AR Glasses

Interact with your real-world environment

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens

Not a copycat of the big VR headsets, Microsoft HoloLens blends virtual and half augmented reality to make one of the most ambitious launches ever planed. The device merges real-world elements with virtual 'holographic' images, meaning you can look at your Minecraft world on your kitchen table, or walk around the surface of Mars in your living room.

Using Kinect-style tech to recognise gestures and voice commands, the headset has a 120-degree field of vision on both axes, and is capable of 'high definition' visuals, but it's still a letterbox compared to the likes of Oculus and Vive. More importantly, however, there's no connection to a PC – a full Windows 10 system is built into the headset and runs off a battery.

Google glasses

Google glasses

Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display, that is designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed[9] with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displayed information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicated with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Google started selling a prototype of Google Glass to qualified "Glass Explorers" in the US on April 15, 2013, for a limited period for $1,500, before it became available to the public on May 15, 2014, for the same price. The headset has received massive criticism and legislative action due to privacy and safety concerns.

CastAR

CastAR

CastAR is comprised of two things, a pair of glasses and a surface for the glasses to scan. There’s a camera in the middle of the glasses that scans your surroundings. It then adjusts accordingly to project images through the two micro-projectors installed on top of the frames. No longer do you need to hold a screen and point it at an AR object. Just wear the glasses and the augmented world is right in front of you. This is a good attempt in bridging the physical and virtual world.
Part of what makes CastAR unique is the additional component called Magic Wand that helps you interact with the augmented world. The Magic Wand can also be used to move an augmented object in the augmented world thus allowing you to do something like play an augmented reality game.

Moverio BT-200

Moverio BT-200

The Moverio BT-200 is an augmented reality headset capable of watching HD contents (3D supported). It also enhances your augmented reality experience when using AR related apps. This headset comes with a front facing camera, a motion sensor, a built-in Dolby Digital Plus for sound, GPS, microphone, compass and projectors. It works by projecting images at a resolution of 960×540 to the transparent glasses, allowing you to watch videos, play games, navigate and plenty more without losing sight of the physical world.
Unlike most augmented reality glasses, instead of being wireless, it needs to be connected to an Android based device at all times. That’s where all the computing power comes from. This allows BT-200 to last for up to 6 hours with impressive specifications like a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, the drivers for Dolby Digital and an Android system running on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Meta

Meta

Meta focuses on what Google Glass does not. It overlays augmented reality on top of your reality. Your gestures are identified by Meta to allow you to freely manipulate 3D objects, where you can basically treat it like a clay. Meta also gives you unlimited screens by just grabbing a piece of paper and playing a video onto that paper; turning it into a flexible computer screen of sorts.

It aims to give users the capability of being able to do full-fledged 3D modelling on the go, using nothing other than Meta itself. Its specs include motion tracking, 3D HD display, 3D surround sound, camera and quality lenses.

Vuzix M-100

Vuzix M-100

This type of smart glasses will help in relaying information directly to you from a wearable monocular display, similar to that of Google Glass. Vuzix M-100 also comes with direct-onboard processing features plus a camera to help it capture and display augmented reality. However, its focus is for enterprise, commercial and medical applications.

Vuzix M-100 smart glasses is based on Android, therefore it is compatible with thousands of Android applications. It also includes the Nuance Communication speech-to-text software to help improve the M-100 voice dictation system

Laster SeeThru

Laster SeeThru

SeeThru claim to be the first genuine wireless augmented reality eyewear and instead of relying on a camera to gather information about your surroundings, it relies only on its own series of location plus a GPS to get things done. The Laster SeeThru is not equipped with a camera to avoid comments regarding invasion of privacy.

The SeeThru focuses almost entirely on sports and activities like biking, parachuting and yachting among other things. It helps navigate and gives live information whenever you’re doing such activities. SeeThru is packed with features like wireless and communication with smartphone, localization and navigation, head tracker, and contacts access from phone just to name a few.

Icis

Icis

These augmented reality glasses look like any normal glasses without any visibily big components such as a camera. But that doesn’t mean that Icis doesn’t come with a camera. In fact it does. It even comes embedded with other components such as speaker, microphone, battery, the circuit board and everything to make it look like normal eyewear.

Icis can easily be connected to smartphones running Android, iOS and Windows platform using a bluetooth connection. They’re planning on creating an app called socialFlo that allows you to select which apps you’d want to see present in Icis as widgets.

ORA-S

ORA-S

Optinvent ORA-S is a see through wearable display glasses that enables a variety of augmented applications. They even come with bigger and brighter resolution than that of a Google Glass. ORA-S features two mode when it comes to locating virtual images. The standard AR Mode lets you view images at 0 degree angle and the other is called Glance Mode that enables its user to view from a 20 degree angle.

This AR glasses comes with specifications such as sound (through audio jack), microphone, orientation sensor, camera, WI-Fi, 1.2GHz dual core ARM Cortex microprocessor, 1GB DDR memory with 4GB Flash memory and its running on Android 4.2.2. Since it can be connected to your smartphone or tablet, ORA-S is a good hands-free wearable computer alternative.

GlassUP

GlassUP

There’s a general idea that most wearable computers with display are basically the second output for your smartphone or tablet devices. GlassUp wants to be just that. Unlike other products in this market niche, GlassUp only projects in monochrome instead of full color to improve its battery life duration. It also projects display into your field of vision making it easier to read your noticiations.

Some of the features that come with GlassUP range from sending out emails to reading RSS feeds. GlassUp can also be used in aiding the hearing impaired and even receive translations display when talking in different languages. It’s more than just a second output for your smartphone.

Atheer One

Atheer One

Here’s another company that regards its augmented reality glasses as an accessory to your smartphone or tablet devices. The Atheer One smart glasses promotes natural interaction, where you can use hand gestures to control it. It consists of two displays for each eye almost equivalent to a 26-inch tablet being put in landscape right in front of your face.

Atheer One requires your Android device to function as it needs to leverage the 2D available in Google Playstore to be converted into a 3D environment. Because Atheer One displays 3D graphics right in front of your eyes, it’s better to interact with the graphics using your hands, as it feels more natural.