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Augmented Reality Audio Glasses by Bose
A New Way to Listen To The World
Camilla Zalka
By Camilla Zalka
Mar 20, 2018

Bose is most famous for its speakers and the quality of sound it brings to the world. So, it comes as quite a surprise when they recently announced that they will be releasing AR glasses. What? AR? Why would a speaker company get involved in optical illusions? Well they aren't.

You need to think of it as probably the smartest set of headphones to be created. Instead of superimposing images in front of your eyes like Google Glass or other smart glasses would, “Bose AR adds an audible layer of information and experiences, making every day better, easier, more meaningful, and more productive.” Said Bose.

This means that when you wear their glasses and you are walking down the street they will be able to tell you what is in front of you and which way you are looking. For example, if you are looking at a restaurant all you have to do is tap on the arm of glass and it will give you the restaurants opening hours and menu information. The idea is similar to that of Apples Siri or Amazon’s Alexa but you don’t have to ask any questions. The glasses just know.  

You will of course be able to listen to your music on these glasses and change songs with a nod or shake of the head. But the glasses will also be used to learn more about the world around you. Think museums, walking tours, and for tourists in general, or imagine how they could assist the blind. For example, at a historical landmark Bose could have a heard of horses charging past you if that was what it was about and statues giving famous speeches. Signs could be translated, or you could be told the phrase you need in any language. At the airport you could be instructed which way to go for your gate. The possibilities are endless. 

The wearable use sensors to track head motion and to be able to tell which way you are looking. It will also be connected to the GPS on your iOS or Android device to track your location allowing for accurate and timely data to be transmitted to your glasses.

Bose has not yet confirmed when these will be available on the market, nor have they mentioned a suggested retail price. Watch this space for more details.

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