Google & Quanta Reportedly Developing Untethered Standalone AR Headset

A secretive project referred to internally as 'A65' may be tasked with creating an AR headset that's reportedly similar to Microsoft's HoloLens.

David Nurieli
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Google is reportedly developing its own augmented reality tethereless headset, according to German tech publication WinFuture. According to the documents obtained by WinFuture, the Google AR headset project, code name ‘A65’, is built on Qualcomm processors. It has an extensive array of camera sensors and microphones for voice input, works with Google Assistant and will be able to function without a tether to a PC.

While still at an early stage of development, the project is testing both custom quad-core IoT chips from Qualcomm, the QSC603 & the QSC605 as potentials to drive the AR headset.

Various sources hint at the QCS603 power - an IoT SoC, with some impressive abilities, including up to 2,560x 1,440 pixel resolution, 1080p video capture, with 3D overlays and support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan. Google A65 is reportedly a collaboration between Google and the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta, who was involved in building Google’s Pixel C Tablet. 

WinFuture maintains the developers were busy prototyping the hardware design, and that “there are still several stages of hardware development to go through.”