Apple, Facebook and Microsoft (Google’s plan is not yet clear) are all developing augmented reality wearables. Samsung’s work on AR may have leaked today, but there are many unknowns about “Glasses Lite”.
At the weekend, WalkingCat was a Twitter account with a known history of leaking Microsoft and Samsung products, and the account posted two videos over the weekend. Given the track record of the source-most of them are the recently released Galaxy Tab S7 Lite and Galaxy Chromebook 2, this is most likely a genuine Samsung video. However, the important caveat is that this may be an internal concept and not an actual product that will be launched soon. WalkingCat is not sure if it has tweeted “R&D Vision Concept?”
The first video starts with a title card titled “Samsung Glasses Lite”, which is very similar to the company’s product video. We can see glasses that are thicker than ordinary frames very well, but we will be familiar soon. The last shot in this sequence is a shot with a transparent screen clearly embedded in it.
Then, we will simulate the product that is actually being worn and used, and simulate the content viewed by the user through Glasses Lite. The first use case is to play a car game on a Samsung phone docked to a controller accessory.
It also shows an example of “integrated control” in which the Galaxy Watch is used to switch from gaming mode to watching “video”. It starts seamlessly with Glasses Lite, which Samsung calls “portable media.” Next, the person switches to “Dex Display” and uses the physical keyboard to reply to the email, and the floating desktop appears in front of them. The “video call” scene is also shown.
Then, the person walked outside and activated the “sunglass mode” to hide the AR display and color the shadows. In the open state, this model will control the HUD as part of the “new size display” function of the HUD flight.
It is not clear what display technology Samsung is using, but there are some realistic details, such as the AR screen is almost square and the top edge of the lens is blacked out to hide technical components, which increases this possibility. A more developed product, not just a concept.
The second video is Samsung’s vision of “Next Generation Wearable Computing”. Its conceptual nature is very obvious, including:
- AR Office: Equipped with a projection keyboard, only the user can see and can use it to type. Unlike the first video, they can be zoomed in and have an unlimited field of view.
- Holographic call: with virtual visitors
- AR simulation: room-scale immersion
The video ends with “Samsung AR glasses”.
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