Overview

Augmented Reality (AR) smart glasses and Mixed Reality (MR) glasses represent the cutting edge of wearable technology, blending the digital and physical worlds to provide immersive and interactive experiences.

Here’s a detailed overview of these innovative devices, their key features, current examples, and potential applications.

AR smart glasses

description

AR smart glasses overlay digital information onto the real world, enhancing the user's perception with contextually relevant data. These glasses are typically lightweight, designed for everyday use, and focus on displaying notifications, navigation information, and simple augmented visuals.

key Features:

Heads-Up Display (HUD):

  • Projects information onto the lens, allowing users to view data without looking away from their surroundings.

Transparency

  • Lenses remain transparent to enable a clear view of the real world while overlaying digital content.

Connectivity

  • Wireless connectivity to smartphones or other devices for data and notifications.

Sensors

  • Equipped with cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and sometimes GPS to provide context-aware information.

Voice Control

  • Many AR smart glasses support voice commands for hands-free operation.

Potential Applications:

Industry

  • Hands-free access to manuals, real-time data, and remote support in manufacturing and field service.

Healthcare

  • Real-time patient data, navigation during surgeries, and remote consultations.

Retail

  • Enhanced shopping experiences with product information and virtual try-ons.

Navigation

  • Turn-by-turn directions and location-based information for travelers.

Mixed Reality headsets

description

Mixed Reality (MR) glasses take AR a step further by not only overlaying digital content but also integrating it seamlessly into the real environment. MR glasses are capable of understanding and interacting with the physical world, providing more immersive and interactive experiences.

key Features:

Spatial Mapping

  • Uses cameras and sensors to map the physical environment in real-time, allowing digital objects to interact with real-world surfaces and spaces.

Opaque Display

  • Unlike AR smart glasses, MR glasses often use opaque displays to fully immerse users in digital content while blocking out the real world when needed.

Hand and Eye Tracking

  • Advanced tracking technologies to enable natural interactions with digital objects.

Spatial Sound

  • 3D audio that enhances the immersive experience by providing directional sound cues.

Powerful Processors

  • High-performance processors to handle complex graphics and real-time spatial computations.

Potential Applications:

Design and Prototyping

  • Visualize and interact with 3D models in real-world contexts for product design and architectural planning.

Education and Training

  • Immersive learning experiences with interactive simulations and virtual labs.

Healthcare

  • Enhanced surgical navigation, remote diagnostics, and patient education.

Entertainment

  • Interactive games and media experiences that blend digital content with the real world.

Collaboration

  • Virtual meeting spaces where users can collaborate on digital content in a shared physical space.

Work

Selected Clients

Handbuilt (VIC)

Based centrally in Melbourne's CBD for easy access

Handbuilt (NSW)

Only a few minutes from Sydney's Central Station

Handbuilt (TAS)

We still have a presence in this idyllic historic area