There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding virtual reality over the past couple of years as Oculus VR has gained traction and imitators have appeared on the scene to try and steal some of its thunder. However there’s a similar technology that deserves just as much praise and interest and that’s augmented reality. Atheer labs is one of the companies at the forefront of its development and they have a pretty interesting product for it, in the form of a pair of AR glasses.
Atheer’s product has a real industrial and enterprise focus, so while it’s product is good looking, its the function that’s really important. They incorporate dual transparent digital displays, giving a true 3D, stereoscopic projection and allowing you to see digital objects as if they’re real right in front of you. However these aren’t just passive tools, but active ones, allowing you to interact via gesture controls.
This means keeping your hands free for important tasks, be that performing surgery, creating three dimensional virtual objects like you’re Tony Stark, or augmenting your driving experience through more detailed information. You can also access remote applications at the swish of the hand, making it possible to perform work when you’re not at your desk or in-front of a laptop.
The glasses feature a wide field of view to make sure that you have all the room you need to complete your tasks. Atheer has also made a real effort to cut back any lag. While delays don’t make the user feel nauseous like it can with virtual reality, lag is still a very undesirable quality to have, so it’s been reduced as much as possible.
Fully compatible with the Android operating system, Atheer is also releasing APIs and SDKs to make sure that developers can create all sorts of useful applications and software for it, further improving its uses.
At the time of writing you can’t buy one of Atheer’s glasses yourself. However Atheer is offering demos to companies and enterprises that are interested in the technology, so if you’d like to try it out all you need to do is get in touch.
VR is getting a lot of attention for its gaming applications and it seems like Atheer could drum up a lot of interest if it too had a bit more of a gaming feel to it, though clearly the uses in the enterprise are wide and varied. Voice controls are also an addition I’d like to see in the future.
The Atheer Augmented reality glasses are certainly something I’d be interested in trying, though the commercial value would need to be weighed against the eventual cost.