I’ve been looking for the right Augmented Reality glasses that can suit my needs. Most of the products have disappointed me and made me feel that we are 5 years away from getting one that works flawlessly.
Augmented Reality is all about filling the Real world with augmented objects that fit the Real world, nicely. Watching virtual balls fall through a digital gap in a table, and a life-sized virtual human sitting in an empty chair, those are things we expect from a good Augmented Reality glasses.
Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality
Whereas virtual reality shows you only a digital landscape, augmented reality (AR) mixes virtual information, like text or images, into your view of the real world in real-time.
In the last few years, AR has started appearing on smart phones. On phones, software superimposes information on top of your view of the world, as seen through the device’s screen. But AR eyewear is superior because of inherent advantages — it provides a more immersive experience.
Best Augmented Reality Glasses
The Wrap 920AR glasses from Vuzix does it perfectly. It costs around $1,995, which is about half the price of other AR goggles with similar image resolution. The glasses will primarily appeal gamers, animators, architects, and software developers, and it has developed software for building AR environments, which is included with the glasses.
So what does it feel like wearing one of these Glasses? Wearing the 920AR means looking at the world through a pair of LCD video displays.
The glasses have two video cameras for 3d augmentation of depth. Apart form that glasses are equipped with accelerometers, gyro sensors, and magnetometers that track the direction in which the wearer is looking. The best part of the glasses is that this Augmented reality glasses work with iPhone, and compatible devices like Android, for portable power and controls, such as loading a particular AR object or environment.
The Vuzix software can recognize and track visual markers and lock onto a certain object or color. By tracking head movements, the software can make sure that virtual objects are perfectly positioned atop the real world.
“There are other folks who make stereo, see-through eyewear, but there’s no one making anything near the price point of Vuzix’s,” says Steve Feiner, professor of computer science at Columbia University, and a lead AR researcher since the 1990s. Also, the integration of cameras and motion sensors into the display makes the glasses less bulky.