Despite the efforts of companies like Microsoft and Magic Leap, this grand vision is yet to come to fruition. However, the conversation around extended reality (XR) has become increasingly energetic since the metaverse entered public consciousness, and there are signs we may be on the cusp of a shift.
To see what all the fuss is about, I got hands-on with a pair of sports glasses from a company called Engo, which use ActiveLook AR technology to project information into the periphery of the wearer’s vision.
Although the glasses are neither as powerful nor feature-rich as the leading enterprise headsets, the core premise is largely the same. And they taught me more about the future of work than expected.
The simple purpose of the Engo glasses is to improve the safety of runners and cyclists by eliminating the need to glance down at a sports watch or head unit to consult activity data, which means more time spent with eyes on the road.
The specific data projected into the lens of the Engo glasses can be configured by the user, but includes real-time speed, distance travelled, time elapsed, elevation gained and so on. By waving a hand in front of the glasses, the wearer can switch between two separate banks of data.
In a factory or hospital setting, AR glasses fulfill a similar purpose, serving up important data to workers whose hands are otherwise engaged, and improving safety standards in the process.
What was most striking, having never worn a pair of AR glasses for longer than a few minutes, was the speed with which I became accustomed to receiving information in this new way.
Initially, it was disconcerting to have an artificial source of light hovering in the periphery of the vision, and the temptation was to physically turn the head to consult the information in the lens. But the quick sideways shift of the eye necessary to get a clear look at the figures became second nature soon enough.
And although the additional technology makes the smart glasses heavier than a regular pair, they are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, which will be a crucial factor if the technology is to achieve any real penetration. Admittedly, professional-grade AR glasses are even bulkier, but they benefit from extra strapping and support too.
The Engo glasses are also kitted out with photochromic lenses that adjust automatically to the light conditions, which in theory means the same set can be used at any time of day. In practice, I found the lenses performed well in full and partial sun and were a little dark at night, but they certainly weren’t unusable, and I can imagine a similar style of lens coming in handy for repair technicians and other workers operating in outdoor environments.
As for the data itself, the AMOLED display was plenty bright enough to ensure the information was legible on even the sunniest day.
So close, and yet so far
As enlightening as the experiment was, I still wouldn’t incorporate the Engo smart glasses into my regular ridewear. And for the same reasons, AR glasses like these will continue to find a comparatively limited audience in the professional sphere too, at least until a few kinks can be ironed out.
The most frustrating issue is that, unless the glasses are positioned just-so on the bridge of the nose, the data projected into the lens becomes blurred to the point of illegibility or slips from view entirely.
This field of view problem is far from ideal when hurtling down a descent on a bicycle, and would be even more irksome for someone performing a tricky repair on a piece of machinery, conducting a surgery, or doing anything else of the sort. And nor is the issue uncommon; the first-generation HoloLens had a notoriously slim field of view, which led to all manner of clipping and visual glitches.
The second problem was that the glasses would often misinterpret a glance down at the road or the shade of a passing tree as the hand motion that triggers the switch between data screens. It’s tough to draw a broad conclusion based on a quirk of a particular set of glasses, but it did highlight the need for all sensors to be functioning at full capacity for AR to deliver on its promise.
Lastly, but not leastly, there’s the vanity factor. Inevitably, the need to squeeze processors, lasers and mirrors into head-mounted device means AR glasses are bulkier than typical eyewear. Engo has done a decent job of concealing the hardware, but the glasses still give the wearer the look of a bluebottle fly.
Until AR glasses begin to look a little more sleek, I predict a general reluctance to wear them, regardless of the new scenarios they might enable. No one wants to be the next “Glasshole”.
Is the AR revolution inevitable?
The amount of investment flooding into the XR sector and major hardware contracts signed by the likes of the US military suggests the technology is making in-roads, at least in some sectors.
The industrial market will undoubtedly be the first to adopt AR, because the technology offers a novel solution to a long-standing problem, giving factory operators and repair technicians a way to access data and communications hands-free in difficult environments.
In an office context, AR glasses are more of a quality of life improvement, which means the expense is difficult for businesses to justify, irrespective of any potential productivity benefits.
However, as with all emerging hardware, AR glasses will come down in price and manufacturers will figure out how to pack more compute into a smaller, lighter form factor. We’ve already seen this process play out in the consumer VR space, with standalone headsets like the Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus largely competitive with the PC-tethered models from years gone by.
When the sums begin to look a little more sensible for businesses, it’s easy to envisage AR playing a bigger role in all of our working lives, not just for factory workers, military and medical professionals.
Imagine a scenario in which remote workers trade in their multi-monitor setups for a combination of traditional, AR and VR displays.
While activities like editing documents and browsing the web might be better suited to a conventional business monitor, AR glasses could serve up email and Slack notifications and alert the wearer to upcoming calendar bookings. Ahead of an important event or meeting, workers might then switch into a lightweight VR headset that better simulates in-person interaction.
Until now, I’ve been relatively skeptical about this vision of the workplace of the future, peddled mostly by the manufacturers of XR hardware and other companies with skin in the game. We already probably have too many screens in our lives, without a pair of specs that lasers data into our eyeline, I thought.
But the experience with the Engo glasses, as much as it can only be considered a loose comparator, showed me that AR doesn’t have to be intrusive. And the potential use cases are compelling.
I may not be ready for AR just yet, but then, AR isn’t quite ready for me yet either.
Source: Here’s what a pair of AR sports glasses taught me about the future of work | TechRadar
While the metaverse is still under construction, you’ll still need the best collaboration tools around
Wordle Bot just showed me the near-perfect Wordle starting word
Peridot is a pet sim from the Pokémon Go team and it’s like a modern Tamagotchi
You won’t have to wait around for Xbox Series X game updates anymore
A new Arm-based CPU with 128 cores will send a shiver down spines at Intel and AMD
Microsoft Teams may just help you get out of that dull work meeting
More Remote Working Apps:
- https://quintexcapital.com/?ref=arminham Quintex Capital
- https://www.genesis-mining.com/a/2535466 Genesis Mining
- http://www.bevtraders.com/?ref=arminham BevTraders
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/369164 prime stocks
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/361015 content gorilla
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/366443 stock rush
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/373449 forrk
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/194909 keysearch
- https://jvz4.com/c/202927/296191 gluten free
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/286851 diet fitness diabetes
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/213027 writing job
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/108695 postradamus
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/372094 stoodaio
- https://jvz4.com/c/202927/358049 profile mate
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/279944 senuke
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/54245 asin
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/370227 appimize
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/376524 super backdrop
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/302715 audiencetoolkit
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/375487 4brandcommercial
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/375358 talkingfaces
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/375706 socifeed
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/184902 gaming jobs
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/88118 backlink indexer https://jvz1.com/c/202927/376361 powrsuite
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/370472 tubeserp
- https://jvz4.com/c/202927/343405 PR Rage
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/371547 design beast
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/376879 commission smasher
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/376925 MT4Code System
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/375959 viral dash
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/376527 coursova
- https://jvz4.com/c/202927/144349 fanpage
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/376877 forex expert
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/374258 appointomatic
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/377003 woocommerce
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/377005 domainname
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/376842 maxslides
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/376381 ada leadz
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/333637 eyeslick
- https://jvzcom/c/202927/376986 creaitecontentcreator
- https://jvz4.com/c/202927/376095 vidcentric
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/374965 studioninja
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/374934 marketingblocks https://jvz3.com/c/202927/372682 clipsreel
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/372916 VideoEnginePro
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/144577 BarclaysForexExpert
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/370806 Clientfinda
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/375550 Talkingfaces
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/370769 IMSyndicator
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/283867 SqribbleEbook
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/376524 superbackdrop
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/376849 VirtualReel
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/369837 MarketPresso
- https://jvz1.com/c/202927/342854 voiceBuddy
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/377211 tubeTargeter
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/377557 InstantWebsiteBundle
- https://jvz6.com/c/202927/368736 soronity
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/337292 DFY Suite 3.0 Agency+ information
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/291061 VideoRobot Enterprise
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/327447 Klippyo Kreators
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/324615 ChatterPal Commercial
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/299907 WP GDPR Fix Elite Unltd Sites
- https://jvz8.com/c/202927/328172 EngagerMate
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/342585 VidSnatcher Commercial
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/292919 myMailIt
- https://jvz3.com/c/202927/320972 Storymate Luxury Edition
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/320466 iTraffic X – Platinum Edition
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/330783 Content Gorilla One-time
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/301402 Push Button Traffic 3.0 – Brand New
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/321987 SociCake Commercial https://jvz2.com/c/202927/289944 The Internet Marketing
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/297271 Designa Suite License
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/310335 XFUNNELS FE Commercial
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/291955 ShopABot
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/312692 Inboxr
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/343635 MediaCloudPro 2.0 – Agency
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/353558 MyTrafficJacker 2.0 Pro+
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/365061 AIWA Commercial
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/357201 Toon Video Maker Premium
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/351754 Steven Alvey’s Signature Series
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/344541 Fade To Black
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/290487 Adsense Machine
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/315596 Diddly Pay’s DLCM DFY Club
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/355249 CourseReel Professional
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/309649 SociJam System
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/263380 360Apps Certification
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/359468 LocalAgencyBox
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/377557 Instant Website Bundle
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/377194 GMB Magic Content
- https://jvz2.com/c/202927/376962 PlayerNeos VR