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Qualcomm showcases robots, smartwatches, glasses

23 Sep 2014  | Rick Merritt

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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.

The glasses use a Snapdragon chip and support WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS radios. Each ear piece builds in a 650mAh battery. The powerful headsets actually use a heat sink, but the company claims they won't singe your eyebrows.

The glasses will cost $5,000 and target business productivity users such as maintenance workers.


The ODG R-7 is so packed with electronics that it currently sports an external heat sink (in red).


The small controls on the ODG R-7 were hard for novices to master.

Sensors on smartphones

Sensors on smartphones

Israeli startup Consumer Physics showed its optical sensor (above) for detecting chemicals in concentrations of as little as one per cent in foods and drugs. The company snagged $2.8 million in a Kickstarter campaign for its handheld device that will cost about $200 when it ships in two months. The prototype uses a TI Omap processor, but the company did not say what chips are in the final design.

Qualcomm released an SDK for LTE Broadcast and talked about its ongoing work on the peer-to-peer LTE Direct. Facebook VP of engineering Jay Parikh took part in a keynote saying his company "likes" both technologies as infrastructure to support the company's billion mobile users.

"LTE Broadcast could help us streamline transmission of applications binaries around the world. There's an incredible amount of data flowing over carrier networks, and these are optimisations we can use," he said.

AllJoyn connectivity software

Qualcomm demonstrated its AllJoyn connectivity software running on an LG TV and other devices.

Chandhook noted Electrolux, one of the world's biggest white goods makers, plans to use the software, too. The company made AllJoyn open-source in an effort to make it a default glue for the Internet of Things.

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