DailyDirt: Boys Don't Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Augmented Reality Displays On Their Heads…
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Smartphones and tablets are popular devices nowadays, but what’s going to come next? Smartwatches or smartglasses or smartshoes? Besides Google Glass, there are a bunch of wearable computers on the market already. So far, the smartglasses haven’t quite caught on, but maybe they just need a bit more time for people to get used to the interface. Here are just a few examples of smartglasses that you can buy if you want a glimpse into the “future” of electronic gadgets.
- The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset could be free someday (now $300), subsidized by a VR game subscription or with advertising (or both), perhaps. Oculus Rift CEO Brendan Iribe predicts that the hardware could become cheap enough that the device could be given away or bundled with software services. [url]
- The Recon Jet is a pair of sunglasses that’s also a wearable computer. It’s a bit bigger and heavier than Google Glass, and it puts its heads up display in the lower right corner of the user’s field of vision — so that it doesn’t make the user look towards the sun and because research has shown that looking down is easier than looking up. [url]
- GlassUp is another wearable heads up display that costs about $400 and pairs up with a separate mobile device so that it doesn’t use much power on its own. GlassUp puts its heads up display info near the center of a wearer’s field of vision — and early adopters can get a discount by supporting its Indiegogo campaign. [url]
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Filed Under: augmented reality, gadgets, glasses, heads up display, headsets, hud, smartglasses, vr, wearable computing
Companies: glassup, google, oculus rift, recon
Comments on “DailyDirt: Boys Don't Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Augmented Reality Displays On Their Heads…”
Keep it thin
The GlassUp sounds interesting. More generally, though, what I’d love to see is a whole series of “thin” devices that serve only as user interface platforms and rely on other devices to provide video via encrypted wireless connections. Such devices would include thin tablets (an iPad type interface device, wirelessly combined with a quad-core desktop PC as an encrypted video server) as well as wearable devices like GlassUp.
Augmented Reality Displays
You could put boobs on a tree, and somewhere, some guys will be saying… “hey… did ya see the boobs on that tree? Its hot”
Re: Augmented Reality Displays
Would’e get a woodie ?
I’m actually sort of surprised that companies have been putting the entire computer in the headgear itself up to now. Normal-looking glasses as a simple monitor, with a more powerful device carried in your pocket, makes more sense to me.
Although I really think it’d work best with a camera. The smartphone itself works as an input device for now, but personally I could see the camera eventually becoming the sole input device, using gestures and virtual input devices.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I think augmented reality glasses could replace not only monitors, but also keyboards and mice.
Re: Keep it thin
Yes, that’s what I meant – the thin devices will handle all the user interface stuff (touchpad for the thin tablet, cameras, microphones, speakers, mice & keyboard equivalents, etc., as well as the monitor function of serving up video, all transferred back to the quad-core desktop PC with mondo gigabytes of memory and mondo terabytes of disk space via a heavily encrypted (I suggest the very same cascading triple encryption that TrueCrypt uses) wireless connection.
Reality is often hard enough to deal with…..do we realy want to augment that?
“Men seldom make passes”. How do you mangle such a simple quote?
I have heard about Google Glass, but never knew there were others like it. Great post!