Samsung has been toying with AR glasses for several years, most recently trotting out an incredibly standard set of image-projecting goggles on the CES 2020 phase, but Ive never seen the company recommend it might like to build an actually enthusiastic augmented truth wearable computing device– till maybe today.
WalkingCat, a relatively reliable source of gadget leakages, has published 2 new principle videos that show off a few of the fun things a set of “Samsung Glasses Lite” could do, like predicting a huge virtual screen where you can play your video games, letting you sit back in your private cinema, offer you a giant virtual computer display, fire up an auto-dimming “sunglasses mode,” or function as an immediate first-person-view screen for your DJI drone, complete with telemetry.
If youve never ever tried a Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap, however, you need to know that reality is a long ways far from the visualizations you see here. Todays waveguides, lasers, projectors and micromirror combinations generally give you a quite small field of vision with see-through AR glasses like these. If youre standing right next to a virtual computer display, you d only be able to see part of it at a time– the rest would be out of your field of view.
To me, the most fascinating part of these videos is how Samsung envisions youll be using a smartwatch to navigate the interfaces. Short-term, that might be more practical than attempting to tap on things that dont really exist or make midair gestures with your hands, and smartwatch control is a paradigm that other companies dealing with AR headsets are no doubt considering. Apple has both an ar and a smartwatch headset in development, of course, and the Facebook hardware department thats building AR glasses is reportedly now dealing with a smartwatch, too.
Mentioning Samsung and smartwatches, 2 recognized leakers are now saying Samsung may return to Android for its next smartwatch, rather of its own Tizen platform its used for watches for years now.
The second video displays the really comparable “Samsung AR Glasses” idea, though this time its letting the user “see” 3D digital things appear in the real life, a visual that ought to be immediately familiar to you if youve ever seen any of Microsofts HoloLens marketing.