I tried the smart glasses that could replace your phone – here’s what I learned

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Bee MWC 2023 in Barcelona, ​​Qualcomm was in its element. As one of the largest manufacturers of phone and tablet processors in the world, the San-Diego-based company has its fingers in many pies at events like this, from its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to a wealth of panels and discussions all around Wi-Fi 7 And 6G.

An area of ​​particular interest to me was Qualcomm’s determination to move forward in what it calls “XR” — that’s “extended reality,” an umbrella term for wearable technology that includes virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Aside from the fact that the initialism should really be ‘ER’ (although I can understand why Qualcomm would want to avoid that), there were some very impressive XR products at the expo with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips inside.

Those chips include the newly announced Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1, a purpose-built platform designed to power lighter and more efficient AR wearables, such as smart glasses. Qualcomm was eager to promote its presence in Lenovo’s slick new ThinkReality A3 goggles, which I got to test at the event and proved to be very impressive.

Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 can use hand tracking technology thanks to the external cameras (Image credit: Lenovo)


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