Here is an overview of AR glasses on the market right now. Some of them are well known and often discussed – some seem to be unknown.

ODG R-7

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The AR glasses ODG R-7 is made by the American design group Osterhout. The 3D enabled glasses offer both VR and AR, look similar to normal glasses and are easy to mount ans dismount.  The temple houses the technology and you can adjust its position with the cushioned nose pads. The ODG R-7 is equipped with magnetic stereo ports, offers a 16 to 9 field of view and the dual stereoscopic display is semitransparent. The tracking is based on accelerator, gyroscope, magnetometer as well as sensors for pressure and humidity-

ODG R-8 and ODG R-9

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Both augmented reality glasses are further developments of the ODG R-7. They offer a wider field of view and faster processing power.

 

Google Glasses

Google glasses are more than AR glasses: This head mounted wearable (device for mobile data processing) is a real miniature computer with an optical display. This is a head-mounted display on a frame for augmented reality applications. The person wearing sees certain information in his field of view and can combine them with images generated by the integrated digital camera. Those data can directly sourced from the internet.

 

Google – Project Aura

The project aura AR glasses by Google continue with some advancements their work on Google Glass. They are small and lightweight like ordinary correction glasses. The battery life excels that of Google Glass, the intel processor works faster and the prism is larger. The tracking works via gyroscope and accelerated sensor. It is equipped with a camera, Wifi and Bluetooth. The wearable can be controlled easily without external controller – like it is already standard in AR technology. The project had been abandoned.

 

Epson Moverio BT-200

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Semitransparent and intelligent: These are Epsons multimedia glasses Moverio BT-200. Throughh the support of many applications and HD and 3D content they give a wide access toadmented reality. This device constantly analyzes movements and the surrounding. It is equipped with an integrated camera and a GPS system. You can navigate intuitively with an multitouch trackpad controller.

 

Moverio BT-300

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The Moverio BT-300 contains the modern, silicon based OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)  technology for digital displays by Epson. In this way Epson created the lightest multimedia glasses with OLED display that are available at the market furthermore with an image quality that is yet unmatched.

 

Moveiro BT-350

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The brightest transparent smart glasses with Si-OLED technology for commercial uses in the areas of culture and entertainment.

 

Apple VRvana Totem

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Already 2014 the start-up VRvana presented their Totem VR glasses with convincing Inside-Outside and hand tracking. Apple bought the company in 2017 and improved the glasses that are Apple VRvana Totem called now. It is capable to place AR applications correct in space. This is made by frontsided, high resolution cameras which images are displayed as extrem realistic holograms without perceptible latency.

 

Intel Vaunt

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The AR glasses Intel Vaunt comes without display and wears like a normal pair of glasses, therefore it appears unobtrusive. The Intel Vaunt AR glasses transmit information via a projector in the retina of the users right eye, a noticeable display is not necessary. But the glasses and the projector need to be individually fitted to the user. The Intel Vault weights less than 50 Gramm. The project had been abandoned.

 

CastAR

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The AR glasses CastAR originate from an exciting development project, that is regrettably discontinued by now due to the lack of further financing. But the glasses are still available. They weight just 100 Gramm and project with two mini-projectors a 720p-image in the users field of view. There are additional projection mats for CastAR that serve as playing field. The tracking is done by RFID head tracker with high precision, the Magic Wand lets you interact with virtual objects on the projection mat.

 

Magic Leap / Magic Leap One

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The AR glasses made by Start-up Magic Leap is slim and get their information from a mini-computer attached to ones waistband. Furthermore a touchpad controller belongs to the system. With Magic Leap One it is possible to project a web browser into your virtual surrounding and in Augmented Reality you can open display windows in any size making it possible to watch tv while you are in the subway. The AR glasses display virtual objects surprisingly realistic, the presentation is said to outrival Microsofts HoloLens or Meta 2 in image quality.

 

Meta Vision / Meta 2

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The AR glasses Meta 2 by Meta Vision are a direct competitor to Microsofts HoloLens and they impress with their technology. Yet they are significant cheaper than Microsofts showpiece. So far the Meta 2 are relatively big, two straps help to wear them. The 90° field of view is larger than the HoloLenses, it has the resolution 2.560 x 1.440 Pixel. Sensors recognize the users hand and head movements. You can interact via hand gestures.

 

Microsoft HoloLens

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The AR glasses Microsoft HoloLens projects holograms, information and multimedia content in the users field of view. Their AR depiction resemble them of Terminator movies. The glasses are relatively expensive, but offer first class 2D and 3D projection reaching from feisty robots to new cars to planets of our sun system. The technology for this is build in the frame and makes the Microsoft HoloLens weight 580 Gramm. An additional head band increases the wearing comfort.

 

Vuzix M100

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The AR glasses Vuzix M100 was available in the USA already fall 2014. They offer a refined design and convince technology for privat and many commercial applications. DHL for example uses the Vuzix M100 in their warehouse which increased productivity by 25 percent. The glasses weight just 300 Gramm, are equipped with audio output and two microphones and display Augmented Reality on a 16 by 9 screen.

 

Vuzix M300

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The Vuzix M300 offer refined functionality for commercial applications reaching from client service to logistics to production tasks.