Augmented reality really has every chance of becoming a technology that will eventually become widespread. After all, she was interested not only in profile companies like Google with the Glass project or Microsoft developing Holo Lens, but also manufacturers from, so to speak, related areas. For example, a major audio manufacturer Bose recently introduced its own AR-glasses. And the device "communicates" with the user not through the output of information on the display of glasses, but through sound.
New glasses have not even a name yet, since they are produced in small quantities to demonstrate new technologies. The "reality supplement" feature in AR-glasses from Bose is implemented very elegantly: the gadget is equipped with two narrowly-directional speakers built into the arms, which allows not only to receive "feedback" from glasses, but also listen to music. The glasses also have motion sensors, GPS and a communication module with a smartphone.
With built-in sensors, Bose glasses "know" which direction the user is looking at. For example, by looking at a building or a signboard, a person will be able to obtain a description, a mode of work, reviews, contacts of firms located in the house, and much more. Naturally, in the audio format. The first prototype of the device was printed on a 3D printer, and, according to the first testers of glasses,
"This is really a super lightweight AR-gadget from Bose, which does not constrain movement and almost does not feel on the face. He looks like ordinary sunglasses and does not attract attention, and all electronics, including the battery, is inside the case. "
At the same time, the points are not limited to the release of contextual information and are able to respond to gestures. So, for example, when a phone call comes in, the user can nod his head to answer the call, or shake it to reset the call. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Bose does not plan to produce AR-glasses on its own: the company will establish a venture fund with a capital of 50 million US dollars and will allocate funds for creating an ecosystem around its AR platform. With Bose already agreed to cooperate ASICS, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn and Yelp. The date of launch into production and the final cost at the moment remain unknown.