According to Bose's blog post explaining the capabilities of the concept wearable, the company states that the sunglass makes use of the Bose AR platform which uses head movements, voice commands and taps on the wearable to execute various functions.
Augmented reality has mostly always been thought of visual overlays wherein the virtual can be superimposed on the real with the help of AR headsets of glasses.
Bose Reveals AR Audio Platform
Bose is working with a variety of partners including Aaptiv, Strava, Walc, ASICS Studio, Anchor, TuneIn, RadioPublic, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Audioburst, and Method Exp for content for the Bose AR wearables. Bose's AR Glasses sidesteps those concerns by not relying on visuals at all.
The glasses, equipped with "wafer-thin acoustics package", would be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, controlled by Siri and Google Assistant, touch or head gestures. The company is taking it one step further by developing an AR platform that will bring it to other wearables and it can seamlessly be built into headphones, eyewear, helmets and more, without compromising their existing functionality. The miniature acoustic package is embedded in each arm which will keep the audio private.More news: Gavin Robertson: Australia's mindless chat motivated AB de Villiers
The company is prepared to invest up to $50 million in startups focused on apps, services or technologies for the platform, Bose said.
As for the concept sunglasses, we are not sure whether Bose intends on launching it for the masses just yet. It includes motion sensors and for tracking the wearer's location, it lets use Global Positioning System from an iOS or Android device.More news: Sane Trilogy coming to Switch, Xbox One, PC
The idea is to, when traveling and sightseeing, have an experience based on audio-whether it be hearing sound effects at historical sites, famous speeches or having road signs translated. "It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the awesome world around you rather than a tiny display". It knows which way you're facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more.
This is certainly a new way of implementing AR technology, and pretty unique from the way AR is being implemented in other products and apps.More news: Goldman Sachs Names Solomon as Next in Line to Replace CEO Blankfein