Bose Set To Deliver High Tech Glasses With Sound Built In
JB Hi Fi a key partner of US sound Company Bose could soon be selling Bose augmented reality glasses.
Where Google and Snap failed Bose believe that they can succeed via the incorporation of audio technology that delivers both information and sound.
The only problem is that users are still going to need a pair of headphones to listen to quality sound.
The Company claims that their latest offering adds an ‘audible layer of information and experiences’.
The wearer can control the glasses with gestures and voice, Bose said the devices can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth and are compatible with Apple’s Siri voice assistant or Google Assistant.
The glasses are also equipped with a tiny, ‘wafer thin’ speaker that can relay information directly into the wearer’s ear without anyone around them listening in.
This is achieved via brand new ultra-slim acoustic technology developed by Bose.
This technology can be built into headphones, eyewear and helmets without compromising the existing functionality of those products.
ChannelNews has been told that Bose is hoping to become a major OEM partner to Companies who want to build audio technology into devices.
‘Unlike other augmented reality products and platforms, Bose AR doesn’t change what you see, but knows what you’re looking at — without an integrated lens or phone camera,’ Bose said in a statement.
‘And rather than superimposing visual objects on the real world, Bose AR adds an audible layer of information and experiences, making every day better, easier, more meaningful and more productive’
‘It allows simple head gestures, voice or a tap on the wearable to control content — replacing the need to swipe, type or tap on a touchscreen for the same commands,’ the company added.
The glasses also have motion sensors and a GPS chipset built in that can identify which way you’re facing.
The sensors send the motion and location data to a Bose AR-enabled app that aggregates information, sending real-time content back to the user’s ears ‘instantly,’ Bose explained.
Bose envisions a variety of applications for the glasses, ranging from travel to education and music.
For example, if someone is wearing the glasses while sightseeing, the device can simulate historic events at landmarks as you view them.
While Google and Snap have failed in their development of glasses some Companies believe that they have an offering.
Secretive start up Magic Leap began working on a prototype several years ago, but finally debuted its ‘mixed reality’ smart glasses late last year.
Magic Leap said at CES 2018 its AR glasses will ship in 2018 after a multi-year wait.
Tech company Vuzix, based in Rochester, New York, is launching its Vuzix Blade glasses later this year for about $1,300.
They use a tiny projector to show a virtual image in the top right-hand corner of their lenses.
Wearers can connect to WiFi and read emails and other messages via the display, as well as use Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, to issue voice commands.
Amazon is also rumoured to be working on its own AR glasses to be released sometime in the future.
Additionally, Intel released its prototype smart glasses, the Vaunt, earlier this year.
The glasses use retinal projection to put a tiny display on the wearer’s eyeball.
‘Or letting you listen to a renowned speech ‘pinned’ precisely to the famous person in a monument’s statue,’ they added.
The glasses could also inform a user which way to turn towards their departure gate at an airport.
Most of Bose’s claims about what its AR platform is capable of are unproven, at least for now, as the products are all in a prototype phase.
John Gordon, vice president of consumer electronics at Bose, said the company wants to help consumers interact with their surroundings in new ways.