The term Augmented Reality (AR) describes digitally enhancing a view of a physical, real-world environment. Elements such as text, graphics, and video are overlaid on what a user sees. One way to view these enhanced images is through AR glasses. Check out some of the current AR glasses that have hit the market.
To begin, we start with Google Glass. Hacks are plentiful for using Glass with Google’s own AR game, Ingress, and speculation abounds that official support might be coming. Other big-name apps with official Glass extensions include Twitter, Evernote, and Facebook. Lots of unofficial apps can be found at sites like glassappsource.com and glass-apps.org.
Next we have the Vuzix M2000AR. This see-through AR system design offers hands-free access to information for industrial users, training personnel, heavy equipment operators, and assembly workers. It acts as a mobile display system with a built-in camera to provide augmented content to the operator. The screen goes over one eye and displays a 720p, full-color image. Because it’s intended for the work site, the M2000AR doesn’t even try to blend in or be fashionable – in fact, it comes complete with a hard hat.
The Meta Pro starts shipping in September, but already boasts more than 500 augmented reality apps. Resembling thick sunglasses, this unique eyepiece is designed with a much larger screen area than Google Glass and possesses greater computing capabilities. It allows the user to interact in 3D space with their hands through the use of its sensors. The bulk of the computing power is housed in an attached pocket computer, feeding the holographic display in front of your eyes.
Finally we have Optinvent’s ORA-S. The ORA-S smart glasses can display directly in the user’s line of sign or a bit lower with the flip of its projection hardware. Its Bluetooth interface enables eight hours of battery life for mapping, messaging, photo, and other applications. Pre-orders ship in May.
Augmented Reality is becoming more prevalent in business, education, entertainment, sports, navigation, and medical science, providing for an authentic learning experience for workers, educators, healthcare professionals, the military, the tech-savvy individual, and gamers and game developers. Undoubtedly the technology will become more refined as time goes on. What kind of apps can you envision for wearable augmented reality displays right now?
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