Augmented Reality glasses are around since 2015, mobile AR took the credit last year, and the cutting edge wearable technology getting the well deserved exposure this year. Although the technology is not yet there where VR is, but it’s getting closer. So here are 5 of the most powerful Augmented Reality glasses from 2017, and next year.
ODG R-9 Smartglasses
ODG R-9 smartglasses are Osterhout Group’s latest heavy duty equipment on the visual front and offer an additional wide-field-of-view for big business outline and representation, gaming and diversion, and broadened reality advancement. Use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6DoF and SLAM innovations to create, collaborate and devour content.
The ODG R-9 glasses are fueled by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, and runs ODG’s Android Nougat 7.0-based Reticle OS. It has six-level of-flexibility following, so it can put computerized things in genuine space rather than simply slapping a level overlay over the world. In view of the already reported Project Horizon model, the ODG R-9 is the top of the line demonstrate, intended to give more modern choices. It has a 50-degree field of view — which is huge for augumented reality glasses — with 1080p determination and a 13-megapixel forward looking camera that can record 4K video.
An extension port in the ODG R-9 glasses gives organizations a chance to connect specific sensor modules, including highlights like low-light vision or enhanced ecological scanning. At around $1,800, it’s less expensive than either the Microsoft HoloLens or ODG’s more tough R-7 industrial glasses, which will stay on sale for $2,750.
So what precisely would you say you should do with these glasses? ODG concedes that they’re not “intended to be worn constantly,” but rather are intended to be conveyed for watching movies on an advanced digital large screen, playing games, or utilizing applications. It’s working with 21st Century Fox’s Innovation Lab on encounters that incorporate 3D movies and an intelligent augmented reality demo in light of the Alien establishment. Joined with the Migu organization, this gives at least the start of a catalog, though we are still holding up to perceive how well the glasses themselves hold up.
ODG R-9 image credits: osterhoutgroup.com
Metavision Meta 2 Augmented Reality HMD
The Meta 2 is made for AR App Development .The Meta 2 arrives with highlights and abilities intended for creating special AR experiences. It is a tethered device, which is a great compromise when it comes to Augmented Reality. But that also makes certain things possible, like the the broadest field of view (FOV) accessible in AR. Regardless of whether you’re building 3D engineering models or finding out about human life structures, you can touch, get, push, and draw shocking 3D visualizations in the Meta 2. So being connected to a computer may take away some advantages from the device but it definitely going to be a powerful developer equipment for the industry.
Improve the World around You
The Meta 2’s strong optical engine overlays high-determination photorealistic content on the physical world, while the unmistakable visor empowers you to see your prompt condition and let you look at people around you.
A User Interface Primed for Productivity
The Meta 2’s user interface enables you to organize 3D content in a way that is ideal for your specific work process, making it perfect for the world of work.
- 90-degree field of view
- 5K determination, 60Hz revive rate
- Hand interaction and positional following sensors
- 720p forward looking RGB camera
- 9 ft (2.7 m) cable for video, information and power
- Weighs 1.1 lb/500g
- Adjustable head straps for comfort
- Memory foam bolsters pads
- 4 encompass sound speakers
- 3 microphones
Recommended PC System Requirements
- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor or AMD FX™ 9590, identical or better
- Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR4 or more
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390X, equal or better
- Video Output: 1x HDMI 1.4b port
- USB: 2x USB 3.0 ports
- 3D Engine: Unity 5.6 or higher
- Hard Drive Space: 2 GB or more
Meta 2 image credits: https://buy.metavision.com/
Microsoft HoloLens, under development is referred to as Project Baraboo, is a pair of mixed reality smartglasses created and manufactured by Microsoft. HoloLens picked up ubiquity for being one of the primary PCs running the Windows Mixed Reality stage under the Windows 10 operating system. The HoloLens can follow its genealogy to Kinect, an add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console that was presented in 2010.
The HoloLens is a head-mounted display unit associated with a flexible, padded inner headband, which can tilt HoloLens here and there and in addition forward and backward. To wear the unit, the client fits the HoloLens on their head, utilizing a change wheel at the back of the headband to secure it around the crown, supporting and disseminating the heaviness of the unit similarly for comfort, before tilting the visor towards the front of the eyes.
The HoloLens features an inertial estimation unit (IMU) (which incorporates an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a magnetometer) four “condition understanding” sensors (two on each side), a vitality effective profundity camera with a 120°×120° point of view, a 2.4-megapixel photographic video camera, a four-microphone array and a ambient light sensor.
Starting at 2016, various augmented reality applications have been announced or displayed for Microsoft HoloLens. A gathering of applications will be provided for free for engineers buying the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition.
Some of the applications available and accessible at launch include:
- Holograms, a list of an assortment of 3D protests that clients can place and scale around them; running from tigers and felines to space shuttles and planets.
- HoloStudio, a full-scale 3D displaying application by Microsoft with 3D print compatibility.
- An implementation of the Skype broadcast communications application by Microsoft. Any client with Skype on his or her consistent gadgets like PC, Mobile and so on can dial client on HoloLens and speak with each other even with Video call.
- HoloTour, an audio visual three-dimensional virtual tourism application.
- Young Conker, a platform game created by Microsoft and Asobo Studio, including a young version of Conker the Squirrel.
- RoboRaid (already code-named “Task X-Ray”), an expanded reality first-individual shooter game by Microsoft in which the player shields against a robot intrusion, pointing the weapon by means of gaze, and shooting by means of the Clicker button or an air tap.
- Actiongram, an application for arranging and recording short video clasps of straightforward blended reality introductions utilizing pre-made 3D virtual assets.
- Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant.
Applications for HoloLens
Microsoft Visual Studio is an IDE that can be utilized to create applications (both 2D and 3D) for HoloLens. Applications can be tried utilizing HoloLens emulator (included into Visual Studio 2015 IDE) or HoloLens Development Edition.
HoloLens can run every single Universal Window Platform apps. These applications show up as 2D projections. Not all Windows 10 APIs are as of now bolstered by HoloLens, however by and large the same application can keep running over all Windows 10 gadgets (Including HoloLens), and similar apparatuses that are utilized to create applications for Windows PC or Windows Phone can be utilized to build up a HoloLens application.
3D applications, or “holographic” applications, utilize Windows Holographic APIs. Microsoft prescribes Unity motor and Vuforia to make 3D applications for HoloLens, but at the same time it’s workable for a designer to assemble their own particular engine utilizing DirectX and Windows APIs
Epson Moverio BT-350
The BT-350 is smart glass that offers comfortable ergonomics, which means it can be worn over and again for long period by numerous users, in entire solace, regardless of their head shape and size, or if they wear glasses. Up to six hours battery life gives guests a lot of time to examine.
High contrast for genuine AR
With the BT-350, unused show space shows up genuinely transparent and thanks to our Si-OLED micro display technology and its high complexity proportion of 100,000:1. This implies augmented substance can be immersively overlaid onto this present world, making society more available and energizing.
Picture quality and performance
720p HD display and high shine guarantee a fresh picture and distinctive colours to bring exhibits into life. The intense Intel® Atom™ x5 1.44GHz quad-center CPU and 2GB RAM guarantees smooth execution. Built in connectivity and sensors incorporate Bluetooth Smart, Wi-Fi, Miracast and movement sensors. The smart glasses can likewise convey 3D content.
Simple administration and operation
The BT-350 can be utilized both outside and inside thanks to the flip-up shade, or totally hands free because of the controller pocket and neck tie. Several units can be charged and refreshed all the while by means of a discretionary charger, making gadget administration simple.
- Powerful guest encounters: Bring scenes to life through the power of AR
- Durable and adaptable plan: Designed to be worn effortlessly by an extensive variety of guests
- Accessories for multi-unit administration: Easy administration and operation of numerous units for huge scale deployment
- Amazing picture quality: HD show (720p) and high brilliance guarantee a fresh picture and clear colours
- Cutting edge performance: 1.44GHz quad-center CPU, 2GB RAM and battery life up to six hours
Image credits: Epson
The Vuzix M300 is focused for business use cases, especially mechanical, development, medicinal, retail, inventory network, and remote help desk capacities. Much like Google Glass, the Vuzix M300 permits its clients hands free information access and capture.
Running on a dual core Intel Atom processor, the Android-based smartglasses are furnished with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB port with OTG bolster, coordinated GPS, head-following sensors, and 64 GB flash memory.
The gadget’s camera is fit for 13 megapixel pictures and 1080p video, with features including auto-center, optical picture adjustment, and glimmer, while the eye-mounted display can yield 24-bit color and greater than 2,000 nits brilliance with 20 degrees field of view, or what might as well be called a 5-inch mobile device held 14 inches before the watcher.
Client contribution on the Vuzix M300 is led by means of four Android work buttons and a touch padmounted on the display side casing rail, and through voice route and a remote control application from paired iOS and Android gadgets.
With the application installed on the Vuzix M300 and the software programming running on a Mac or Windows PC, clients can reflect or stretch out the PC’s desktop to the headset’s display, which is associated with the PC through Wi-Fi or USB link.
Image credits: Vuzix
|Name:||Microsoft Hololens||ODG R-9||Epson Moverio BT-350||Metavision Meta 2||Vuzix M-300|
|FOV:||See-through Holographic Lenses (Waveguides)||50°||approx. 23°||90°||Diagonal 16.7°
equivalent to a 5 in. mobile device screen seen at 17 inches
|Display & Optics:||2x HD 16:9 Light Engines
Automatic Pupillary Distance Calibration
Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)
Dual 1080p Stereoscopic See-Thru Displays at up to 60fps
22:9 & 16:9 Aspect Ratios
|Si-OLED (Silicon - Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
0.43" inch wide panel (16:9) LCD
|2.5K resolution @60Hz||nHD color displays
16:9 Aspect Ratio
24 bit color
|Human Understanding:||Spatial sound
|Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Camera for Enhanced Environmental Tracking and Positioning||Capacitive Multitouch||Neural Path of Least Resistance™||Voice control
2 Axis touch pad with gesture control
|Processing:||Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0)
Intel 32 bit architecture with TPM 2.0 support
|Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 2.45GHz 8-core Processor||Intel Atom5 1.44GHz Quad Core||Intel® Core™ i7-6700 or AMD AMD FX™ 9590 equivalent or better (runs from PC)||Dual Core Intel Atom CPU|
|Power:||2-3 hours of active use
Standby time: up to 2 weeks
Fully functional while charging
|1400mAh Lithium Polymer Batteries (2x 700mAh)||Li-Polymer
|Powered by PC||160mAh internal battery supports hot swapping of external batteries
860mAh smart external battery
2GB RAM (2GB CPU and 1GB HPU)
|6GB Pop LP-DDR-4 RAM||2 GB RAM
16 GB SD
|required 16 GB RAM DDR4 or more||2GB RAM
64GB flash storage
|Compatibility:||Windows 10||Reticle OS (based on Android 7.0 Nougat)||Android 5.1||required Windows 10 (64-bit)||Android 6 OS|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11ac||Bluetooth® 5.0
|IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with WiFi
Bluetooth Smart Ready Class2
|Cable connection to a desktop PC||Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac – Dual-B 2.4/5 GHz
|Input / Output:||Built-in Speakers
Audio 3.5mm jack
Battery status LEDs
|Two Digital Microphones
USB Type-C: Charging & Data Transfer
Audio and Video Output
Built-In Stereo Speakers
|Head-set 2.0 mW / 16 ohm 3.5 φ Stereo
|1x HDMI 1.4b port
2x USB 3.0 ports
4x surround sound speakers
9ft(2.7m) cable for video, data & power
Dual noise canceling microphones
MicroUSB 2.0 HS
Mixed reality Capture (MRC)
1x Ambient Light Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Expansion Port ( MIPI-CSI)
|Hand interaction & positional tracking sensors||3-degree of freedom head tracking
3 axis gyro
3 axis accelerometer
3 axis mag/integrated compass
Proximity inward facing
Proximity/ALS outward facing
|Cameras:||4x Environment Understanding Cameras
1x Depth Camera
1x 2MP Photo / HD Video Camera
|13MP Autofocus Camera
(1080p @ 120fps, 4k @ 60fps)
5MP Cameras for Stereo Capture and Depth Tracking
Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Camera for Enhanced Environmental Tracking and Positioning
|5MP||720p front-facing RGB camera||10MP Camera|
|Weight:||579g||Less than 181g||approx. 129 g (Without magnet case)||420g without straps & cables||Unknown|