Throughout recent years, immersive technologies have increased in popularity. And let’s be honest, AR is all the rage. What AR (Augmented Reality) does, is adding a layer of digital content over the real world. This can be done through a smart device, such as your smartphone, or AR glasses.
This article focuses on AR glasses. While AR glasses might sound futuristic, they’re actually on the market for quite some years. No worries if you aren’t familiar with them yet! I will describe and give you a better understanding of the different types of AR glasses that are available today.
When talking about AR glasses, we refer to eyewear which contains technology that adds this layer of digital content. AR glasses basically enhance what you see, by projecting information in front of your eye. For example, navigation directions on the road ahead of you, notifications of incoming messages, or even start a video recording.
There are different types of AR glasses. I have described the important ones below.
In 2013, Google released Google Glass, which turned out to be a great failure. There was a firestorm of criticism on privacy rights, safety concerns and even health concerns. This led to Google pulling the plug on the Google Glass in 2015.
So what happened after? Despite the earlier criticism, Google continued to work on a wearable device. The Enterprise Edition of Glass was launched in 2017 and a second version in 2019. Google hereby shifted its focus to wearables for enterprises, specifically within manufacturing, logistics and healthcare.
The main advantage of these AR glasses aim to improve collaboration between operators. It gives them the ability to do their jobs faster, smarter, and safer.
Where many companies focus on immersive technologies for enterprises, Vuzix created the Vuzix Blade for both enterprises and mainstream use.
Like with Google’s Glass, the Vuzix Blade’s purpose is to provide a digital integration for operators in a workplace. Important aspects of this are access to instructions, quality assurance and maintenance.
Vuzix states that the Blade is one of the most adaptable smart glasses available. When it comes to everyday use, its app store allows access to quite some big names: Netflix, Zoom, Amazon Prime and more. Vuzix really thinks about the comfort of its mainstream users, which becomes clear with the Sunglasses Clip-on. A lovely and very convenient accessory!
Everysight Raptor is an interesting type of AR glasses, as these are specifically designed for cyclists. They state to be “the world’s first cycling computer for people, not bikes” and are designed to enhance every bike ride.
What these glasses do is display a layer of digital information right in front of the cyclist’s eyes. Live information that is relevant to the current bike ride. Think of speed, heart rate, duration of the ride, a map, etc. Moreover, the glasses have a HD camera which can capture photos or videos.
Even though more AR glasses have the option of accessing the app store and playing games, Tilt Five specializes in this. These glasses launched in 2019 and are specially designed to enhance the tabletop gaming experience.
The glasses project holograms on the gameboard, bringing the game to life and lifting the gaming experience to a whole new level. Moreover, the Tilt Five AR glasses allow both local and remote use. Quite convenient in times of a global pandemic…
While everyone is waiting for it, Apple Smart Glasses haven’t reached the market yet. Some people expect it to happen in 2021, others say it won’t before 2023. Although Apple hasn’t confirmed anything yet, rumours about the smart glasses are spreading fast.
For example, there is a rumour that the smart glasses will be called “Apple Glass”. This would be remarkable, as its competitor’s name is Google Glass. Additionally, it is speculated that the glasses will rely on a paired iPhone, similar to the Apple Watch. Also, it might have implementations of LiDAR and wireless charging.
Up until today, it is still a mystery whether the Apple Smart Glasses launch soon and what features they contain. All we can do now is speculate and wait for its release date.
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