The star among glasses is here now! Dubbed as 'see through augmented reality' or STAR glasses, the wearable display that has been created via the collaboration between NEC Biglobe and Vuzix has taken profiling and smartness to new levels. The release seems to be targeted against the HUD Smart Glasses that Google plans to release very soon. The claim that has really got everyone interested is that fact that the augmented reality glasses can identify people and also match them, based on their Facebook and Twitter profiles!
On the face of it, the glasses look as if made of plastic with a black unit sitting atop it. But once you wear them, a virtual, 3D widescreen presents itself. And yet, since the glasses are transparent, you can still look around as you walk or move about. The individual displays in front of each eye, meanwhile, show the images and information. The glasses are connected via the USB cable which can be attached to a wide range of players and iPods that can also hold augmented reality apps. The frame contains individual earphones to provide an excellent audio experience.
This Star has been made to fit everyone. The frame is adjustable and the individual glasses can be moved up and down or to the sides depending on the individual preferences. The integrated camera and headset make use of a wireless connection with the NEC Biglobe's servers. This connection and integration makes use of the cloud computing concept and this is a real big advance in the field. The uses and applications go far beyond simple tweeting and Facebook profile visits. A brief look at the probable applications will help in better understanding.
For instance, a user out in the woods, fishing, can utilize the glasses to pull out right fishing techniques and the information about the variety and types of fish available right in the water itself. The GPS integration lends itself to some other amazing potentials. For instance, a skier can make use of this to flag and tag friends geo-spatially simply by locating and looking at icons from within the glasses. Thus, when it comes to sports and hobbies, the glasses is definitely going to be one big hit.
Since it has not yet hit the stands commercially, the technical specifications and details are not many. The size of the displays is 852 x 480 and it mimics a display of 60 inches viewed from a distance of 10 feet. The aspect ratio has been fixed to 16:9. The camera located in front is of the 1080p HD variety and comes with a feature for a 6-axis motion tracking. The cloud-computing based process helps in user-recognition and identification.
All these features make the glasses big and clunky. They also make the price clunky too. It is estimated that the glasses may cost up to $6000 when these finally hit the market! That is really a top price for a touted top product.