In an effort to lure developers to create applications for the Snapdragon chipset, Qualcomm is offering up some attractive capabilities for developers. They are:
AllJoyn: A technology for P2P interaction that doesn’t require Internet access. Instead, it uses near-field device-to-device communications. The open-source technology avoids latency issues common with sending traffic over the Internet. Could be a boon for games, maybe on airplanes.
Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP): Just a mobile development platform they sell. They have a closed unit and one that’s opened up on a board allowing for greater development flexibility, such as switching out different chipsets and peripherals for testing. You can get the full kit for less than $500 at BSQUARE.
One such technology they’re showing off is the ability to do a 3-D game conversion in real time just using hardware processing via Snapdragon.
Augmented reality: Use a device’s camera to superimpose something virtual onto the physical world. We’ve had this technology for a while, and we’ve seen some test apps, but none has really become the augmented-reality killer app. Hopefully we’ll see something soon.
For more, check out the Qualcomm developer community.