5 smartglasses that might change our future
When it comes to smartglasses opinions diverge massively. Some think they are the future. They think the products will keep getting better and have a great impact on how we live and work. Others are convinced that they are still way too bulky to wear and not developed enough to be applicable across industries.
A few months ago we wrote a piece on the impact of smartglasses. Since then there have been quite some changes and innovations.
The underlying technology
Adding bits of virtual reality to your real reality is what they call augmented reality. Since we are big fans of augmented reality and believe the technology is definitely part of the future, we also feel like smartglasses deserve closer attention.
So here’s what I am going to do in this blogpost:
- give you an update on some of the best smartglasses out there at the moment (some of them are still in development)
- make sure you know about the potential of the devices and their underlying technology
- leave you space to react and comment if you feel we’ve missed something
Microsoft, well known for their consumer electronics, now also set their focus on smartglasses. With their HoloLens device they made sure that their brand name is one of the first ones to come up when talking about augmented reality. The HoloLens uses holograms to augment reality by adding a virtual view to you real life environment. Even though the device is only available in a developer edition for now, it is a very promising product. Anyline also has one of the prestigious devices in its office and is one of the first companies in the world which is building demos of enterprise use cases on the HoloLens.
Magic Leap is an US startup that is working on mixed reality technology. Mixed reality means a combination of both augmented as well as virtual reality. It basically means that you don’t have to leave the real world to experience impressive virtual reality. Even though lots of big companies have already invested in Magic Leap the startup is very secretive about what their product will look like in the end. The company is reported though to develop augmented reality glasses. An example for the mixed reality technology is projecting a very realistic screen while sitting at your desk and then work on it like you would work on your computer. Some are even calling Magic Leap the “screen killer” referring to its potential to replace computer or smartphone screens.
The Vuzix M300 is already the second pair of smartglasses developed by the company. It is the successor to the M100 that was a lot bulkier and offered less features. The M300 comes in a lighter look and includes features like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi. It was specifically designed with 3 times the processing power and a significantly higher resolution camera. This also empowers Anyline’s OCR technology to run on the Vuzix smartglasses.
Epson Moverio BT-300
Just like Vuzix, Epson is also already offering the second version of their smartglasses. In comparison to the previous model, the BT-300 looks not as bulky, is also lighter and offers an even more realistic view of the virtual images you see in your environment. The new OLED display makes it possible to depict the images in an even more vibrant and colorful way.
What’s your take on augmented reality and the use of smartglasses through all industries? Think we missed something or should have mentioned other smartglasses? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us or leave a comment! Via Facebook, Twitter or simply via [email protected]!
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