There is a new Samsung patent showing what could be the South Korean tech conglomerate’s response to the recent moves by Apple and Sony to launch augmented reality glasses.
The design patent was published in a South Korean website and shows the first images of the augmented reality headset. Samsung applied for the patent early this year and it was published on October 17th.
The patent includes a 3D render image of the augmented reality glasses. They look like a smaller version of the Magic Leap One headset or the HoloLens 2. However, the glasses are far from slim smartphone glasses such as the North Focals.
The design patent also allows for a space for processors which implies that AR glasses may run independently without tethering to a smartphone or a pocket computer. However, there also exists a drawing that showing a laterally extending cable (indicating a tethered connection rather than an independent or a standalone operation).
The drawings also show two parallel cameras. These are most probably for 3D orientation in space but they could also be used for finger-tracking.
The displays have a structure that is reminiscent of the waveguide screens found in Microsoft’s AR HoloLens 2 AR glasses. However, the screen looks smaller.
Light can be directed through a mini-projector located in the side brackets in the upper part of the lens to the lower third. From here, a reflector is projected onto the user’s eyes.
The design also features a case that opens between the eyes. This seems like an awkward position for speaker but it isn’t a good idea to have vents directly on the nose either.
2020 is therefore looking up to be a great year for augmented reality with three of the biggest players, Sony, Samsung and Apple, all expected to launch new AR devices next year. Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality glasses are slated to arrive by the first half of 2020. Sony is already experimenting with an AR-prototype in Japan. Samsung, too, is experimenting with augmented reality glasses and showcased a prototype during its developer conference held last November.
Samsung’s AR glasses also featured its Augmented Reality Cloud, “Project Whare” which is a crucial framework for a future Samsung-based augmented reality ecosystem.
Whare is capable of having up to ten users simultaneously in the same location having a synchronized access to similar digital objects.
During the Augmented Reality Expo held in June, Samsung manager Farshid Fallah confirmed that the company was developing “several AR and VR products”.
The advent of 5G is expected to drastically transform the industry and change the rules for both augmented reality and virtual reality technologies.
Details on patent can be found on Galaxyclub.nl