Spreadtrum has introduced an AR engine in tandem with uSens that lets mass-market Android smartphones run AR experiences. An outcome of the joint development of the SC9853I platform, the companies claim that the system offers a smooth user experience with six-degrees-of-freedom tracking based on simultaneous localisation and mapping. The solution is designed from the ground up for mobile devices.
On paper, this is a major move that has the potential to open up AR experiences to a vast number of people. However, it’s notable that the solution is launching on Spreadtrum’s platform powered by Intel Airmont technology, which represents a fraction of Spreadtrum’s smartphone volume. For this to have any significant traction, it will need to be available on its Arm-based chipsets.