While you might have seen smart glasses in science fiction movies and on TV, they haven’t yet made their way into most of our day to day lives.
With new models from tech brands such as Vuzix, Epson and Solos, however, we’re now seeing smart glasses being released with more innovative tools than ever to make smart technology more accessible to everyone.
What are smart glasses?
Smart glasses are visual devices designed to combine the virtual world with the human vision to produce a kind of ever-present computer-generated overlapping image.
The technology used in smart glasses is still in its early stages and has not yet reached the mainstream, but there are a number of models currently on the market that have a variety of uses.
How do they work?
Smart glasses use either an augmented reality (AR) overlay, a transparent heads-up display (HUD) or an optical head-mounted display in order to project digital information onto the lens.
They utilise a variety of features, including internet connectivity, smart software, accelerometers and sensors, and often come equipped with voice controls or touch pads for smooth navigation, which can either come in the form of external remote controls or as built-in features.
Past failures, and looking ahead
Despite the failure of Google Glass, the technology is still being touted as the next big thing in the future of tech.
Designers and consumers are still hungry for a device that does almost everything a smartphone does but with the added bonus of all that information being right there in front of you.
But what are the actual benefits of smart glasses?
Helping you to find your way
There will be no need to keep taking a phone out of your pocket and looking down at the device as you walk, as with smart glasses everything will be in front of your eyes.
Imagine walking through an unfamiliar town and having interactive directions to guide you to your destination or being in the supermarket and having your shopping list right in front of your eyes.
Smart glasses have the potential to revolutionise the way we entertain ourselves. It is hoped that in the future, smart glasses will be able to offer virtual reality games and augmented reality experiences.
Not only that, but this technology could also change the way we watch movies, with the possibility of watching 3D and high definition films and TV programmes right before our eyes.
In a business scenario, smart glasses could be the ideal solution when it comes to training new employees. Instead of the trainee trailing an experienced member of staff around for a few days, all the information they need to complete a task could be right in front of them thanks to a pair of smart glasses.
One of the ways in which smart glasses can change the way we deal with our daily routine is the addition of facial recognition software.
Not only could they recognise your friends and family and provide you with birthday and other anniversary reminders, but they can also be used by law enforcement agencies to identify wanted criminals.
Quite simply, the purpose of smart glasses is to enhance your visual experience by enabling you to incorporate digital applications into your vision in an easy and convenient way.
Most smart glasses also function as normal glasses too, to correct or enhance your vision.
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