The augmented reality industry has come a long way since it became mainstream with products like Pokémon Go and Google Glass. We have since seen several AR products and applications come up. While the majority of the AR products currently on the market are phone-based, there have been several AR headsets and smart glasses developed in the past years. In this article, we discuss five of the best AR wearable devices of 2020 you can buy right now.
Microsoft HoloLens 2
The HoloLens 2 is Microsoft’s second AR headset, and it’s perhaps the best AR headset right now. Unfortunately, it is designed for enterprise use cases only, such as remote collaboration, logistics, assembly lines, and so on. Microsoft has made several improvements to the headset since its predecessor, such as an increased FOV, larger RAM, a second-generation Holographic Processing Unit, and so on.
- Display: 2k 120Hz display per eye, 52 degrees FOV
- Sensors: 4 light cameras (Hand tracking), 2 IR cameras, 8MP camera (for stills and 1080p30 video), etc.
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform
- HPU: 2nd Generation
- Memory: 4-GB LPDDR4x system DRAM
- Storage: 64-GB UFS 2.1
- OS: Windows Holographic Operating System
Check out the headset’s website for the full specs and price.
Vuzix Blade Upgraded
Vuzix Blade Upgraded is, well, an upgrade to the Vuzix Blade. The Blade Upgraded looks like a regular pair of glasses, except that it isn’t. Using waveguide technology, the pair of glasses project a full-color display onto the right lens of the glasses. Unlike HoloLens, Vuzix Blade Upgraded is designed to be used by everyone. You can use them at home or at work.
- Display: Cobra II DLP based display
- CPU: Quad-Core ARM
- OS: Android
- Noise-canceling microphones
- Stereo speakers
- 8MP camera (720p 30fps or 1080p 24fps)
Check out the smart glasses’ website for the full specs and price.
Epson Moverio BT-300
The Moverio BT-300 is a pair of AR glasses like the Vuzix Blade Upgraded. Unlike the Vuzix Blade Upgraded, the Moverio BT-300 looks more like a tech device. It looks a lot like the Google Glass, but where Google Glass has a display in one eye, it has one for each eye. The Moverio BT-300 also has a drone edition called Moverio BT-300 Drone FPV that allows you to control DJI drones. Through the glasses, you can see what the drones see, as well as your surroundings.
- Display: 1280 RGB x 720 HD Si-OLED 30 Hz display, 23 degrees FOV
- Sensors: 5MP Camera, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
- CPU: Intel Atom x5 1.44GHz Quad-Core
- Storage: 16GB RAM
- Memory: 16 GB
- OS: Moverio OS with pre-installed apps such as Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, etc.
Check out the smart glasses’ website for the full specs and price. The Everysight Raptor is a pair of AR glasses designed with cyclists in mind. The glasses look much better than the Moverio, but not as normal looking as the Vuzix. Everysight Raptor enables cyclists to view their various stats such as their speed, cadence, and heart rate while still seeing the road ahead of them during cycling. The Raptor has one of the best cameras on this list yet at 13.2MP.
- Display: WVGA+ OLED Display,
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E
- Memory: 2GB SDRAM
- Storage: 16GB / 32GB
- Sensors: 13.2MP Camera, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Barometer, etc.
- Water resistance: IP55
- OS: Android
Check out the smart glasses’ website for the full spec and price.
The Solos is quite similar to the Raptor. It is mainly used for sports and fitness training. Unlike the Raptor, the Solos is set up for both cycling and running. You can monitor all your essential stats as you cycle or run through the smart glasses’ adjustable WQVGA 16:9 microdisplay. The Solos is about 30g lighter than the Raptor.
- Display: WQVGA+ 16:9 micro display, 10.68 degrees FOV
Check out its website for the full spec and price.
So these are the top AR glasses/headset you can buy currently. You probably noticed that Microsoft is the only big name on the list. That’s because other big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple either dropped out of the AR glasses/headset industry (probably temporarily) or are still working on their products. Perhaps, in the next year or two, we’d be seeing their products in an article like this.
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