Smart Glasses, which debuted at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, is Los Angeles–based tech company Daqri's latest addition to its line of augmented reality (AR) gear, reports ARCHITECT products editor Selin Ashaboglu.
The technology builds on the company's Smart Helmet, which allows construction workers to use 4D display and visual-inertial navigation to map out their surroundings. But, the smart glasses bring the AR and VR technology to everyday office environments instead of just the jobsite.
Like the Smart Helmet, the Smart Glasses operate on a sixth-generation Intel Core m7 processor and use Intel's RealSense LR200 Depth Sensor to gauge depth and pinpoint the user's location. The key difference is that the glasses, by design, are noticeably more compact and lightweight than the helmet, weighing an evenly distributed 14 ounces—compared to the 3.3-pound helmet. Unlike the helmet, the glasses do not provide physical protection and do not feature thermal-imaging technology that helped workers monitor and maintain work sites.
The Smart Glasses can be used in professions where employees would benefit from sharing files and images in real-time—effectively bringing the field to the office. The glasses also help with remote assistance, utilizing its AR tracking camera that allows users to relay what they are seeing firsthand via computer to their colleagues. Modular in form, the Smart Glasses come with a Compute Pack which can be connected and disconnected to share recorded information with coworkers.