The idea of having a 3D display in front of your eyes all day for various activities is not particularly new, but someone has finally decided to put it into practice.
Atheer One is a concept of smart glasses that could be used for anything from checking the calorie content of food and seeing products in 3D glory to having conferences in midair and watching movies with the family.
Besides Atheer One, which you can see in these images and in the following video, there will also be an Atheer Developer Kit. This platform will enable developers to create and test immersive applications. Both these pairs of smart glasses can handle any and all of the apps available on Google Play Store (800K+ of them) upon connecting them to an Android smartphone, but the creators of Atheer One actually want developers to create native 3D applications. Zooming will no longer be necessary while wearing these glasses, as Atheer One’s virtual display is the equivalent of a 26″ 3D high definition monitor.
The developers of the Atheer One smart glasses are looking to raise funds for their project on Indiegogo. With $43,135 out of the $100,000 goal and 43 more days to go, these 3D smart glasses have a real chance at getting funded and entering mass production. Mind you, to secure a pair of Atheer One smart glasses, you need to pay at least $500. The developer kit is available for $850. Considering that Google Glass will cost around $300 when launched for the masses, I’d think twice before investing in these. Unless augmented reality is your thing, that is.
While I do like the idea very much, I think that the design is a major downside of these smart glasses. As they are made to look like sunglasses, we all know how people wearing such accessories indoors look like. Besides, living in a world where everyone wears these is a tad bit creepy. On the other hand, we know that Google Glass will also be available with prescription lenses, which doesn’t seem to be the case with Atheer One. Instead of forcing anyone willing to try this technology into wearing contact lenses, why not make contact lenses with similar capabilities? Now that’s a challenge I’d like to see tech companies pick!