Augmented reality has been a bit dormant at CES this year. It seems likely that we will see a little more on that front next month at Mobile World Congress. After all, smartphones are largely considered the first frontier for AR adoption. However, that’s not going to stop some companies from getting involved with head-mounted displays.
Rokkid has been showcasing their own solution for space since about this time last year, though they were still very much in the early prototype phase at the time. Things have progressed a bit in the intervening 365 days, and the company says it is “close to mass production” with plans to start shipping products in the spring.
The latest version of Rokid Glass is 40 percent smaller than the version shown last year. Still, these should not be considered conventional hardware. Like many other AR glasses we’ve seen in recent years, the devices are designed to be used as “an open hardware and software platform where all customers and partners can create business and industrial software use cases. Various applications they include manufacturing, product inspection, field service and remote conferences. “
This week at the show, the company will showcase Project Aurora, the former eyeglass-look hardware, which is designed to offer something of a substitute for your existing hardware, such as PCs and tablets. I guess it’s a way to get away from the screen without actually moving away from the screen.
Here’s what the company had to say in a press release, ““By harnessing the ever-increasing computing power of mobile devices, Project Aurora complements these strong experiences by providing a lightweight form factor, industry-leading screen quality, and multi-modal hands-free input. Project Aurora will connect consumers with rich, immersive AR content and experiences previously unattainable with such lightweight smart glass, and we are thrilled to share what the future looks like through it. “
From this point of view, the company is inclined to offer a vision of the technology of Minority Report, which has been synonymous with futuristic interfaces. How it unfolds in person is another question, of course, completely. We should take a closer look this week at CES.