Vodafone said it has teamed up with Qualcomm to create a new platform called HyperRealityHub to boost shared immersive experiences for businesses and consumers alike. The product enables users to access augmented, mixed and virtual reality experiences via far lighter and more compact devices than the bulkier extended reality (XR) headsets currently available by sharing computing requirements between the hub, the glasses and the cloud.

The HyperRealityHub is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform, with support for external cameras to monitor the movement and location of multiple users. Vodafone added that it is currently working on a HyperRealityHub+ variant that can connect multiple users, enabling them to interact in a shared immersive experience using both Wi-Fi 7 and 5G.

Cited future use cases for the technology include telehealth, wellness and fitness, hospitality, remote-support, creative collaboration, education and entertainment. The partners will be showcasing the hub at MWC Barcelona in a wellness use case whereby visitors with AR glasses will be guided through exercises by a virtual agent named VEDA. 

By offloading tasks from the AR glasses onto the HyperRealityHub, Vodafone said users can still benefit from high-performance remote rendering without compromising their experience. 

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