Two companies announced upcoming imaging eyewear innovations:
Intelligent interactive 3D goggles
Sensics claims the first “intelligent, interactive, untethered 3D goggles” for video game play.
“Imagine being able to use hand movements and gestures to wield a light saber in a game,” the company says, “to select a movie from a media library, or to interact with augmented reality content.”
The “Natalia” system provides a fully immersive, stand-alone, 3D environment, Sensics says. It combines the resolution and field of view found in professional head-mounted displays, the unique ability to run powerful applications on board, and real-time, 360-degree tracking of the hands from the user’s perspective.
In addition to its two high-brightness OLED displays supporting both 1280 by 1024 /720p resolution, the glasses have a 1.2 GHz, dual-core processor, 3D graphics accelerator, 1GB of memory and run Android 4.
Natalia will be offered to consumer electronics and phone manufacturers as a reference design, the company says, and a development platform to game developers. Products should be available to consumers in late 2012.
See through Vuzix’ HD glasses
With integrated head tracking and options for multiple camera technologies, “Video eyewear” supplier Vuzix says its SMART glasses can “broaden the users’ sensory perception across a greatly expanded light spectrum.”
The company says for decades, “wearable displays have been referred to as Head Mounted Displays because of their bulky size and odd appearance,” says Vuzix. “This older technology is limited by the laws of optical physics that result in form factors that are large, heavy, and practically impossible to make into fashion eyewear.”
Now the company says it can provide HD video overlaid atop one’s surroundings with its SMART technology that fits into a conventional pair of eyeglasses. Its compact display engine is capable of high contrast and brightness for outdoor use in full daylight.
The 1.4mm-thick polymer waveguide lens “squeezes the light down the waveguide and then two dimensionally expands the image back into the user’s eye, creating an image that is mixed into the real world.”
The technology results in an interactive display that can merge virtual information with the real world, Vuzix ads.
Vuzix says it holds more than 51 patents in the field.