Augmenting your world with no Glasses
Everyone is waiting for the arrival of Magic Leap One, as well as the next iteration of the Hololens, and wondering when you would see a Meta sans cables and working hand tracking. In summary, everonewants Sci-Fi-styled compact AR glasses that you can wear every day. But wait a second. Is the spectacles craze justified? Would people want to wear glasses if they didn’t have to in “real life”? Or is there a better approach to improve your environment? Step back one more, show numerous examples today, and give an idea on an alternative to AR glasses and why not having any device in your hand or visible at all to augment your life or Go game might come in handy. Understand first what is S.C.G.?
Augmented Reality: What Is It?
Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Extended Reality. Terms are getting jumbled up or misconstrued these days (compared to classic definitions you find in early papers). But that doesn’t matter in this case. I’d want to emphasise that AR can be a generic digital extension of your senses (plural) in a variety of ways. It’s not just visual information that you cast straight into your eyes; it may also be spatial or location-bound sounds (see my piece on augmented audio), tactile sensations (tock-tock from your smartWatch to make a right turn), and so on.
When should you utilise augmented reality glasses?
For years, AR glasses appeared to be the holy grail of AR technologies. It has the most difficulties to overcome. Well, there’s still some time left. The benefits of reaching the technological level everyone desiresis numerous. You may have a pocket-PC that you can wear on your nose at all times because it is wireless, transportable, compact, and constantly available. It displays contextual information directly in your field of view, eliminating the need to hold something in your hand. It is personal information, which can be beneficial or inconvenient. As with the original edition of Google Glass, social issues may occur. People may (still) be uneasy about someone using smartglasses. The individual wearing glasses may be distracted by AR during a conversation, or he or she may be recording the chat, so undermining social relationships and trust.Another concern stems from human interaction (as already stated here): darkened glasses might be creepy or unpleasant.
Technology is everything today
Technology must yet strike a compromise between not-shaded (but lower image clarity) and fully-shaded images (but less human eye interaction). In brief, wearing AR glasses must function in the current context and provide the necessary added value. Ronald Azuma of Intel delivered a fantastic talk that perfectly outlines the history and current state of AR, as well as mentioning this topic: it must be worth it. People use glasses because they can see healthier with them. This would include everything from digital spatial data integration, to prescription glasses or sunglasses to AR x-ray vision, and anything else that would be required in a given situation.The roadmap for AR glasses will most likely start with narrow use cases (where it’s acceptable to wear a battery belt or look nerdy) and then progress to general public use (if ever).