Augmented Reality

At the bottom of these 5 introductory paragraphs you will find: Curated reviews for each product. Ratings averaged out over multiple networks. 3 Pros, 3 Cons listed in point-form. Prices rounded up or down (shaved off 9’s), as displayed on Amazon.

Augmented reality is the next generation of computer hardware that is characterized by a more immersive, mobile user interface. By dawning a headset or pair of glasses you can work with software applications in a 360 degree environment, get up, move around and still perceive the environment around you. Some AR systems are completely dedicated to computer use such as Microsoft Hololens, while others, like the sporty Recon Jet are more specialized

What distinguishes AR from virtual reality is the ability to see place/move and adjust holograms over top of the real world. Some of these new AR technologies such as the Microsoft Hololens allow 3 dimensional holograms, while others like the Google glass stick with the 2 dimensional approach.

AR is currently revolutionizing many different fields at once including but not restricted to: education, architecture, manufacturing, construction, surgery and pretty much any sector that benefits from having more easy access to spatial information.

The quality of whats currently available can vary depending on what you want to use it for and how much you’re willing to spend. There’s the Microsoft Hololens that is more akin to a head-mounted computer and other headsets that are more suited for drones or fitness/sports. The following is an unsolicited list of what is currently available.

Augmented Reality

Global augmented reality market to grow at a CAGR of 65.24% during the period 2017-2021.

Epson Moverio BT-300 FPV For Drones 450-600$

Average rating: 2.9/5

AR/Developer Edition: 570-700$

Average rating across websites: 3.2/5

  • Good image quality in bright sunlight, switchable shades.
  • Important telemetry data displayed alongside drone footage
  • Prescription version available through Rochester
  • Only compatible with Android OS
  • At times difficult to see drone in sky through projected video
  • Not a lot of apps available yet

 

 

Google Glass Explorer Edition: 800-1350$

Average Rating Across Websites: 2.4/5

  • Displays info at top right of field of vision, everything else is un-obscured
  • Allows user to multitask. answer texts, calls, take photo/video GPS, directions etc.
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Only displays notifications from Android phone
  • Unavailable overseas
  • Doesn’t fit over-top of prescription glasses


 

Recon Jet Sports/Fitness Glasses 450$

Average rating across websites: 3.2

  • Tracks all relevant fitness data heart rate speed, GPS, elevation.
  • Records video
  • Shows texts/who’s calling you
  • Buggy initial update process
  • Heavy frame
  • Small battery life 2.5-3 hours

 

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses 750-1600$

Average rating across websites: 2.8/5

  • A lot in common with google glass
  • Scans barcodes, take pictures, records video etc
  • More popular in shipping/industry
  • Glitchy/outdated apps
  • No customer service
  • A “poorer quality alternative to google glass”