The telecom's critically-acclaimed partnership with Qualcomm aims to transform XR for startups
Global telecom firm T-Mobile has kicked off its XR Accelerator programme aimed at collaborating with developers, startups, and entrepreneurs, the company announced on Tuesday.
The programme will tap T-Mobile’s 5G and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform for developing immersive experiences on augmented reality (AR) smart glasses.
The Bellevue, Washington-based company will also tap its engineers and businesses to “develop, test and bring to market new AR products and services,” it said in a statement.
ICYMI: Congrats to the new participants in @TMobile Accelerator: @Beemmeofficial, @KrikeyApp, @Mawarijp, @MohxGames. @PlutoVR and @VictoryXR. They are building breakthrough #AR innovations on our amazing #5G network👏👏👏#techstartup #XR #TMobileAccelerator pic.twitter.com/L1guAHxEIo
— T-Mobile Accelerator (@TMobileAccel) May 18, 2022
T-Mobile’s Accelerator aims to boost innovation in 5G for AR technologies and smart glasses, namely for developing spatial awareness, computer vision, and fresh heads-up display solutions across sectors, including entertainment, gaming, education, travel, health and wellness, and hospitality, the firm said.
To date, the Accelerator has engaged with 80 startups and raised over $190 million USD to date, figures from the telecom reveal.
The programme will tap Qualcomm experts to back solutions created on Snapdragon Spaces, where developers will build 3D-powered apps for AR devices and add features to existing apps.
According to T-Mobile, the Accelerator program will provide Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses, which were the first to integrate Snapdragon Spaces.
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) May 13, 2022
John Saw, Executive Vice-President of Advanced and Emerging Technologies for T-Mobile, said in a statement,
“Smart glasses will completely change how we connect and experience the world around us. With T-Mobile 5G we have the capacity and performance needed to power high-bandwidth, immersive AR experiences for smart glasses, but it’s the developers and entrepreneurs that will bring these new applications to life”
T-Mobile’s Accelerator will include the following companies:
The news comes after the two firms struck a partnership for the Snapdragon Spaces openXR software developer kit (SDK), which facilitates the creation of immersive applications for developers.
The programme will support 5G-backed 3D applications for Qualcomm-powered devices, including those with Snapdragon XR2 5G chipsets, to build the world’s next-generation solutions.