Augmented Reality is one of the latest and most promising terms in technology. However, the concept goes back to the 1900s when Howard Grubb patented the collimating reflector. Unlike VR, Augmented reality (AR) is not bound to only a headset and is being tested everywhere you can imagine, from phone to wearable and even on projectors.
Though Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (MR) also fall under the same extended reality spectrum, Augmented Reality has the biggest potential for mass consumption.
Types of AR
Regarding the use cases, there are four types of AR devices available right now as follows:
- Heads up displays (HUD)
- Holographics displays
- Smart Glasses, and
The best thing about AR is it doesn’t require dedicated hardware and can utilize phones, tablets, and computers. As mobile phones become more and more powerful, the day will come soon when phones, AR glasses, and headset will coexist together. Here are some of the AR devices that are and will change the future:
Microsoft Hololens 2
Developed by Microsoft, Hololens 2 is by far the closest glass to a perfect AR device.
It has two 2k 120Hz display that ensures a resolution capable of integrating 3D objects better than any of the available AR devices. Hololens 2 also tracks eye and hand movement so that you can interact naturally with the virtual world.
With a little more calibration, and minimizing the size, Hololens 2 can be the fearless leader of Augmented Reality.
Magic Leap One
Magic Leap was 2018’s most trending startup raising about 3 billion USD from multiple giant companies. At the end of 2018, they launched Magic Leap One, a revolutionary AR device. Though the price is roughly $2295, Magic leap one allows you to see AR images in the real world. In a world dominated by technology, a device that doesn’t remove you entirely from the real world seems like a good option.
Unlike Hololens and Magic Leap One, Epson Moverio AR devices allow you to see a virtual display floating alongside the real world. The display is relative to your eyes and head instead of the world in front of you. This ensures that the display will stay display positioned towards you all the time.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition
Google Glass was a failure when it was first introduced. With features like recording video or capturing images without even notifying people around made the device unpleasant to users. However, Google found a way to recover from it. Using Google’s Artificial Intelligence, and features like customizing glass as needed, it is now a perfect fit for doctors, mechanics, or entrepreneurs and others alike. It allows them to use both hands to work while staying connected with the virtual world to make things more productive and efficient.
Vuzix Blade AR
Vuzix Blade AR took the place Google Glass left a few years back. However, it has an integrated display in the middle of the glass instead of an awkward independent display in the corner. It uses Alexa to do the basic operations, and can also be paired with smartphones. In addition, unlike Google Glass’s camera, the Vuzix Blade AR camera has a red indicator to let everyone know if the camera is on.
What is next?
When it comes to augmented reality, glasses are always on the news. Someone always comes up with more innovative and powerful AR glasses. As per rumors spread towards the end of 2019, the tech giant Apple is also getting serious about AR glasses. Keeping everything in mind, it is reasonable to say that 2020 will be a big year for Augmented Reality.