“Nobody wants to look like the guy who just came out of Starship Enterprise,” Paul Travers, president of augmented reality glasses maker Vuzix, told me.
He’s being polite, so I’ll tell him what he won’t: It’s difficult to wear a VR or AR headset for more that an hour. It’s heavy! Hololens MicrosoftIt’s really neat, but it costs a pound and half to make. And Magic LeapShe is stunning, but it looks strange on her.
Vuzix has your answer. In CES 2023The company also unveiled the Ultralite AR glasses. These are plain-looking plastic frames with a small projector hidden in one stem and a small radio and battery in the other. Combine that with Vuzix waveguides—a layer in glasses that bends projector light in your line of vision—and you get ordinary-looking glasses that do an extraordinary job.
The Vuzix Ultralite was on and I saw in the corner of my right lens a line of green text. This is the same type you see on old mainframes from War Games. It was sharp, easily readable, and as bright as day. It was a transcription of what another Vuzix employee had said. The device is equally adept in displaying directions with arrows to indicate where to travel, exercise status, and text messages.
This is not a full-color 30fps video. This technology also existsLumus, an Israeli company. However, the company informed me that it has been at least two decades and that due to the cost, it will probably arrive in a single app. (It means a single lens to fit your eyeglasses. However, if you have a monocle, they could make one.
Today, the Vuzix Ultralite arrived and it is exactly what I was looking. It doesn’t need a bulky battery pack or a cord to hold it, as it connects directly to your phone via Bluetooth. This connection does not transmit a lot of video, so it is unnecessary to use this cable. It’s a simple pair of glasses that take advantage of the power of your smartphone.
Travers says, “This phone has incredible potential.” Why are you trying so hard to recreate it? “For example, translating speech and language. You can speak French while I’m wearing glasses and it’s all English in the lenses.” Put a microphone in the lenses and you can fully interact with your phone, too.
Travers said, “We’ve been doing this for 26 years.” His company has been making wavesguides since the beginning and they are now made right here in America at a Rochester, New York facility. We asked the Special Forces men, “Can you make Oakley-style sunglasses that have computers in them?” We want it, and we call it Oakley Gaze. If you could, half of the US military would purchase this stuff. This was our main focus.
Microsoft was recently awarded by the US government Half a billion dollar contractHololens This is what’s happening. Maybe the government should not intervene?
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