Samsung has been playing with AR glasses for many years, and the most recent time was to show a set of very basic image projection goggles on the stage of CES 2020, but I have never seen the company hint that it might want to build a truly ambitious Augmented reality wearable computing devices-until today.
WalkingCat, a fairly reliable source of gadget leaks, has released two new concept videos showing some interesting things that a pair of “Samsung Glasses Lite” can do, such as projecting a huge virtual screen in which you can Playing games will allow you to return to the private cinema, provide you with a huge virtual computer monitor, activate the auto-dimming “sunglass mode”
The second video shows a very similar “Samsung AR glasses” concept, although this time it is for the user to “see” 3D digital objects appearing in the real world. If you have ever seen anything, you should be familiar with this vision immediately Effect Microsoft’s HoloLens marketing.
However, if you have never tried Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap, you should know that reality and the visualizations you see here are still a long way away. Today’s waveguide, laser, projector and micromirror combinations usually provide you with a small field of view through such transparent AR glasses. If you are standing next to a virtual computer monitor, you can only see part of it at a time, and the rest will be out of your field of vision.
For me, the most interesting part of these videos is how Samsung imagines you will use the smartwatch to navigate the interface. In the short term, this may be more realistic than trying to tap something that doesn’t exist or making air gestures with your hands, and smart watch control is an example that other companies working with AR headsets are undoubtedly considering. Apple is of course developing smart watches and AR headsets, and it is reported that the Facebook hardware department that makes AR glasses is also developing smart watches.
Speaking of Samsung and smartwatches, two well-known leakers now say that Samsung may re-use Android to produce its next smartwatch instead of using its own Tizen platform, which has been used for many years.