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Samsung’s XR headphones reportedly support scented virtual environments

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Samsung is developing a new advanced augmented reality (XR) headset with Google and Qualcomm. In August, images of the XR headset prototype leaked online, showing RGB tracking cameras and a depth sensor. A new rumor suggests that the device will allow users to smell virtual environments and objects.

According to a tweet by a trusted leaker and X-user, @Tech_Reve, the Samsung XR headphones will feature an ultra-high pixel density of 3,000 ppi. Like Apple’s Vision Pro headset, it is said to support hand tracking. The leaker claims that the XR headset will incorporate a scent in a certain capacity.

It is not clear if the device will be able to detect smells from the real environment or if it will include advanced synthesis technology to produce artificial smells. If it’s the latter, it would be a significant breakthrough, as no major consumer electronics company has successfully added working smell replication to VR or AR headsets.

The headset is expected to run on a Qualcomm XR processor, contrary to previous rumors that Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chip will power it. It also uses an operating system developed together with Google.

It is also said that the new XR headphones will be unveiled at Samsung’s LSI Tech Day. This event will take place on October 5 in San Jose, where the company will discuss future technologies such as AI, 5G and machine vision.

Samsung is no stranger to the virtual reality industry. The company released several Gear VR headset models from 2015 to 2017, but they worked with a Galaxy model. The new XR headphones are considered a true standalone device and are not limited to Galaxy models only.

Along with Samsung and Apple, Microsoft is one of the companies investing the most in the AR market. In 2021, it received a 10-year contract to supply these headphones to the military. We recently reported that the second stage of the Hololens-based AR device, called IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System), was approved by the US Army.

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