Augmented Reality AR glasses have had a chequered past, not least with Google Glass development system back in 2013. Google Glass is still going as an enterprise system, as are several from companies such as Vuzix.
These are often tethered to a PC to provide training and greater interaction in remote situations, which has been increasingly important during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as provide the ability to see up to five large screens in a single field of view.
By 2030, IDTechEx predicts the augmented, virtual, and mixed reality market to be over $30bn. With Covid-19 limiting physical interaction, virtual communication and interaction will be the norm for many years to come, says the market researcher. This potential has not been lost on component suppliers such as TDK and STMicroelectronics as well as Qualcomm with the Snapdragon XR chip platform for smart AR glasses.
But CES 2021 perhaps shows a move to consumer systems as 5G wireless has sufficiently low latency and high data bandwidth to potentially replace the cable tether.
The Vuzix Next Generation Smart Glasses (NGSG) has received three CES 2021 Innovation Awards, in Computer Peripherals & Accessories, Portable Media Players & Accessories and Wearable Technologies.