Augmented reality glasses. They once seemed out of reach and futuristic, and possibly something out of the Star Trek’s celebrated USS Enterprise. But the wearable technology will soon be on the cusp of being part of daily fashion and virtual reality calculus.
For the tech novices, augmented reality glasses brings a user a new perspective with nothing but a chair; with the headset on, the user can instantly be transported behind the wheel of a car or manipulate a 3D object using a variety of gestures.
Google glasses, which have become synonymous with wearable technology, are poised to deliver ‘smart glasses’ before the year is over.
However, other companies are also competing to be wielders of force in the market’s senorsory enhancement accessories. According to techradar.com, users will be able to use Google glass to take photos and videos, browse the Internet, and of course find directions using Google Maps with the headset using Bluetooth to link up to Android and iOS devices.
Expected to be available mid to late summer, Vuzix is launching m100 smart glasses. With a processor equal to any smartphone, the M100 – displayed at CES 2013 and now with app developers – comes equipped with a Full HD camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a compass, and both microUSB and microSD slots.
Vuzix smart glasses also offer a wearable visual connection to the cloud, through your smartphone or other compatible smart device.
Then there’s Oculus Rift, which is likely to be embraced by gamers. The Rift allows users to step inside their favorite game and explore new places. Oculus says the Rift “provides a truly immersive experience,” and is designed with an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking.
In related news, Vuzix Corp, a developer and supplier of wearable display systems, recently launched the STAR 1200XLD, an all digital version of its STAR 1200XL Wide Field of View (WFOV) See-Through Augmented Reality Video Eyewear. According to a statement, Vuzix' STAR 1200 model line is the world's best selling see-through augmented reality (AR) video eyewear.
It is used worldwide by researchers and developers creating tomorrow's augmented reality applications.
Other leading companies like Oakley, Sony, Epson and Zeal Optics are also paving their mark in the world of augmented reality glasses, hoping to change the world of vision just as the smartphone changed the cell phone.
Edited by Braden Becker