How Apple Glass Will Define the World of Wearable AR Technology
Posted by: Georgia Center for Sight
The Apple Glass augmented reality glasses have been a rumor for a long time now. However, it seems that this revolutionary technology is close to hitting the market now. As apple teases the release of Apple Glass, we are beginning to see what the futuristic, first-generation wearable glasses could look like.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of wearable technology, here’s the low-down. Augmented reality displays can be rendered on devices resembling eyeglasses, providing the framework for the beginning of wearable facial technology. Versions include eyewear that employs cameras to intercept the real world view and re-display its augmented view through the eyepieces and devices in which the AR imagery is projected through or reflected off the surfaces of the eyewear lens pieces. Not to be confused with virtual reality or mixed reality, even though they all fall under the extended reality spectrum, augmented reality is believed to have the biggest potential for mass consumption.
“Smartglasses” are considered the next big breakthrough for wearables that will filter into our daily lives. Putting useful connected features in front of our eyes is a challenge that both startups and major tech players have stepped up to try and make a reality. The concept was thrust into the spotlight with Google Glass, and while Glass lives on in the workplace, it failed to break into the mainstream.
In short, the Apple AR Glasses will bring information from your phone to your face. Specifically, the glasses “are expected to synchronize with a wearer’s iPhone to display things such as texts, emails, maps, and games over the user’s field of vision.” Apple also has plans for third-party apps, and is considering a dedicated app store, similar to how you get apps for the Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Furthermore, a patent granted to Apple has further fuelled the rumor that Apple Glass won’t need prescription lenses as the smart glasses will automatically adjust for people with poor eyesight using an “optical subassembly.” This has the potential to be revolutionary in a world where a projected 164 million American adults wear glasses.
While this technology’s release date is uncertain, you can be sure that wearable technology will only become more sophisticated as the years go on. If you are interested in AR glasses, be sure to keep up with the latest reports on Apple’s proposed smart glasses.
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