6 Amazing Augmented Reality Glasses to Keep an Eye Before You Consider Buying A Fabulous Smart Glass in Your Tight Budget: Augrealitypedia
In my earlier posts, I have explained about the Augmented Reality and its uses in the various fields like medical, education and games. Also, you can experience the usefulness of this amazing technology through various AR apps installed on your smart-phone. Today, I will discuss about Augmented reality Glasses. These are the wearable device similar to your goggles. But, these are capable of adding virtual contents directly into your real view of sight. In other words, AR glasses augment your vision with more relevant information about the object being seen. OK, to give you an idea, the best example I can provide here is from the famous Hollywood movie “Terminator”. In the movie, the actor looks towards any person and the details about that person pops out instantaneously in front of his eyes. Although at the time of release, the movie was just an imagination but now you can actually get that terminator-vision with the help of Augmented Reality Glasses. Yes! I am absolutely correct. AR glasses are now a Reality! And, if you are willing to buy one for yourself, I have shortlisted 6 Amazing Augmented Reality Glasses for you.
6 Amazing Augmented Reality Glasses to keep an Eye before You consider Buying it
Before you actually make your mind to purchase a fabulous smart-glass for yourself, I recommend you to go through below list of six best Augmented Reality Glasses. While some of them are completely stand-alone other need a PC connection. Whichever the case, you will be really amazed to know the capability of these smart-glasses. So, let’s move ahead and walk through the world augmented with AR glasses.
#1. Epson Moverio BT-300
Moverio BT-300 is a lightweight android based AR glass. In fact, Epson claims it as the lightest smart-glass among all Augmented Reality Glasses till December 2016. This smart-glass consists of a pair of fully transparent glasses very similar to your normal goggles. But, unlike your normal glasses, Epson Moverio BT-300 is a stand alone AR glass featuring a powerful Intel Atom processor (1.44 GHz Quad Core). Few of the key features of this AR glass “Moverio BT-300” can be listed out as below :-
- 5 MP HD Camera with built-in Motion tracker.
- 16GB of usable storage with additional support for MicroSDHC card up to 32GB.
- HD display with resolution of 1280 x 720P.
- Android 5.1 Operating System.
- Support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.
- In-built Sensors like GPS, Magnetic, Accelerometer and Gyroscope.
- Si-OLED display.
Furthermore, BT-300 has two components:- 1.) The wearable glass and 2.) The controller with touch-pad and android buttons. Thus, once you wear this AR glass, pair of transparent glasses display relevant virtual information infused in your actual view of sight and the controller enables you to navigate through different options just like you do with your android smart-phone. And, yes! according to Epson Moverio website, display of BT-300 resembles to view a large 80-inch screen from a distance of 5 meters. Don’t forget to check below YouTube video of Epson Moverio BT-300.
#2. Vuzix AR3000
Vuzix AR3000, one of the awesome see-through Augmented Reality Glasses is also based on the Android operating system. And, this smart-glass allows you to not only visualize the virtual 3D objects as a real world object rather you can also interact with them in the real-time. Few of the key features of this AR glass “Vuzix AR3000” can be listed out as below :-
- 2 Nos. of HD cameras, one of them is dedicated for gesture support.
- Android 6.0 Operating software.
- Quad-Core ARM Processor.
- Noise-cancellation mics.
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Moreover, this amazing Augmented reality Glass is quite useful for various enterprise users from medical and industrial domain. Do check below YouTube video to see Vuzix Smart-glass in action.
#3. Meta 2 Development Kit
Unlike other Augmented Reality Glasses, Meta 2 smart-glass comes along with a software development kit (SDK). Well, construction wise, Meta 2 headset resembles with Microsoft HoloLens. However, unlike HoloLens, this is not a stand-alone AR headset and must be tethered with a PC. But, apart from the need of PC, the major difference between the two is price. Yes! the cost for Meta 2 development kit is $949, less than one third of Microsoft HoloLens ($3000). Nevertheless to mention that you can treat Meta 2 as a tough competitor of HoloLens. Few of the key features of this “Meta 2 development Kit” can be listed out as below :-
- A superb resolution of 2550 x 1440 with 60 Hz refresh rate.
- 90 degree field of view.
- A near-ear Audio System with 4 speakers.
- A front-facing camera with 720p resolution.
- Set of sensors for providing hand-inputs and positional-tracking.
- A long HDMI cable for video, power and data transmission.
Do check below YouTube video to know what Meta 2 Development kit can do?
Unlike most Augmented Reality Glasses, CastAR smart-glass allows you to use it either as a true AR glass or convert it as a VR headset for complete immersive experience. This smart-glass is specially designed for Gamers. Like HoloLens and Meta 2, this AR glass projects Holograms into your real view. Thus, it enables you to hold and interact with virtual objects. Few of the key features of this AR headset “CastAR” can be listed out as below :-
- 1280×720 resolution per eye with 120 Hz refresh rate.
- Clip-On attachment for AR/VR conversion.
- Comes with a Magic Wand, an input device / joystick.
- Consists of two micro-projectors, one for each eye.
- Consists of a tiny camera in the middle of the frame.
Do check below YouTube video and see the Augmented world through CastAR smart-glasses.
#5. ODG Smart glasses
In the world of Augmented Reality glasses, Osterhout Design Group (ODG) is a well-known name. The company has unveiled two types of AR based smart-glasses, named R-8 & R-9. Like Microsoft HoloLens, these AR glasses project virtual 3d objects in your real view instead of just overlaying virtual elements over the real world. Few of the key features of “ODG smart glasses” can be listed out as below :-
- Both R-8 & R-9 are having Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Chip.
- Both will Run on Android 7.0.
- Smart-glass R-9 has 1080p resolution whereas R-8 has only 720p.
Moreover, both R-8 & R-9 is expected to be launched soon with a price tag of around $1000 and $1800 respectively. Do check below YouTube video of ODG smart glasses.
#6. Lenovo New Glass C200
Well, with the launch of Tango-enabled smartphone– Phab 2 Pro, the well-known Smart-phone manufacturer Lenovo has already shown its keen interest into the Augmented Reality. Now, going one step ahead, the company has entered into the Augmented reality glasses domain and unveiled a New Glass C200 at CES 2017. Like CastAR, this smart-glass is also capable for both AR and VR. Moreover, this AR glass has mainly aimed to the enterprise customers and expected to release in June 2017.
Related :- 5 Realistic Comparison between AR & VR.
In summary, I can say that Augmented Reality technology is slowly entering into various gadgets and accessories we use. And, Augmented Reality Glasses are one of the live examples we can feel through our eyes. And, the best part is that you can use these smart-glasses without your smartphones as well. Also, these Augmented Reality glasses have many practical utilization in various fields like in surgery, training, construction or even in gaming. While the focus is to make AR glasses more smarter and smarter, many companies are in the race to develop AR glasses with more compact design. Nevertheless to mention that ideal situation would be such that you can’t differentiate the AR glass with your ordinary glass.
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