smart glasses

OLED smart glasses display firm denies Apple invested

OLED smart glasses display firm denies Apple invested

Apple did not invest in an OLED specialist making microdisplays for wearables, the company has said, despite reports suggesting the Cupertino firm might be shoring up its smart glasses supply chain. Emagin makes OLED microdisplays with particularly high resolution and which, though little use to the naked eye, when combined with magnifying optics could be ideal for wearable displays.

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Apple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application

Apple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application

Apple has cooked up a new head-mounted display design that could dramatically shrink the size of a virtual reality or augmented reality headset, a newly-published patent application reveals. The company has been coy about its AR and VR ambitions, with CEO Tim Cook dismissing suggestions of any sort of imminent smart glasses release by pointing out the technology just isn't ready.

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Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses are real, and they're arguably the most realistic vision of how wearable computing can escape the "Glasshole" reputation. Fruit of the chip-maker's efforts to develop super-low-power processors for lightweight headsets, they may look like regular fashion frames but there's a laser surprise hidden inside. Just as important as what Vaunt's smart glasses can do, though, is the ways in which Intel has tried to circumnavigate its ill-fated predecessors.

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Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses are real (and real discreet)

Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses are real (and real discreet)

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses aren't Augmented Reality, they're not entertainment-changing Virtual Reality, and they're definitely not Google Glass. What they are, we've discovered today, is a set of spectacles that look pretty much like regular eyeglasses. That's entirely by design, and Intel's Vaunt team has apparently worked hard to pare back the tech glitz in order to hit some essentials.

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Olympus EyeTrek Insight EI-10 smart glasses are made for business

Olympus EyeTrek Insight EI-10 smart glasses are made for business

Olympus has launched a pair of smart glasses that look like Google Glass on steroids. Called the EyeTrek Insight EI-10, these smart glasses aren't made for the average consumer, but instead are intended for use in industries where having on-demand access to visual data can make tasks easier, safer and more efficient. The glasses will be available to buy starting this month.

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Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Despite having coffers as large as Google, more or less, Amazon is less trigger-happy when it comes to hardware not directly related to its core business of selling people stuff. Especially after it got burned so hard by the Fire Phone, pun totally intended. Its success with its Echo line of speakers, however, may have emboldened Amazon to make a leap of faith again, this time by putting its Alexa assistant on your face, via its own spin on the smart glasses wearable.

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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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Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses have been teased for possible release by one of the most prominent Apple-centric analysts in the world today. This tip comes from Loup Venture's Gene Munster, who forecasts that Apple Glasses, an AR wearable, will begin to appear in the year 2020. It's projected that the iPhone will reach its peak sales in the year 2019, then Apple's next big thing will be Apple Glasses, which will appear 1 year later.

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It seems time to revive the Google Glass

It seems time to revive the Google Glass

Google is a company not known to shy away from expensive experiments that get left by the wayside. Usually, those abandoned projects remain dead unless taken up by the community. So imagine the surprise and bewilderment when Google suddenly pushed out not just an update to the MyGlass app but an update to the Google Glass firmware itself. Now might be a good time to dust off those spectacles and relive the memories of what could have been.

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Apple’s roadmap allegedly leaked: iPhone 8, Glasses, 2018 MacBook, more

Apple’s roadmap allegedly leaked: iPhone 8, Glasses, 2018 MacBook, more

Apple's WWDC 2017 event is only a few days away now, meaning we'll soon have a decent idea of the company's plans for the rest of the year. But what about beyond that? What's Apple planning or working on that we won't find out about until 2018 or later? Well, an in-depth thread on the Apple subreddit has appeared this weekend, with a supposed Foxconn insider revealing a number of details on the company's product roadmap.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential might be plotting smart glasses of its own

Andy Rubin’s Essential might be plotting smart glasses of its own

It's only been a few days since Essential revealed its new phone to the world, but the company's plan for the future may extend beyond handsets and AI assistants. As it turns out, Essential is also holding a patent for a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. This may not come as a shock to many people, considering Essential CEO Andy Rubin's background at Google, but these AR glasses look quite a bit different than what we saw with Google Glass.

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Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Snapchat's Spectacles may have given wearable cameras the consumer-acceptance Google Glass never had, but a far more capable set of specs could steal their thunder. Vuzix - which has been pushing head-mounted displays for several years now, though primarily to enterprise users and developers - brought its latest glasses to CES this week, the Blade 3000. While at first glance they might look like regular glasses, they're actually outfitted with a transparent display.

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