Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Bose AR Glasses Announced - Augmented Reality Audio in Sunglasses

Bose AR Glasses Announced - Augmented Reality Audio in Sunglasses

Secondly, augmented reality (AR) as a technology is largely relegated to stickers and visual details.

Unlike other augmented reality products and platforms, Bose AR doesn't change what you see, but knows what you're looking at- without an integrated lens or phone camera, the company said.

Developers interested in the Bose AR platform can sign-up for more information and the Bose AR SDK over on Bose's developer site. Also "The Bose AR platform is open to approved developers and manufacturers", making the glasses and software development kit available to them this summer. It has several developer and manufacturing partners lined up to create Bose AR-based gadgets, including Strava, TripAdvisor and Yelp, as well as academic partnerships with the MIT Media Lab and the NYU Future Reality Lab.

As to whether you can buy a pair of Bose AR glasses yourself, the chances are slim.

In an announcement at South by South West (SXSW), Bose unveiled a pair of AR-enabled sunglasses which is still in its nascent stage but brings forward a whole new way AR can be implemented.

We'll wait to see, er, hear what the future holds for the Bose AR platform, but it's certainly worth keeping an eye - we mean - ear on. A new technology developed for the glasses ensures that the audio is audible only to the listener wearing the glasses, and the acoustic packages fit inside the arms of the glasses. The glasses will simulate historic events at landmarks, play speeches of a historical figure whose statue you may be looking at, or even tell you which way the departure gate is while checking in at an airport. They're also built to keep audio private, so the rest of the world doesn't know you're listening to a running commentary on your museum tour. The AR wearable is fitted with motion sensors and uses the Global Positioning System from an iOS or Android device to track the wearers location. Head gestures, voice commands, and taps can be used to control inputs.

As far as any products hitting the market, we're still a way off, but Bose says its prototype glasses can work via Bluetooth to access calls, Siri, and Google Assistant on a connected smartphone. This audible layer is said to make every day better, easier, more meaningful, and more productive, according to Bose. "It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the incredible world around you rather than a tiny display. And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines".

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