Glasses

Microsoft HoloLens 2 preorder ‘now shipping’ contradictions

Microsoft HoloLens 2 preorder ‘now shipping’ contradictions

On November 7, 2019, Microsoft announced that HoloLens 2 was "now shipping to customers." The confusing bit here was the less-than-perfect clarity in the message and the differences between the various different sorts of "customers" about which Microsoft was speaking. The first sentence in the Microsoft news post was a bit broad, saying "Now shipping to customers, HoloLens 2 uses AI to facilitate one of the most basic human impulses: exchanging knowledge."

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Apple’s latest work on AR glasses

Apple’s latest work on AR glasses

A USPTO patent application was made public today as filed by Apple back in March of 2019 for a so-called "Display Device." This device is also described in the patent as "an augmented reality headset." The details of this patent - the drawings, the methods - aren't nearly as important as the patent's filing details. Let's take a peek at where Apple's at when it comes to working with augmented reality holograms in a pair of smart glasses.

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Huawei just announced a pair of “smart” glasses

Huawei just announced a pair of “smart” glasses

Huawei wrapped up its P30 reveal event today with something of a surprise announcement, revealing that it's partnered with Gentle Monster to create a pair of "smart glasses." Details are still relatively slim, but Huawei did briefly talk about the hardware that's built into its latest wearable. One thing is clear from Huawei's brief presentation: These probably weren't what you were expecting when you heard the phrase "smart glasses."

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Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

The start of 2020 might well be the most exciting in years from an Apple fan's perspective. A prominent - and usually quite accurate - analyst by the name of Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple will likely release their first AR glasses in the second quarter of the year 2020. This will be an accessory, not a self-contained piece of hardware, according to the analyst - at least in its first edition.

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Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

The folks at Bose revealed a new sort of product called Frames today. Bose Frames are sunglasses that have their own speakers built in. Each pair of Frames is connected via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone and provide wireless access to virtual assistants as well as sounds of all sorts. While the speakers are external, they're still relatively private - aimed at the user and kept from the rest of the world with some interesting directional sound tech.

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North Focals are $1k smart glasses designed for subtlety

North Focals are $1k smart glasses designed for subtlety

Smart glasses are arguably the wearable with the most promise for discreet data consumption, and North - formerly known as Thalmic Labs - believes we'll pay $1,000 for custom set of specs to deliver that. The company previously tried to corner the wearable market with a totally different limb, offering the motion-tracking Myo armband. Now, it's back for your face.

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New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

This week the folks at Epson behind their wild but little-known smart glasses line MOVERIO revealed their latest set for sale online. These are the new model MOVERIO BT-35E Smart Glasses. In the MOVERIO Smart Glasses from Epson is one of the most advanced examples of industrial-grade augmented reality glasses technology in the world. This newest version of the glasses includes 720p HD Resolution and the equivalent of an 80" projected screen size measured at 16.4ft. This pair of glasses works with 100,000:1 contrast ratio with Si-OLED binocular display.

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Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles v2 are out - that's Snapchat Spectacles 2.0, according to Snap. Today we're having a look at the differences between the new Snapchat photo and video-recording glasses and their predecessor. At first glance, you might not be able to tell the difference - but once you're behind the lenses, you'll be running with heat.

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Bose AR smart glasses use audio to enhance everyday life

Bose AR smart glasses use audio to enhance everyday life

Bose has taken the wraps off Bose AR, a smart glasses prototype and first of its kind product for the company. Rather than dealing with visuals, Bose's wearable focuses on audio, the company's main product. Each arm on the smart glasses feature tiny integrated acoustic packages that deliver private audio to the wearer. The smart glasses are joined by the Bose AR SDK, which will be available to developers starting this summer.

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Intel smart glasses tipped for 2018 in cunning AR plan

Intel smart glasses tipped for 2018 in cunning AR plan

Intel could launch consumer smart glasses as soon as this year, though the chip-maker is hoping to let someone else take the reins in the AR wearable battle against Apple and others. The chip-maker has quietly been working on augmented reality eyewear for some time now, developing glasses which can overlay digital information atop the wearer's vision. Indeed, according to a new report it has already inked a deal with Quanta to actually manufacture the glasses.

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Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

It's a confusing time for Eclipse Watchers in the United States as Amazon recalls hundreds (if not thousands) of Eclipse Glasses this week. This happened just before the Total Solar Eclipse of August, 2017. This Total Solar Eclipse is a rare event because of its position - massive coverage of the sun in a path that spans the United States for over 90 minutes in one go. That doesn't often happen over such a well-populated area of land.

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Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple's augmented reality glasses may be on the roadmap, but internally the iPhone-maker still hasn't decided exactly what they should do. Chatter of a pair of AR glasses, potentially packaging displays and cameras and capable of overlaying digital graphics atop the wearer's view of the real world, has circulated for some time. However, just as it's unclear from outside Apple what the specific purpose of the wearable might be, so it's reportedly not been settled upon within the firm.

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