4 Augmented eyewear models that can help your design, photography or web development business
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years you’ve most likely heard of Google Glass. It’s this augmented eyewear product developed by the world’s biggest web company that has caught the headlines more than most. But for the web workers, photographers and designers among you, perhaps you’re unsure how exactly devices like the Glass and others can greatly help your business and improve your workflow.
Thanks to an infograph by Shade Station collating research on various augmented eyewear models both released and still in production, let’s take a look at four such options worth considering.
First up we take a look at perhaps the most famous among augmented eyewear models already on the market, the eponymous Google Glass.
Manufactured by Foxconn, the Glass was in development in the Google Labs for several years before specific details emerged about it in 2013. Useful to photographers through the inclusion of a built-in camera with the ability to take photos and record videos at up to 720p HD, this Glass feature is entirely voice-controlled and dependent on user commands.
An especially interesting tool for designers working in the gaming space, the Oculus Rift capitalises on emerging virtual reality technology to deliver an augmented eyewear tool with a difference. Featuring an OLED display with a resolution expected to be at least 1920 X 1080, users’ can expect razor sharp detailing that runs parallel with Windows, OSX and Linux platforms to really help bring gaming to life. This is the future of 3D gaming so designers best start getting acquainted with it’s features now.
Developed by computer hardware and graphics specialist Nvidia, the Pinlight promises to be another augmented eyewear product that could really help designers and web developers up their game. Born in the design departments at the University of North Carolina, the Pinlight is the first LCD based glass device that promises to be lighter and simpler to use than other devices offering similar capabilities.
For photographers and designers alike the Pinlight is an interesting option due to the sheer power of its display. Comprised of an LCD panel and an array of point-light sources implemented as an edge-lit, etched acrylic sheet, it will give a deeper and clearer field of vision than users’ might otherwise have deemed impossible.
Sony’s own answer to Google Glass, the SmartEyeGlass looks set to be a great tool for developers looking to improve their workflow and produce better work in faster time frames.
Making full use of technological advancements to integrate several useful tools that can help manage and keep tabs on productivity, the SmartEyeGlass includes a brightness sensor, microphone and camera.
For more information on these augmented reality devices as well as those of several others, be sure to check out the following infograph.