CES 2017: Top 6 AR Tech Innovations / by TI

This year at CES, augmented reality captured a little more attention than virtual reality. The main focus of AR at CES was hardware, optics, and mobile solutions. If there was one thing in common, is that companies are now striving for minimization of the hardware necessary for AR. These are the top AR tech innovations of CES 2017. 

1. ODG R8-R9 Smartglasses

This year ODG grabbed the spotlight by showing off the R8 and R9 AR smart glasses. Both glasses are powerful AR solutions targeted towards the enterprise and consumer markets.

R8– $1,000 (Q3 2017) – Consumer

  • 1080p OLED microdisplay 80Hz
  • 4 ounces
  • 40 degree FOV 
  • Stereo 1080p cameras (3D recording)
  • Snapdragon 835 processor

R9– $1,800 (Q2 2017) – Enterprise

  • 1080p OLED microdisplay 80Hz
  • 6 ounces
  • 50 degree FOV
  • Expansion ports w/ aftermarket modules
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 2. DAQRI Smartglasses

DAQRI revealed an entirely new product to their lineup. It’s a new kind of animal when compared to their much larger smart helmet. What stands out most about DAQRI’s new smart glasses is the industrial design. These are the sleekest and modern pair of smart glasses we’ve seen yet. If the Hololens were glasses these are what they would probably look like. Here are the top features and specs of DAQRI’s smartglasses:

  • Intel Core m7 processor
  • LR200 Depth Sensor
  • Biometric FingerScanner
  • Adjustable straps

3. Lumus Optics

Lumus demoed a device they called the Maximus. It’s a bulky tabletop device that produces a rather impressive 55-degree FOV. It uses a pair of microdisplays housed above the glass that emits the images along the prism-like structures that are then projected into the user’s eyes. The company also released a conceptual prototype demonstrating that their optics could eventually be packaged into a pair of glasses

4. Asus Zenfone AR

This week Asus revealed a dedicated project Tango related smartphone that supports both Google’s project Tango and Daydream VR platform. “The Zenfone supports computationally intensive Tango use cases that involve motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning using cutting-edge computer vision, graphics, and sensor processing”. Here are the Specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Hexagon 680 DSP
  • All-ways on awareness
  • 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display
  • 8GB ram
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 23MP IMX 318 sensor w/ OIS and 4k video recording
  • DTS virtual surround sound

5. Holocube

Using Augmented reality Merge VR developed a toy Called the HoloCube. Its a paper box that can be transformed into various objects from musical instruments to virtual pets or a world of mini blocks that can be held by hand. It works by assigning a pattern of QR codes on each side the cube. Your phone’s camera tracks and interprets the codes that allow for accurate placement of visuals. Pairing HoloCube with VR Goggles lets people interact directly with the holograms turning it into a magical box of wonder

6. SketchAR

SketchAR is an application that uses computer vision technology to scan environment, and place the virtual image onto a real surface without special marks. The user sees a virtual image on the surface of which is planning to transfer a sketch. In one hand, the user holds a phone and a screen sees a virtual image, while the other hand encircles virtual sketch lines already on paper.