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AR Glasses

AR GlassesWe know for sure that Apple has filed the first patent for glasses that use augmented reality technology. Digitimes’ latest report has revealed the details of Apple’s augmented reality glasses, which combine its own technology with that of Google Glass and other companies such as Google Glass. Apparently, Apple Glass looks like real glasses and has a purported price of $499, but it’s much cheaper than the price tag for Google glasses worth $1,000. [Sources: 1, 9, 11, 15]

This could be a stepping stone for Apple to develop 3D augmented reality technology for smaller eyewear designs. This is the first edition of our AR goggles roundup, which will soon include AR / MR wearables. With that in mind, take a look at what you can buy to take a look at the future of wearable devices. [Sources: 7, 10, 11]

If you know of MR Smart glasses that we have not presented here, please let us know and we will add them to the group. When we talk about AR glasses, we remember that there is one with a different name, Blade, and that is one with a screen that hovers in the upper right corner of your vision. The Smart Glass is wirelessly connected to a nearby phone and projects an image of a mobile screen through the lenses. [Sources: 8, 11, 12, 15]

So far, none of the commercially available glasses are a breakthrough, but it is possible that Apple could change that and make smart glasses a new product category. Apple’s ARKit developer kit already supports numerous AR applications, including Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iPad Mini, which will also be available for AR smart glass. These micro-apps are also designed for AR and could trigger interactions with your phone, tablet or any other mobile device such as the iPhone or iPad. [Sources: 0, 2, 7]

The most important competitors in the field of smart glasses are currently glasses that are mainly suitable for use in companies, such as Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens. According to Bloomberg, these glasses are part of Apple’s work on its next generation of smart glass. There is currently no official word on the availability of AR glasses from Apple or other companies. [Sources: 2, 4, 16]

Based on patent images, the AR glasses will look like normal glasses, meaning there will be a lot of complex, miniaturized technology to release them right before release. Prosser said the glasses “will look like the glasses Tim Cook wears” during his visit to the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. The next step will be for Facebook to work with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica to build a new generation of smart glasses for consumers, branded as Ray-Ban, that will be launched in 2021. [Sources: 4, 14, 16]

Slimmer AR displays sit next to your normal field of vision but are likely to be less immersive and less functional. Like using Google Glass, they feel more natural, but sit in front of the eyes and are less interactive. He said the glasses will be similar to normal glasses, with lenses that have a small display that can be interacted with through gestures. [Sources: 9, 16]

More recently, Vuzix, which plans to launch smartphone glasses in 2021, has shown how much the technology has shrunk. Even the planned glasses will not be able to spatially scan the world, but they will be much more immersive than Google Glass, or even Google’s own Glass. We haven’t said a word yet about what Facebook’s ultimate AR glasses will be called, what the Ray Ban-designed smart glasses will look like (the Aria prototype), how much they will cost, or whether they won’t cost much. [Sources: 6, 7]

We’ll see, of course, but Prosser seems to believe that we could find out more about Apple’s AR glasses plans later this year or early 2021. Assuming Apple is working on an AR headset or AR glass, there is no indication that the device will likely launch. But it looks like we may hear something along those lines in the latest leak claiming that the company’s long-awaited AR glasses will support prescription lenses. [Sources: 3, 5]

According to Jon Prosser, a reliable leaker, Apple glasses will be able to display information through lenses, with users controlling the lenses with gestures from the front of the frame. These kinds of smart glasses will help to transmit information, and Facebook believes wearers of AR glasses can communicate with their personal technology as user interfaces and personal technology move around the world. The Apple glasses will be called ‘Apple Glass’ and will be able to display information about lenses while the user controls them with a gesture behind the front frame or through the lens itself, according to the source. [Sources: 4, 10, 13]

The MacRumours team has inspected the latest beta of iOS 13 and discovered an app that suggests Apple’s AR glasses are in development and could be released sooner rather than later. Facebook says the smart glasses for consumers will be part of its broader work on AR, which now includes what it calls “Project Aria,” which is itself solid and will be fascinating in the years to come. Before we try to visualize all this, we take a look at Why Apple AR Glass looks good in the near future. [Sources: 3, 4, 6, 17]