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Atheer Offers a Wearable Display That's Glasses, Not Glass

timothy posted about a year ago | from the look-deep-into-my-opaque-lenses dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A new competitor to Google Glass was unveiled Thursday at the AllThingsD conference. Unlike Glass, it shows augmented reality content in 3D and is driven by hand gestures and voice input." Here's a video demo. If you think complaints that Google Glass is creepy have merit, take heart: these aren't for walking around with.

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And I thought... (-1)

Sean Whalen (2903111) | about a year ago | (#43885557)

And I thought Google Glass looked pretentious...

Re:And I thought... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43885627)

And I thought Google Glass looked pretentious...

It makes you aware of how insecure and inadequate you really are ... therefore it must be pretentious. Clearly this is the device's fault!

Re:And I thought... (1, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#43885691)

no its the fact that someone feels that they are so important they can no possibility be out of the loop for a single moment, not even to look at their phone, that they are willing to strap something on their face in order to let the world know how insecure and inadequate they really are.

Re:And I thought... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43885753)

They're not to do work, they're for porn-watching. See all of those weenie-dipshit kids gesturing and sashaying to the music on their iPhones, in public? In another year or two we're gonna see those same histrionic weenies walking down the streets rubbing their nipples, erections clearly visible from beneath their trousers with perhaps a bit of tip peeking out from above the waistband. All because of the availability of porn on their headsets.

Mark my words.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:And I thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43886171)

And what a glorious day that shall be! -Methanol-fueled

Re:And I thought... (4, Insightful)

timmyf2371 (586051) | about a year ago | (#43886687)

I have to wear glasses anyway (and don't have the option of contacts). What's so bad about having some electronics built in to the frame that's already on my face?

it's not about being out of the loop or feeling inadequate. It's about using technology and making it work for me.

We had naysayers like yourself before cell phones were popular. It would be difficult to present a convincing argument that the advancement of cellular tech has enabled us to do things we weren't able to do before and that this has had a positive impact on quality of life. Wearables are merely the next step in this evolutionary process.

Re:And I thought... (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#43886999)

yea like teenagers texting OMG right before they slam into a car full of kids

I am not a nay sayer, I am just being realistic, you want a few ounces of crap giving you headaches go for it, but dont get too excited this is in its infancy, google glass is what newton was to iphone

Re:And I thought... (1)

HiThere (15173) | about a year ago | (#43890495)

Don't be sure this can be used with perscription glasses. The current version of Google Glass can't. (They did say that they would be looking into solving the problem in a few years, but...)

Also, that picture looked ... ugly. Their current version clearly needs a lot of work before it's a consumer device. (It also looked heavy, which would translate into uncomfortable.) And the way it hides your eyes is socially distancing...though I suppose that doesn't matter if you never talk to anyone in person. (Think movie stars. The function of the dark glasses is less to protect their eyes than to socially distance them. They remove the dark glasses when interacting with equals.)

Re: And I thought... (1)

crdotson (224356) | about a year ago | (#43886815)

I can't stand those pretentious people who can't stand being out of touch for a few hours until they get back. The idiots think they need a cell phone.

I can't stand those pretentious people who can't stand being out of touch for a few days. The idiots think they need a phone.

omfg, terminator (1)

lexsird (1208192) | about a year ago | (#43885631)

"I'll be bach!" ??

The "natural hand gestures" are even worse... (1)

Nutria (679911) | about a year ago | (#43885721)

than people with Bluetooth headsets gabbing away as if they're schizophrenics talking to their imaginary friends.

Kickstarter should get in on this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43885739)

If we can get a large enough group of people wearing these then we can finally crowd source charades. :) ...Or maybe even miming with a technical edge.

OBS : That's the best 'trapped in a box' miming I've ever seen!
GLASSES : Miming? What are you talking about? I'm just checking my stocks.

Demo wasn't augmented reality (4, Informative)

capedgirardeau (531367) | about a year ago | (#43885759)

That demo was not augmented reality (at least the first half, it was too boring to watch the whole thing). It looked like a display system at best.

The user had to pick their location from a globe they could spin. Then they pick their home offices? What did that have to do with augmenting the reality of them standing on a stage wherever the conference was looking at three well known people.

Augmented reality is about looking at the world and having the computer augment what your eyes are seeing. It could be mundane stuff like yelp or tripadvisor ratings above stores or hotels you are looking at, or something cool like tracking the pulse of a person you are looking at to see how they react to questions you ask. It could be anything overlayed on your current scene that would augment the information you eyes can normally collect.

Awkward gestures to pick a location from a globe and read a newspaper that has nothing to do with your current reality is not it.

I like how they pointed out the user could see the people and scene on stage as well as the overlayed graphics we were seeing on the screen. What use would that be to see people standing around or whatever the scene while I tried to read a newspaper?

They should just be honest and call them a 3d glasses based display with a kinect glued to the top frame of the glasses for input.

Re:Demo wasn't augmented reality (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#43885937)

Spoiler: they didn't show any AR in the second half, either. If it makes you feel any better they did say it was a conceptual demo.

Re:Demo wasn't augmented reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43886065)

Baby steps, man. Baby steps.

I want a personal Holodeck too but these things take time to create. Give it some patience.

Re:Demo wasn't augmented reality (1)

naff89 (716141) | about a year ago | (#43886189)

Advanced software will come with time. All they'd have to do is open the API and run an app store, and they'd be set.

The hard part is getting people to wear the displays in the first part.

Hosts (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43885819)

Those hosts have to be worst ever.

"Ok now here is a demo of some new tech, now EVERYONE TALK AT ONCE!!!"

The hosts needed to shut up (1)

sir-gold (949031) | about a year ago | (#43885829)

The two hosts should have let the representative give his demonstration in peace, instead of constantly interrupting him mid-sentence. It made the whole presentation nearly unwatchable

Re:The hosts needed to shut up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43886093)

The two hosts should have let the representative give his demonstration in peace, instead of constantly interrupting him mid-sentence. It made the whole presentation nearly unwatchable

This is how average Americans talk to each other. Ever see an American talk show? Those guys have their own shows because they're the champions of it. It's also why average Americans repeat themselves so much. Even when you are listening and don't interrupt them, they are so used to running it on autopilot that they do it anyway. And heaven forbid you actually take a few milliseconds to formulate a thoughtful response about a nuanced topic - they'll just start repeating themselves again like you're slow-witted and didn't understand.

When you're a thinking person and you listen significantly more than you speak, this American tendency makes sales or customer service type of work quite annoying. It's some kind of ADD/ADHD/constantly-in-a-hurry-burnout-lifestyle-ratrace deal.

Re:The hosts needed to shut up (1)

funkboy (71672) | about a year ago | (#43887745)

Do you think generalizing about the inhabitants of a country of 320 million people/10 million km2 will help the problem?

Re:The hosts needed to shut up (3, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#43888339)

This is how average Americans talk to each other. Ever see an American talk show? Those guys have their own shows because they're the champions of it. It's also why average Americans repeat themselves so much.

Well no. We repeat ourselves because the average American doesn't listen. Interruption is just a symptom of that. They're not really aware that you're saying something, they're more caught up in deciding what they're going to say next.

Apples and Oranges? (2)

twistofsin (718250) | about a year ago | (#43885913)

"A new competitor to Google Glass.."

"If you think complaints that Google Glass is creepy have merit, take heart: these aren't for walking around with."

Okay so .. where does it compete with Google Glass again? Just because they both hang on my face it doesn't mean they are vying for the same market.

Re:Apples and Oranges? (1)

Myopic (18616) | about a year ago | (#43886059)

More like comparing Pink Lady apples to Honeycrisp apples. They are very similar products, but not exactly the same. I would compare it to the similarity between Bluetooth and Wifi.

Re:Apples and Oranges? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43888865)

"A new competitor to Google Glass.."

"If you think complaints that Google Glass is creepy have merit, take heart: these aren't for walking around with."

Okay so .. where does it compete with Google Glass again? Just because they both hang on my face it doesn't mean they are vying for the same market.

They compete for your face. You can only wear one - so you will only want to pay for one. The use cases may be different - you can still only wear one. So they compete. Similiar to how very different cars 'compete' because most people have only one.

charlatans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43885933)

fake demo, fake software, fake 3d, everything fake... they're full of crap

VR headset and groping mid air, really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43886287)

Something 90s called something back.

Aren't for walking around with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43887627)

Then what the hell makes them "wearable", if I can't wear it and go about my business? I thought that was the definition of wearable computing. This is just a take on the old nineties VR paradigm then.

oh yes this is really what i want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43888925)

oh yes this is really what i want: 3D ads swirling around me... no thanks

(haha! captcha: corrupts)

Great (1)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year ago | (#43889479)

Now I'll never be able to tell the schizophrenics from everyone else on the street.

Johnny Mnemonic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43890873)

This is so cutting edge, Keanu Reeves used it in 1995!

idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43893483)

I don't usually rtfa, but i thought i'd check out the video...clicked the link on my android tablet and it pulls up a list of headlines in a very unappealing pseudo-mobile format, but no video.
If these morons cant even figure out how to post a video that works on , then they couldn't possibly have managed an assistive technology device that is useful either

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