Explore the world of Smart Glasses in this comprehensive guide.
Learn about the futuristic eyewear's features, applications, and how it's shaping our future!
The dynamic capabilities of technology no longer have to be contained in your device. Now, its power can be infused into the world around you. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature based on your usage patterns, smart lights can dim or brighten according to your preferences, and smart security systems alert you of unusual activity even when you're out—and, as we here at Kreafolk detail in our article, all this can culminate into smart homes.
But why stop there? With the help of smart glasses, you can project technology's capacity in front of your very eyes. Here's everything you need to know about the futuristic eyewear of today.
The technology behind smart glasses
Smart glasses collect information like sounds and visuals from your environment and provide you with information in turn, whether it's your curated playlists or a VR game. It manages this via the subtly hidden components within its design—most models have a central processing unit embedded into one of its frame's arms, and a camera module at the temple. Meanwhile, smart glasses often utilize a projector and prism on the upper part of its lenses to show digital displays.
Key features of smart glasses
One of the best features of smart glasses is their ability to capture and share special moments with hands-free storytelling. You can remain immersed in the moment and record caliber photos and videos simultaneously. This feature is exemplified by Ray-Ban Stories. These smart Ray-Ban sunglasses use a dual 5MP camera to take high-resolution images of up to 2592x1944 pixels and videos with a maximum of 1184x1184 pixels at 30 frames per second. It even automatically adjusts the lighting for optimal visibility.
Speaker and audio functions
Smart glasses aren't limited to visual features. You can both hear and be heard through your glasses—perfect for taking calls or giving orders to virtual assistants like Siri. You'll also be able to use your specs to listen to your favorite songs when walking around or working out. The Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses are perfect for this, sporting embedded that allow you to listen to your tunes while remaining aware of your surroundings and without bothering any passersby.
While smart glasses can enhance the world around you, they can also add to it via augmented reality. Through this, users can superimpose digital media while still keeping an eye on the real world—which may sound simple but has many implications in terms of gaming, movie-watching, and other ways of taking in information visually. For this, you can look forward to Xiaomi's prototype. It promises a retina-level display that allows users to see and interact with virtual objects through gesture control.
Even with all these trendy features, smart glasses don't forget their original purpose: to help you see better. They have the lens technology to adjust focal lengths to the user's appropriate grade. The company ARVO takes this a step further with its eSight Go glasses, smart glasses that can help those who have lost their central vision. Similar initiatives are well underway.
How to choose the best smart glasses for your needs
1. Consider your comfort
You'll likely want to use your smart glasses' many functions for much of the time—and if that's the case, you should ensure you're comfortable wearing them. Even before considering tech aspects, see that your eyewear fits you correctly.
2. Check out its durability
Smart glasses are definitely a worthy investment, but you want to avoid buying one that's bound to break easily. You might want to see the manufacturer's tech support and warranty options and then take the first few days with your new specs to observe their durability. That way, you can replace them with a more robust pair if needed.
3. Decide on its useful features
Different smart glasses specialize in different things, and you'll want to pick what's most important to you. Before purchasing, determine your essential features—perhaps using the above list as a guide—and make your choice using that criteria.
Smart glasses can now do so much, from capturing moments to projecting realities. To have one means to own a piece of our fast-developing technological future.