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Augmented Reality: iOptik or Google Glass?
Augmented Reality: iOptik or Google Glass?
While Google is working to release a polished Glass market, startup Innovega goes on and flick of the wrist makes the helmet-mounted display in the contact lenses that interact with Full HD glasses.
Anyone who has ever thought about the sci-fi future in which interfaces will neon swim in front of us, and the information is not on the screen, and right in front of us is likely to look oversees the growing market of wearable technology. With its system startup iOptik Innovega already included in this futuristic within. Special contact lenses will read the light from the projector installed in the glasses. Very soon, the creation of a young company can become a product that will compete on equal terms with Google.
Optical displays in the helmet, or devices that complement our vision of using the full points or fixed optics floating screens on peripheral vision, are at the peak of development of wearable technologies. One of the biggest obstacles today is that if the technology can be arbitrarily powerful form-factor remains the same: stupid computer glasses, hybrid sitting on our face. Neither loud product on the market has not yet found an alternative.
Points Google Glass has yet to come out of its beta, the so-called «Explorer Program». But even before that Google will have to get around public opposition caused “ugly”, according to critics, the glasses that have to be worn in public places.
Innovega, demonstrated the unique device augmented reality iOptik on the head of the dummy at CES last year, and repeat this success at CES-2014, I’m sure that comes close to what we really want. The company, headed by CEO Stephen Willey again demonstrated its technological developments in the main event of the year, but this time with a fully working device. A pair of thin glasses that can overlay digital data and translucent augmented reality to the accompanying glasses lens was each of the team Innovega at CES.
But why everyone should shove something under his eyelids to use the system iOptik? Because through the use of specialized lenses, users can simultaneously focus on distant and near objects – and this is a problem that normal accommodation of our eyes can not get around. In combination with the glasses and lenses Innovega will have two layers, while remaining portable devices – one. For example, Google Glass.
First, this technology allows to display data that can be seen straight ahead, while the Google Glass shifts data to the periphery (and not just). Using contact lenses in the glasses, the system can create a full-screen interface, in other words, to work in the mode display worn on the head, something like running gaming headset Oculus Rift .
The purpose of this was to provide a generic interface powerful mechanism for everyday use, from driving to exercise and, if necessary – for games, movies and work with applications. “Whatever you started on your phone, it will be available for points,” – said in an interview with Willie CNET. – “In the resolution Full HD. Whether it’s a window or full immersion. ”
As for the physical technologies, participating in the prototype points, which currently weighs no more than a standard pair of Oakleys, they are equipped with Microprojector and nothing else. Willie indicates that the obvious additions, depending on who will partner Innovega, include audio, touch, camera, accelerometer, and more than equipped with Google Glass. This will inevitably make the device harder.
Contact lenses, on the other hand, have a complex nature. They can be worn without glasses, emphasizes Willie, and work only with software iOptik, while glasses are inactive. For prototyping Innovega customize the standard process of creating a contact lens for yourself, adding a special design and unique filter.
“All the usual optics eye goes away when there is a sub-millimeter lens right in the eyes,” – says Willie. – “What is most interesting lenses themselves have a form that you need specifically, and the center of the lens is the point that allows you to see the good half an inch from your eyes.”
The second component – an optical filter, which directs the light. “The light coming from the outside, you are accustomed. Light that is emitted by a source close to the eyes, into the center of the lens in the optical filter “- explains Willie.
Besides all this, contact lenses can serve the usual goals of vision correction, like ordinary lenses. This means that those who are already using them (growing share of the world population, which corrects vision, about 100 million people) can go to the lens Innovega. The company will be in partnership with one of the largest manufacturers of contact lenses, with which – as yet unknown.
Because the development is what you physically insert into your body, and supervision involved, but not at the level of approval. Willie emphasizes that the market offers this niche, long traveled and installed as approved by the lens many times and in different designs.
Innovega plans to produce lenses in late 2014 – early 2015.
Now the prototype is synchronized with the Android-smartphone, and ultimately, according to Willie, allow third-party developers to create specific models for different devices that adapt iOptik system in the future.
Since Innovega does not intend to build its own ecosystem of applications, it will license system iOptik partners who ultimately decide what functionality and what hardware addition required final model.
The company still funded NSF, DARPA, and an unnamed Asian company, which helps the development of technology in the hope that the launch of the Eastern market have a significant impact for the development of wearable technologies in countries such as China and South Korea.
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Tags: CES , Google Glass , Oculus Rift , Augmented Reality , Contact Lenses .
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