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Standalone AR Headsets – Coming soon from Google


Augmented Reality as the name indicates is the augmentation of the real world.  The augmentation is effected with computer-generated effects.  Virtual reality, on the other hand, alters the perception of the real world.  It immerses the user into a world far removed from reality. Augmented reality integrates the sensations with the natural environment. It was introduced purely for entertainment more than two decades ago.  Today,  AR is changing the world of education, science and remote conferencing and standalone AR headset will definitely a big jump.  It offers a conceptually richer environment.

Google’s much awaited standalone AR headset

Here’s a sneak peek or rather a sneak report into what Google plans to offer to the world of Augmented Reality.  Man has always wanted to forge ahead, unharnessed and unfettered.  Google now plans to make this a reality for those interested in AR.  Google Glass and Daydream enthralled the end-user. The Company is now planning to hit the shelves with a tether less AR headset, not dissimilar to Microsoft HoloLens.

The advantages of Google’s standalone headset

The  “A65” is the secretly coded project name. The headset is reportedly without a cable and amazingly without even a computer connection.  Seems impossible. Well, not really.  Working with Qualcomm the reputed US chip manufacturer, Google is confident of making this a practical reality.

Who is working behind the scenes?

Quanta the Fortune rated, Taiwan based manufacturer of electronic hardware is working with Google in designing the prototype for the new headset.They have still several more stages to complete before they can unveil the final much awaited product.  Discussions between Google and its collaborators began only recently.

How will the headset function?

We really do not have much information as the project is still in its nascent stage.  But what we do know is that it is a device that sits before the gamer’s eyes.  We also know that Quanta is working with a small vendor Meta on a related project coded A66.Meta has already produced augmented headsets but these are all hitched to the computer.

As always new developments create much excitement in the AR segment.  The end users wait impatiently for the product.  But we are still guessing as to when the product will make its first appearance.  However, Qualcomm is concentrating on artificial intelligence data in the chip. Speech recognition is one of the anticipated features.  These higher levels of artificial intelligence call for several stages of development.  It may take months of trial and error and re-working. When the product is unveiled, we can be certain is that  it will be remarkable, given the reputation of its creators.

Google’s earlier AR products 

Google has in the past brought AR functions to Android users to name a few – Tango, Daydream and Lenovo Mirage Solo. They implemented “WorldSense” into the Daydream platform.  The technique utilized here is two front-facing camera sensors. This transports the user to an imaginative unbounded tracking volume.  The standalone AR headset would not be entirely different from this experience.

Like creators, we also like to know your expectations and invite your suggestions.  Remember no suggestions may be practical but that should not deter you from speaking your mind.  Feel free to leave your comment.

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