There are scenes in the first two Iron Man movie where Tony Stark uses a giant holographic display to help him work. Well right now work is being done on a similar display, except this one is contained within a pair of augmented reality glasses called SpaceGlasses.
The idea of SpaceGlasses is that you are able to visualise and design 3D objects with nothing but your fingertips. Once something is designed, you can then build it for real. But the uses don't just stop at design, since the glasses can detect the movement of your hands you could do things like play virtual chess, or type out an email without the need for a physical keyboard.
But Meron Gribetz CEO of Meta, the company that created SpaceGlasses, has hit back at comparisons to Google Glass, claiming "We’re just not in the same game. Google has created a notification machine, which gives you small bits of information through pop-ups. SpaceGlasses are the most powerful wearable computers out there. We have created a fully immersive 3D experience with full-depth vision and surround sound.”
He's not that wrong, since a single pair of SpaceGlasses is 15x larger than Google Glass and 10x more powerful than a smartphone.
There's also an awful lot of tech crammed into them, including two 720p LCD displays, each with 40 degrees of field view and stereoscopic 3D, surround sound, depth sensor, as well as a 9-axis motion unit that comes with an accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Surprisingly a single pair of the glasses weighs less than 500 grams.
You can pre-order a pair now if you're willing to let go of $3,650 (around £2,150) and wear a goofy looking pair of goggles on your face in public. [The Telegraph]