Augmented reality and virtual reality are both interesting sectors of technology. We have already seen a good number of implementations of the tech with Google Glass, Google's Cardboard set of goggles that were given out at Google I/O and with Samsung's Gear VR headset just to name a few of the more well known products. Others not so well known also include a set of AR glasses from Epson, the Recon Jet from Recon Instruments, Epiphany Eyewear from Vergence Labs, and innovega iOptik Contact lenses. There are even more products that are in development or already available that are meant to provide a comparable experience to Google Glass and the others, and the point is a lot of companies and people are interested in digital eyewear.
Qualcomm is one of those companies, as they have just announced that they will be providing anyone that is interested, with a software development kit to work with AR and VR apps for devices like Glass, Gear VR and others. The software development kit is called the Vuforia SDK, something that Epson is actually already using in their own development. When it comes to augmented reality and VR the first thing that comes to my mind personally is games, but that's just my gaming focused mind telling me how awesome it would be to play games in virtual reality, or using things like Glass to play Ingress for example. There are obviously many other uses though like what we see from Glass currently, using it for directions, web searches, and even video calls through hangouts.
AR and VR are still really new areas, and there is still lots to be done before it becomes quite mainstream. Qualcomm is certainly very interested in continuing exploration into this new sector and they want to share that excitement with others. The Vuforia SDK can be accessed as of now by going to the website, which you can jump to from the source link if you are eager to start working with it. The next year or two should be very exciting for smart glasses and products that provide similar functions, all we need is more companies and more developers to hop on board and create some really cool stuff, and perhaps Qualcomm's SDK will help move that process forward more quickly.