When Google Glass was first announced, it was treated as a potential revolution, but what was announced as a bold augmented reality future never really took off. Fortunately, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Virtual reality struggled for decades before reaching a level of sophistication and user interest to properly enter the market, and the rise of virtual assistants followed a former trajectory. Smart glasses are alive and well. Here are some of the most exciting opportunities coming down the pipeline in the next few years.
ODG R – 7 Smartglasses
While smart glasses original caught hold of the public imagination for their entertainment purposes, augmented reality shows a lot of promises for a wide variety of business models. The ODG R – 7 comes in a consumer model, but the most interesting features come in the form of the R-7HL, designed explicitly for hazardous conditions. These smart glasses could provide critical information to people working in the manufacturing and maintenance sectors and provide them with the relevant information they need to reduce accidents.
Epson has long been seen as a printer manufacturer, but they’re making some aggressive moves to corner the augmented reality market. Their Moverio device was first launched in Southeast Asia in 2012, but they’ve been steadily working on expanding its capabilities so it can see wider adoption throughout the world. The latest models offer support for video, and they’re already seeing significant use in the medical sector. The hands-free approach Moverio provides makes them an ideal choice for surgeons and clinicians who can use the device to access the data they need while still having free use of their hands and specialized tools. It also shows promise in the field of dentistry, allowing providers to see a heads up overlay of a patients’ mouth while they do their work.
The future of augmented reality is likely one where there’s no one size fits all solution. Each headset will come with its own features and capabilities specialized to certain needs that allow them to remain affordable and lightweight. That’s the case with the Vuzix M300, an AR headset built for the needs of enterprise level businesses. The high level specs like Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB of storage can give business leaders the data they need quickly and effectively without having to rely on computers or mobile devices.