smart glasses

The key tech for Smart Glasses you’d actually want to wear may finally be here

The key tech for Smart Glasses you’d actually want to wear may finally be here

Smart glasses may be on the horizon, but if they're not going to be chunky, oversized frames you'd never want to wear every day then micro-display technology needs to catch up. That's what Bosch is promising with its new Light Drive, a significantly smaller projection system capable of putting a transparent display onto the lens of a pair of glasses.

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North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

Last year, North launched its first pair Focals, minimalist smart glasses that looked a lot like a traditional pair of eyeglasses. Since that time, the company has been selling Focals in showrooms located in Toronto and Brooklyn, through pop-up stores, and online. At the time of launch, there was some question as to whether or not people would pay $1,000 for smart glasses, but apparently enough people bought them to warrant a follow-up, with North today announced Focals 2.0.

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OPPO AR Glasses Hands-on: OPPO’s future vision

OPPO AR Glasses Hands-on: OPPO’s future vision

At OPPO's INNO DAY conference, it revealed its grand vision for growing its business beyond smartphones and, as expected, 5G was one of the core focus of its expansion. This was also unsurprisingly tied to the technologies it enabled and improved, like augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and IoT. What was completely unexpected, however, was that OPPO had been silently working on its own AR glasses for that very purpose. We were able to spend some time with the device to try it out get an early peek at OPPO's vision of its future.

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OPPO just revealed its own AR glasses [UPDATED]

OPPO just revealed its own AR glasses [UPDATED]

Google has put the nail in the coffin of its expensive and short-lived Google Glasses experiment but the dream of AR spectacles never truly died. It's just that pulling off one that balances comfort, portability, and privacy is one of the most difficult feats to accomplish in the tech industry. Defying those odds, OPPO has just revealed at its inaugural OPPO Inno Day that it is working exactly on its own augmented reality glasses, trying to prove that its innovation goes beyond just smartphones.

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Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Information released in a report today showed the company Magic Leap in deep trouble. This is a company that built its reputation on the future of augmented reality, aka AR, creating AR technology (like AR headsets) to capitalize on and participate in the modern world of AR/VR computing. But as losses mounted, they began to reach the wrong milestones - points at which they needed to fire "dozens of employees" and at which important early supporters began leaving the company.

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Pokemon GO’s Niantic is making real AR glasses with Qualcomm

Pokemon GO’s Niantic is making real AR glasses with Qualcomm

Pokémon Go maker Niantic plans to make an augmented reality headset using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR2 Platform, paving the way to new games that integrate digital graphics with the real world. The collaboration will see the Niantic Real World Platform brought to not only Niantic's hardware but opened to other developers who want to make vast, shared AR experiences.

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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 smart glasses roadmap leaks and there’s good news and bad

Apple smart glasses roadmap leaks and there’s good news and bad

You may have to wait longer than rumored for Apple's augmented reality headset, according to the latest leaks, with the AR wearable said to be unlikely to debut until 2022 at the earliest. Even then, sources familiar with the Cupertino company's plans suggest, you may want to wait until version two the following year before you open your wallet.

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Samsung AR glasses could take the fight to Apple on a new front

Samsung AR glasses could take the fight to Apple on a new front

As the virtual reality industry appears to be moving away from mobile VR, it seems that phone manufacturers are looking to augmented reality to fill the gap. Apple is said to be working on its own set of AR glasses, and if a new design patent is anything to go on, it appears that Samsung is too. We even get a look at Samsung-official render in this design patent, leaving little to the imagination when it comes to what these AR glasses might look like.

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Apple AR Smart Glasses could finally arrive next year

Apple AR Smart Glasses could finally arrive next year

The battle cry of many network operators, tech companies, and especially smartphone makers for the past year or so has been 5G. With the exception of Google and Apple, of course. Neither company is convinced that the technology is ready for consumers and are biding their time to put out products that support the fifth-gen network. That may finally happen next year and it could go hand in hand with Apple's other great 2020 reveal: a pair of augmented reality glasses.

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Apple’s AR glasses are closer than we thought says analyst

Apple’s AR glasses are closer than we thought says analyst

Apple has been working on integrating augmented reality capabilities in its devices for quite some time now, and naturally, that's led to talk of Apple making some kind of augmented reality headset of its own. Rumors of such a headset have persisted for years at this point, and after all that talk, we may finally see Apple's AR hardware launch at some point next year.

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Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses have been on adverts, movies and the news for decades now. From Google Glass way back in 2012, to Peter Parker’s EDITH spectacles, we’ve seen why there’s certainly a place for tech like this in our world. These technologically enhanced spectacles come with all sorts of tricks up its sleeve, from inbuilt sensors and cameras. Most also have Augmented Reality or Heads-Up Displays (HUD), like what you’ll find in Iron Man’s helmet - Despite this awareness, smart glasses have never really kicked off, even after being in mass production for many years now.

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