team of San Diego-based neuro-scientists, will start selling its board and software next month. It already is working on a next-generation board with a more powerful Snapdragon SoC. ARM cores are the bottleneck for its Linux-based learning software.

Wearing virtual reality

Samsung's Gear VR 4 was also a big hit on the exhibit floor. The device is one of three smart glasses products to support Qualcomm's new Vuforia SDK for digital eyewear. Epson and newcomer Osterhout Design Group offer the others.

The Samsung headset had the highest resolution and most immersive experience of the three. It uses optics licensed from Oculus VR but does not have the full 135-degree viewing angle of that company's Oculus Rift.

Meanwhile, the Osterhout Design Group's ODG R-7 is an impressive design for a new entrant. It supports stereo 720-progressive displays on a transparent screen with plug-in lenses for people who need corrective lenses. I stepped through a panoramic landscape and watched a 3D movie on them.

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