AR glasses

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

While not tech­ni­cally VR, Aug­mented Re­al­ity (AR) equip­ment lets you see the real world, but through it, you’ll see ex­tra vir­tual things be­ing in­cluded into your view. This en­hances your view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of the real world in­stead of tak­ing you out of it al­to­gether. While it’s un­like holo­grams in the truest sense of the word, it al­lows the wearer of these glasses to see holo­grams be­ing over­layed on real life.

Mi­crosoft’s HoloLens is one such thing. While most of us may not see it in use much, NASA has part­nered with Mi­crosoft to have it used by astro­nauts as a Side­kick, up at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. The goal of Side­kick is to pro­vide sta­tion crews with as­sis­tance when and where they need it, re­duc­ing train­ing re­quire­ments and in­crease the ef­fi­ciency at which astro­nauts can work in space.

Another ex­am­ple of AR glasses is the seem­ingly failed Google Glass. The idea was pretty much the same; that you can have a num­ber of vir­tual func­tions added to your field of view, let­ting you ac­cess menus on your phone and such. The idea didn’t take off at the scale Google wanted, which is prob­a­bly why they are go­ing for en­ter­prise level ap­pli­ca­tions with the Google Glass 2, per­haps hop­ing for HoloLens lev­els of use­ful­ness.

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