Have you ever heard about the word “FashnoLogy”? If yes then it’s ok. If no then it’s a combination of two words that are Fashion and Technology. We are witnessing the tremendous growth and advancements in the recent technological trends. Fashion world is also touching new heights side by side. So what if we could mix them together? Thinking of the same, AR smart glasses are developed. AR that is an augmented reality which superimposes the virtual world onto the real world and smart glasses made especially keeping in mind the AR, together can create a wonder.
Various technological enterprises started to do R&D about AR based smart glasses comprising of two most essential features, one is the smoother compatibility with AR and the other is easily wearable such that user may feel it handy to wear-on or wear-off. In this article, we are going to gather the information about the AR smart glasses in pipeline from the most promising enterprises which are expected to be rolled out in 2019-20.
TOSHIBA dynaEdge AR100 Viewer
Japanese firm TOSHIBA has made this AR head-mounted display. This will help the manufacturing, remote experts as well as logistics where there is a need of collaboration between or among some people staying at distance.
It comes up with versatile mounting options and touch pad controls for providing a more intuitive user interface. It is having built-in audio and dual noise control.
The only Disadvantage associated with this device is, it needs to be connected with the mini PC of Toshiba operated by Windows 10 OS. Also the price issue is much concerned about the same. But, yes, we can say that it’s an updated version of traditional smart glasses.
Here is all you need to know about TOSHIBA dynaEdge AR100 viewer:
(Source : Google)
Microsoft Hololens 2.0
Microsoft, being the frontline runner of the industry, needed to jump into AR smart glasses market. That is the reason behind launching the ‘Hololens’.
Hololens’ updated version is Hololens 2.0 gives more comfortable and immersive augmented reality experience. It’s immersive, Ergonomically suitable, instinctual and most importantly it’s unthreaded unlike the TOSHIBA’s dynaEdge AR100.
Hololens 2.0 is available in different variants such as Hololens 2.0 with remote assistance , Hololens 2 as a device only and Hololens 2 developmental edition. Features and prices of all three are compared in the image below:
Apple AR glasses
Till the upcoming year of 2022, Apple INC. is going to launch AR glasses in-front of the globe.
(Source: Martin Hajek/iDropnews)
If we believe in the report by Bloomberg, Apple AR glasses would bring up the information from your iPhone to your face. It will be a type of eye-wear that would be connected with users’ iPhone to experience augmented reality.
Everysight, an Israel based company has launched AR smart-glass named ‘Everysight raptor’. It is the highly appreciated AR wearable amongst the rests.
It comes with longer battery life and high resolution front camera (13.2 MP). It is also having host of connectivity options like, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi as well as ANT+. It is provided with optional controller and intuitive touchpad.
While using this instrument, the user may switch between visor tints depending upon the existing weather conditions. The only con of this AR glass is it’s price.
Specifications of Everysight Raptor shown in the figure below:
Epson MOVERIO BT-300
The Japanese company Epson has come up with its sensational product in the field of AR wearables. Name is ‘MOVERIO BT-300’. It contains cutting edge silicon-based OLED digital display technology of Epson.
This AR glasses is having 1.44 GHz quad core CPU and 2 GB RAM. Its battery life is expected to be 6 hours long. It is powered with open-source android Operating system. The 720p HD display attracts users the most.
See the full specifications in the below image:
Google Glass Enterprise Edition
Why should Tech-giant Google left behind the competitors? In this ever-changing era of technology, it needs much R&D to sustain the topmost position in the market. And keeping this strategy in mind ‘Google Glass’ developed.
Google glass are available in two editions. One is Google glass Enterprise Edition 1 and the other is Enterprise Edition 2.
Side by side comparison of the both are mentioned in the below table
X2 smart glass by ThirdEye Gen
X2 AR glasses made by ThirdEye Gen are compatible with both AR and VR. With the help of this product one can make understand his/her point of view to the persons who are at remote locations. X2 aims professional and educational segments.
It claims to provide a user about 8 hours of battery life but if user desires, he/she can use external battery sources as well for more hours of real-time screen sharing.
It weighs approximately 9 ounces and run the Android operating system. The company had also added 5G edge computing to this product.
Vuzix Blade Smart glasses
The US based company, Vuzix launched this product which is compatible with Android as well as iOS operating systems. It is having 8 MP HD camera and comes with haptic feedback. Its battery is rechargeable. It is also having versatile eyeglass option and noise-cancelling microphones. It also accommodates head motion trackers. Apart from this, Vuzix also manufactures other variants like M100, M300 and iWear.
The only limitation of this wearable is that its price is suitable for only commercial users. Non-commercial users may find it out of their budget. Otherwise, according to its user oriented specifications, it seems as a much promising product.
Snap Spectacles 3
Snap INC., an American tech-giant company thinks somewhat different then the general flow in the market. It is in search of such AR glasses which are affordable and gives users satisfaction as well. After much R&D they have developed Snap Spectacles 3. It is a redesigned variant of AR sunglasses with an added HD camera to generate depth perception. Price mentioned is $380, comparatively low from many competitors present in the market.
4 GB of storage and rechargeable battery is there in this device which would be fully charged in as little as 75 minutes.
Above 9 discussed AR glasses are trending nowadays. It’s obvious that there will be many other manufacturers on the globe, but the mentioned manufacturers are having more market share than others and that is the reason why customers count on them more.
Augmented reality is being propagated more and more and becoming an important aspect of the future technological advancements. AR wearables like AR glasses and other allied products would capture much more market share in upcoming years. And that is the reason why as a customer we should aware about somerecent trends in the market. AR wearables are expected to have 59.41 billion USD revenue till 2021 ending, in which AR glasses shares the major part. AR glasses are compatible and user friendly tools that let the user experience the mesmerizing experience of an immersive world of augmented reality. Hoping for the best to arrive on the tech-floor!! Let AR reach to the farthest parts of the world with such devices to achieve more technological inclusion.