Holo Everywhere – Atheer developing new AR headset

HoloLens is all over the news. But let’s take a look at another interesting AR solution – Atheer’s AiR Smart Glasses 

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Atheer’s AiR Smart Glasses

The Mountain View-based start-up Atheer regards itself as pioneer in Augmented interactive Reality (AiR™) and proceeds to combine the power of 3D augmented reality with natural interaction. According to Atheer, their AiR platform consists of the AiR Smart Glasses and the AiR OS.

Their new developer kit Air DK2 is available and can be ordered if you want to join the AiR Pilot Program.

 

 

When talking about core competences and how they differ from HoloLens, we have to consider the following aspects:

atheer31. Intuitive Precise Gestures

Build your apps & workflows with enhanced, field-tested gestures to Touch, Tap, Swipe, and Pinch and Zoom for a natural and productive experience.

via Atheer Labs.


2. Head Position Tracking

Access applications and visual content placed anywhere around you with complete ease for natural multitasking and an immersive visual experience.

via Atheer Labs.


3. 2D-3D Application Support

Combine the ease and familiarity of 2D Android app development with the power to display full stereoscopic 3D objects and models, giving your users the best of both worlds.

via Atheer Labs.


atheer34. AiR SDK

Create new experiences leveraging the full-featured AiR OS functionality and expand your existing apps through our simple yet powerful SDK.

via Atheer Labs.


 

Looks very promising so far. Besides this, Gigaom’s Signe Brewster shared an interesting article about Atheer and the  AiR Smart Glasses here. He describes his experiences as follows:

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                       Atheer CEO Alberto Torres                      Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom

“I pinched my fingers to zoom in and out on a 3D model of a heart and swiped through Google Maps. […] A new feature allows you to hold your hands up to make a square, and the headset will automatically take a picture. Many are abilities desperately needed in industries where your hands are too dirty to touch a tablet screen or it is monotonous to log item after item after item.”

via As HoloLens looms, Atheer plans new augmented reality headset — Tech News and Analysis.

All in all the progress in AR  development makes us even more curious. Actually, we have to admit that the use of AR goggles doesn’t seem to be too far from reality.

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The Mystery about “Magic Leap”

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Magic Leap’s introduction image

When talking about HoloLens and the AR market in general, it’s Magic Leap that crosses our mind almost automatically.

Magic Leap is the name of a Florida-based start-up that claims to develop a new AR technology in secrecy. Especially the enormous financing in October 2014 caught a lot of public attention.  According to PR Newswire, Magic Leap raised 542 million in Series B funding.

The investment was mainly led by Google, but also accompanied by Qualcomm Incorporated among others. This is how Magic Leap describes itself:

“Magic Leap is an idea.

An idea that computing should be shaped and forged to work for us: our life, our physiology, our connected relationships. That exploring human creativity is as great an adventure as exploring space.

It’s an idea based in the belief that people should not have to choose between technology or safety, technology or privacy, the virtual world or the real world.”

via Magic Leap.

What this specifically means becomes clearer in the following video. Rony Abovitz, founder and CEO of Magic Leap, explains and demonstrates what Magic Leap is all about:

However, Magic Leap still is myth-enshrouded. To get an enhanced insight in Magic Leap’s activity and technology, visit the following links: