Augmented reality is the enhancement/supplementation of reality with the aid of a computational
device. Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality does not fully immerse the user into a virtual environment. Augmented reality augments the view of the real world with a virtual world. The virtual world can be a 2d computer display of information and/or a 3d holographic model. The augmented world can be tracked using object recognition by augmented reality systems to allow for interactions.
There are numerous companies that make hardware systems for augmented reality. The following is a breakdown of some of the systems available in the market.
Specs: Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_HoloLens
|Also known as||Project Baraboo (in-development)|
|Product family||Windows 10|
|Type||Mixed reality augmented reality head-mounted displaysmartglasses|
|Release date||· March 30, 2016 (Development Edition)
· TBA (Consumer version)
$5,000 (Commercial Suite)
|Operating system||Windows Mixed Reality|
|CPU||Intel 32-bit (1GHz)|
|Memory||· 2 GB RAM
· 1 GB HPU RAM
|Storage||64 GB (flash memory)|
|Display||2.3 megapixel widescreenstereoscopic head-mounted display|
|Sound||Spatial sound technology|
|Input||· Inertial measurement unit(Accelerometer, gyroscope, andmagnetometer)
· 4 sensors
· 1 120°×120° depth camera
|Controller input||Gestural commands via sensors and HPU|
|Connectivity||· IEEE 802.11ac
|Weight||579 g (1.28 lb)|
(image of Meta II AR device)
Specs: Retrieved from https://www.metavision.com/
Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset are a see-through headset that displays holograms and digital content, along with a software development kit built on top of the most popular 3D engine in the world: Unity.
- 90-degree field of view.
- 2560 x 1440 display resolution.
- Designed for comfort with everything below the eyebrows completely transparent and unobstructed so you can easily make eye contact with others.
- Meta 2 works while wearing eyeglasses and can be comfortably worn for hours under most circumstances.
- 720p front-facing camera.
- Sensor array for hand interactions and positional tracking.
- 4 speaker near-ear audio.
- Volume control.
- 9 foot cable for video, data, and power (HDMI Version 1.4b).
- Support for Windows applications.
- Mac support planned for this year.
- Meta operating environment.
time now. It is an untethered integrated platform AR system.
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There are no images of the system yet. There are videos of the demo of the system online and it suggests that the virtual 3d objects can be occluded by real objects.
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able to view content on a floating 80inch perceived screen. The glasses have built in camera and
motion tracker, which is ideal for handsfree applications. The built in camera is a low-resolution camera, thus its application is limited. The later version has increased the resolutions. The glasses also come with a controller, which you can use to move a cursor or do some basic multitouch gestures. Espon also released a professional version called Epson Moverio Pro BT-2000 in 2015. Featuring a high-resolution five megapixel stereo camera with three-dimensional depth sensing that detects the dimensions and spatial positioning of objects in relation to each other, the Moverio Pro BT-2000 provides a platform for displaying augmented reality content over the real world and 3D images. The product brings a new dimension to commercial environments by allowing workers in various locations to see exactly what their counterparts are seeing, get visual aid and to provide well-informed support and training. The new product also provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity with external interface devices such as keyboards, mouse and headsets, voice interpretation and recognition for easier hand-free operation, and two exchangeable batteries that allow work to continue with minimal interruption and downtime. The latest version in the line of Epson Moverio AR displays is the Epson Moverio BT300. 16 17
(image of Epson released Moverio BT200)
Epson also has Moverio Bt-300FPV Smart glasses (fpv/drone edition)
(image of Cast AR device)
Specs Retrieved from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-system
- Less than 100 grams in weight
- Fits over most prescription glasses
- Ultra flexible micro coax cable
- Active shutters with 50% duty cycle
- 1280 x 720 resolution per eye
- 120hz refresh rate per eye
- 24 bits of color per pixel
- 65 degree horizontal field of view
- 93% fill factor
- 110 degree FOV
- 120hz update rate
- 3ms response time
- 6 degrees of freedom
- Absolute positioning
- Over 200 unique tracking points
- 07mm accuracy at 1.5m
AR & VR Clip-On
- 90 degree horizontal FOV
- Very low distortion freeform optics
- 5mm by 8mm eye box
- Removable flip up shutter for AR mode