12 May 2023 | Mike Boland
AWE Talks: Behind the Curtain with Snapdragon Spaces
AWE USA 2022

Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that revisits the most engaging content from AWE’s catalog of conference sessions. To gear up for AWE USA 2023, we're diving into the most insightful and evergreen sessions from recent AWE events. 

This week, we examine Qualcomm's Snapdragon Spaces. As a bridge between XR developers and device manufacturers, the platform unites and de-fragments the XR world in several valuable ways. Steve Lukas shows us how.

See the summarized takeaways below, along with the full session video. Stay tuned for more video highlights each week and check out the full library on awe.live and AWE’s YouTube Channel.

And check out the AWE USA 2023 speakers and agenda to get excited for the big show...

Steve Lukas -
Director of Product Management, Qualcomm

– Qualcomm continues to create an ecosystem through vertical integration.
– Starting with its chips, it powers 50+ AR and VR headsets.
– At the software level, it offers interaction algorithms for key XR functions.
– These include object recognition, positional tracking, and scene understanding.
– Some of these capabilities flow from Qualcomm's acquisition of Wikitude. 
– On the hardware front, its reference designs provide a north star for XR OEMs.
– Last but not least, it completes the loop with an open developer platform.
– Qualcomm Spaces enables developers to build headworn XR experiences.
– The benefit to developers is to reach several more devices with minimal work.
– Spaces does this through standardized interactions and predictable behaviors.
– Qualcomm’s philosophy is that open standards can unify and de-fragment XR.
– OEMs meanwhile benefit from a greater range of content and experiences.
– Qualcomm is also keen on AR as a Feature: AR functionality in non-AR apps. 
– This means that any app can build in optional AR features to elevate the UX.
– We're talking AR companion experiences or using a phone as an AR controller.
– Altogether, it lets AR scale on the backs of 3 billion+ global smartphones.
– It also lets users and developers ease into AR through familiar app environments.
– That includes infrastructure, security, and distribution, thus lowering AR friction. 

For more color, technical detail, and examples of Snapdragon Spaces, check out the full video below. 

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