In years past, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) mostly dabbled in the future as far as the long-term vision for augmented reality was concerned. This year, however, objects in the future are much closer than they appear.
While the outlook for truly mainstream AR smartglasses is at least a year away or as many as several years in the future (depending on who you ask), Samsung showed off a prototype pair of AR smartglasses this week.
Also, smartglasses makers Vuzix, 0glasses, and Pacific Future not only unveiled AR wearables at CES 2020, they also promised to deliver real products to customers this year.
Finally, Mastercard previewed a new mobile AR app that will be ready in time for summer vacation for iPhone owners.
The world of CES, the annual technology conference in Las Vegas, usually brings a few surprises, but few expected Samsung to fire off its first real augmented reality salvo at the event.
But that's exactly what the South Korean company did late Monday when it unveiled a prototype pair of AR smartglasses on stage while demonstrating some of its other innovative ideas.
Read further for more details on Samsung's AR wearable and live demonstration...
REALITY BITES: While the gaming industry is hot on the heels of VR and cloud gaming, Nintendo has its sights set on augmented reality. In an interview with the Nikkei by way of Nintendo Everything, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa noted that AR is among the technologies that the company is interested in and researching possible ways to integrate it into its products.
While consumer-grade smartglasses are the holy grail for tech companies, smartglasses maker Vuzix knows where its bread is buttered, and that's in the enterprise segment. As such, the company used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 as its stage for unveiling the M4000, the latest product in its M-series line of enterprise smartglasses.
In addition to its well-tread enterprise segment, Vuzix is also entering the niche market of AR wearables for swimmers with its Smart Swim wearable, the first product from Vuzix Labs, the company's rapid development and engineering wing.
Continue reading to learn more about Vuzix's new products and when customers can expect to be able to get their hands on them...
REALITY BITES: Less than a month after launching Cameos on Snapchat, Snap, Inc. has acquired AI Factory, the computer vision company behind its new deep fake feature, for a cool $166 million.
Brace yourselves: Nreal Light clones are coming. Since the China-based startup wowed the crowd at CES 2019 with its consumer-centric smartglasses, a number of followers from Asia have emerged, and all with very similar aesthetics to Nreal Light.
The latest example comes from Shenzen-based company 0glasses in the form of RealX, which made its public debut on Tuesday at CES 2020.
Read on for more details on RealX, when and where consumers can expect to buy them, and where it stands among China's growing field of consumer-grade smartglasses...
REALITY BITES: Also at CES 2020, ThirdEye Gen announced a new partnership with ManoMotion to bring hand gesture input to its X2 smartglasses. On the display front, DigiLens, the waveguide maker backed by Niantic and Samsung, brought its latest display, the Crystal 50, to CES 2020 along with its Iris reference design for AR wearables, while Plessy introduced its newest panel, the AR-Vµ. Finally, NextMind launched an SDK integrating brain-control interfaces into VR/AR headsets.
We've been predicting the rush of augmented reality wearable makers from China for a couple of years, and now it looks like it's in full swing, with one of the most promising entrants coming from startup Pacific Future.
The company was on the CES show floor this week showing off its new Am Glass wearable.
Keep reading to learn more about Am Glasses and how it compares to the Nreal Light and other smartglasses from China-based startups...
REALITY BITES: While smartglasses makers and parts displayers had their wares on display in Las Vegas, another display maker entered the fray. Micledi announced on Thursday that it had spun off from its parent company Imec with a $4.5 million euro (roughly $5 million) seed funding round.
It's a good sign for any emerging technology when one of the leaders of an industry adopts it. So when Mastercard decides to develop a mobile augmented reality app, the moment is a milestone for the AR industry.
On Wednesday at CES, the company announced that it will launch a new AR app that will enable cardholders to explore rewards, benefits, and services available through virtual portals.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mastercard AR app and how it solves a particular problem for the company and its customers with AR...
Every Friday, Next Reality reviews the latest headlines from the financial side of augmented and mixed reality. This weekly Market Reality column covers funding announcements, mergers and acquisitions, market analysis, and the like. Check out previous editions of Market Reality for more news you may have missed.
Have an iPhone? See everything that's new with Apple's latest iOS update: