XR2 enables low latency camera pass-through to unlock true MR
This morning Qualcomm introduced its next-generation Snapdragon XR2 platform, powered by a powerful new chip set (not a single chip), the Snapdragon 865. The company’s prior generation, the 835/845 Snapdragon, powers every major XR device on the market (except Magic Leap’s), including the Microsoft HoloLens and Facebook’s Oculus Quest. Those devices will be underpowered compared to the new Snapdragon XR2 powered devices, which will allow 5G under the hood to power AI innovations, and enables many more powerful cameras and sensors.
The XR2 Platform will deliver 2x the CPU and GPU performance, 4x more video bandwidth, and 6x higher resolution to the 835 class processors, which are so 2018. The new Platform supports seven (not typo) concurrent cameras and a dedicated computer vision processor. Importantly, the XR2 enables low latency camera pass-through unlock true MR, which allow users to see, interact and create a hybrid of the virtual and real world while wearing a VR device. The significance of this, following Apple’s non-announcement announcement of its own pass-through approach, cannot be understated: consumers will have one, fully occluded XR device; the camera will be your eyes; it will do both AR and VR.
For enterprise, a see-through device, which allows users to see their hands and maintain their peripheral vision, is essential, but for consumers, the most powerful approach will be to do all that reality combination in an untethered free roaming 5G-enabled headset.
The Snapdragon XR2 Platform (and the 865 chip that makes it all work) takes a leap in core GPU processing by supporting 1.5x the pixel rate and 3x the texel rate for efficient, high graphics rendering1. Custom silicon was developed for sharp displays with low latencies. XR specific features include foveated rendering, eye tracking and enhanced variable rate shading, while minimizing power consumption. The display panel offers up to 3K by 3K resolution per eye at 90 frames per second (fps) and supports 8K 360 degree videos at 60 fps for photorealistic visuals.
“Snapdragon is the platform for 5G,” said Christian Amon, President of Qualcomm, on December 4th, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, an invitation-only annual event for analysts and journalists. The Snapdragon XR2 introduces support for seven (7) concurrent cameras and a custom computer vision processor. Multiple concurrent cameras enable real-time tracking of the head, lips and eyes together with 26-point skeletal hand tracking. Computer vision provides highly efficient scene understanding and 3D reconstruction. This is what we meant by Convergence, which describes the disruptive power of technologies that augment one another maturing together.
In an augmented or virtual world, spatial sound is table stakes, and voice will be a critical interface. Spatial sound has not been ignored by Qualcomm. The Snadragon platform audio is an always-on, low power support hardware with features like voice activation and context detection which help keep users’ head in the digital world while having an ear in the real world.
The company demoed how XR can using split processing between a device and edge cloud at EWTS in Dallas in September. This too has been an important consideration in the design of the new XR2 system and will be incredibly important to location-based enterprise XR. Multiple OEMs are committed to Snapdragon XR2 Platform and other customers are in various stages of prototyping and evaluation.
“By the end of 2020,” predicted Amon, there will be 200 million 5G subscribers around the world. “It’s really going to be a much faster transition than what we’ve seen in prior generations of wireless.”
Originally published at https://www.forbes.com.
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Binance Might Delist Many Low-Volume Coins Soon, CZ Hints
Binance is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of daily trading volumes. In the few short years since its launch, the venue went on to become a leading company in the industry.
In fact, launching coins up for trade on the exchange has created the so-called “Binance Effect.” In short, when a cryptocurrency is selected and launched for trading on the platform, its price usually undergoes a substantial surge.
Now, the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, has hinted that it may start delisting low-volume coins.
Low-Volume Coins May Kiss Binance Goodbye
In an interesting Twitter thread, a popular cryptocurrency analyst and trader RookieXBT suggested delisting all coins on Binance that “do less than 10 BTC of daily volume.”
Expectedly or not, the CEO of the exchange engaged in the thread, providing a hint that they might consider doing so.
“I think it is a good idea. If you are on Binance and still have no volume, then…” – Said CZ, perhaps hinting that there’s something inherently wrong with coins listed on Binance and failing to generate big daily volume.
Naturally, there are two sides to this debate. Some users think that the merits of a coin shouldn’t be valued based on the volumes it generates on cryptocurrency exchanges. People argue that they hold a coin for the long-term and don’t really care about the daily volume.
This is most definitely true. The inherent merits of a cryptocurrency are most definitely not associated with it being listed on a certain exchange, be it Binance. So, a logical question pops – why would someone care if the coin is listed or not, presuming they are “in it for the technology”? And this is where things take a twist.
The Other Side of the Story
At this point, it becomes rather clear that this particular narrative doesn’t stand on solid ground because people are obviously concerned about the price, perhaps even more so than the technology itself.
If an investor is holding a cryptocurrency for the long run, it being listed on Binance shouldn’t make a difference. But that’s usually not the case – people are rarely “in it for the technology” despite what they might claim.
The main concern is that if Binance decides to delist low-volume cryptocurrencies en-masse, this might cause a larger upset in the market because of the “Binance Effect.”
As we mentioned before, when a cryptocurrency is listed on Binance, it usually goes through a substantial increase. However, the opposite is also true. Last year, the exchange delisted Bitcoin SV, and it tanked more than 10% on the news. That’s just one example.
In any case, there’s no formal confirmation, and it remains interesting to see whether the exchange will really start delisting coins based on low volumes.
Featured image courtesy of Medium
Fidelity’s Crypto Subsidiary Targets Asian Investors To Buy Bitcoin
- Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS) has partnered with Stack Funds to enable Asian investors to purchase and store cryptocurrency assets more freely and securely.
- Based in Singapore, Stack Funds is a regulated fund manager focusing on Bitcoin and other digital assets.
- According to the Bloomberg report, Stack Funds will make Fidelity’s secure custody services available to its clients, primarily based in Asia. The company outlined that the Asian market has been continuously growing in demand towards the cryptocurrency industry, especially from high-net-worth investors and family offices.
- Stack further explained that all assets under its management will be audited monthly. The firm will provide insurance coverage, weekly contributions, and redemptions to enhance capital security.
- Stack’s co-founder, Michael Collett, said that Fidelity’s involvement will enable its company to attract even more investors from the region.
- On the other hand, Christopher Tyrer, head of Fidelity Digital Assets Europe, believes that “there’s a critical need for platforms which have a deep understanding of what local and regional investors are looking for.” However, he admitted that the digital asset space has “historically lacked” such platforms.
- After its success in the US, Fidelity Digital Assets expanded its cryptocurrency services to Europe last year. The company aims at entering the Asian market as well now with the Stack Funds partnership.
Hacked? Crypto Lending Platform Cred Suspends Deposits And Withdrawals While Cooperating With Authorities
The popular cryptocurrency lending service Cred has announced that it has temporarily suspended all funds inflows and outflows. Without disclosing many details, the platform said it’s cooperating with law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident.
Cred Suspends Deposits And Withdrawals
The United States-based crypto lending platform, which recently announced joining Visa’s fast track program, updated its customers on Twitter regarding the latest troubling developments with a brief message.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to comment further at this time, but we will undertake to provide an update within the next two weeks. During this period, all inflows and outflows of funds will be suspended.” – read the statement.
Staying true to its fashion, the cryptocurrency community lashed out at Cred and its lack of details about what’s going on. This reaction prompted the lending protocol to comment once again. Firstly, Cred apologized for the concerns and inconveniences it has caused while it’s assessing the “business impact connected with a recent fraudulent incident.”
Furthermore, the post explained that Cred is currently cooperating with law enforcement authorities. However, it provided some reassurances claiming that “no client personal data or account information was compromised.”
It’s worth noting that Cred’s website reads that the platform works with “trusted security and insurance providers Fireblocks and Lockton to ensure that our customers’ digital assets have enterprise-grade security.” Nevertheless, several community members have questioned the state of their holdings on the platform, as they weren’t satisfied with Cred’s brief updates.
A Dissolved Partnership Saw This Coming?
Although it’s still unconfirmed if the so-called “incident” is indeed a hack, it seems that the issues have been transpiring for a while now. Days before Cred suspended deposits and withdrawals, one of its partners ended its relationship with the lending protocol.
The cryptocurrency wallet and trading platform, Uphold, announced on Sunday that users could no longer link their Uphold wallets to the third-party crypto lending provider Cred.
At the time of this writing, neither Uphold nor Cred have disclosed why their partnership agreement ended.
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