Whether it’s in AI, IoT, or automation, there are plenty of unrealized ideas for invention makers. Among this list is the often overlooked but never forgotten technology called augmented reality – currently the less popular sibling to virtual reality. Virtual reality has been a huge hit as a form of entertainment and a training tool. AR product design companies, on the other hand, have not received the same kind of fanfare.
And that’s largely due to the marketing, rather, the lack of it. In truth, we already use augmented reality on a day-to-day basis. We just don’t call it augmented reality or AR, or even mixed reality. We know them commonly as filters or effects. Many of us use them heavily in social media to augment, distort or enhance appearances in an entertaining way. Turn on Snapchat or Instagram and many of the tools available to transform our pictures and video uses some form of AR tech.
But what about beyond social media? We hear you, Google Glass came as quickly as it went. But part of the reason why it fell off so quickly is that there wasn’t a clear pain point the product was solving. The good news is there is still plenty of other promising technology in development. Here are some examples from AR product design companies to help spark your interest.
These smart glasses aim to increase productivity in the workplace. These glasses physically connect to your PC to expand the capabilities of your workstation. When you put on these smart glasses, you enter a customized office with virtual monitors. These monitors are quite deceptive in that look just as clear as real monitors. So even if you’re at home or at the park, you can fix, expand or pull up to five virtual monitors to manage multiple applications and software simultaneously.
Not a big deal, this AR product takes us one step closer to becoming part-machine. Mojo Vision and Menicon, Japan’s first and largest contact lens manufacturer, are partnering to create the world’s first AR contact lens. Whether it’s the weather, emails, or music, the Mojo Lens aims to seamlessly display information and images right in front of you. No need for any extra accessories or equipment like glasses or headsets. To achieve this, Mojo uses custom-built microelectronics and the world’s densest microdisplay to see more information, more clearly without any obstructions. To put it into perspective, it’s a display as big as a grain of sand that projects 70,000 pixels directly into a specific part of your retina in the back of your eye.
Short for heads-up display. The AR product design companies Panasonic is creating an AR HUD in vehicles to help reduce the time drivers need to look away from the road while driving. Unlike traditional HUDs, AR HUDs will open up the windshield. This increases the field of view and displays intuitive graphical cues as it interacts with the world around you. They use AI to identify lane edges, height clearance, pedestrians, objects, vehicles, and other important information that will help contribute to a safer overall driving experience. Expect to see this technology integrated into your cars in 2024.
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