While AR wearables are not ready for practical day-to-day use just yet, we are coming across a few interesting options lately. Toshiba today announced its first wearable Augmented Reality (AR) solution that combines the power of a Windows 10 PC with the utility of an industrial-grade pair of smart glasses.
Targeted mainly towards enterprise customers, Toshiba’s dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses includes a Head Mounted Display (HMD), called the dynaEdge AR100, and a pocket-sized mobile computer named the dynaEdge DE-100 mini PC. In terms of how the head-mounted glasses look, it does resemble the Google Glass in many ways. This makes the wearable in itself look dated, but it is much more capable because of the mini PC that powers it.
Based on a blog post, the dynaEdge AR smart glasses in itself weighs less than 11 ounces and comes with a swipe and tap functionality which is afforded by an integrated touchpad on the head-mounted-display. To ensure better security and restricted access to other users Google has also gone ahead and thrown in a fingerprint scanner on the side of the glasses.
As for the mini PC, apart from running Windows 10 Pro, it comes with a 6th Generation Intel Core M Processors inside along with Intel HD Graphics and dual-band wireless-ac support. The integrated display on the HMD unit provides a viewing experience equivalent to a 4.1-inch display seen at 14 inches. It also gets GPS, a three-axis accelerometer with a gyroscope for head tracking, a 5 MP POV camera, a speaker and dual noise-cancelling microphones for better voice calling.
But because the device is engineered for enterprise use, its capabilities are mostly limited to on-the-job applications rather than daily activities. Toshiba's handsfree AR solution is capable of functions such as viewing documents, making live video calls, a photo/video capture mode, maintaining workflow instructions and a barcode scanning ability. The unit also packs in a See-What-I-See mode. This makes it ideal for a variety of enterprise use scenarios including maintenance, manufacturing, quality assessment, logistics etc.
As for availability details, the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses will be available in various configurations in the second quarter of the year starting at a price of $1,899.99.