2014 looks to be the year for eye wear tech development and availability. New developments introduce this technology to the consumer market, possibly threatening to turn computer monitors and smart phones into relics.
Wearable displays offer immersion into games and work without ergonomic challenges and excessive glare often characteristic of monitors. Some models perform smart phone functions like performing web searches, and taking photos with verbal commands. Watching movies through eye wear tech transforms a passive activity into a virtual reality experience.
This section of the article highlights three tech eye wear models which will be available for purchase later this year.
Responsive to verbal commands, you can read a recipe as your hands are covered in flour or ask it to take a picture or record a video as you enjoy a concert, ride a bike or even skydive as Google presented back in 2012.
The Glass is available upon enrolment in Google’s The Explorer Program. With beta models soon available, you can help shape the design and future of this development.
With a high-resolution display, Wi-Fi portability, and an Android platform, the Epson Moverio is a lower cost option for wearable technology. Connected to a portable controller, the Moverio searches the web and plays movies on its high-quality display.
The Moverio display includes 3D capabilities allowing for a very intense movie-watching experience. It offers the equivalent of an 80 inch display that is 16 feet away. A full selection of movies and videos are available through Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo apps.
The Moverio BT-200 is currently available for £450.
Deliveries start in July 2014 for the Meta Pro as it offers the “first holographic experience.” Not much unlike the computer displays used by Tony Start in the Iron Man and Avengers movies, you do not just perform your work but interact with it.
Unlike Google Glass, the Meta Pro has a two-eye display. With 3D display, digital surround sound, and 9-axis motion tracking, there is no doubt for the potential of a full immersion experience. There is also a camera for video and still photos.
The Meta Pro is compatible to work with the apps of most smart phones and laptops as well as its own apps. It is available for pre-order at the price of £2,300.
There are many exciting products on the market this year for wearable displays. With a variety of prices and beta testing opportunities, more consumers can take advantage of this new technology. As our everyday tech functions become wearable tools, the personal computer takes another step to becoming more personal.