Samsung's New Remote Desktop Smartglasses Blur the Line Between Virtual & Augmented Reality
There are already a few ways to use your home computer on the go, but none of them feel very natural when you're out and about, and are clunky options at best. Samsung wants to change that with Monitorless, their upcoming augmented reality smartglasses, which offer remote desktop viewing capabilities as well as the ability to switch between augmented and virtual reality modes using electrochromic glass.
The smartglasses will connect to a user's Samsung smartphone via a direct Wi-Fi connection, and the phone will then use its 4G/LTE signal to connect to the user's personal computer at home. This combination will allow users to see their computer's desktop in full through the glasses, and they will even be able to control it using your phone as the controller.
Monitorless also blurs the line between augmented and virtual reality by allowing the user to switch between an occluded and non-occluded view types. This is made possible with electrochromic glass, a type of glass that changes opacity in response to a change in voltage applied to it.
This new device comes out of Samsung's C-Lab (Creative Lab), established in 2012, an incubator to inspire creative thought from their employees—a place that allows creative ideas to be formed into a potential product.
While many head-mounted displays and smartglasses are being raced to market with all new mixed reality features like spatial awareness, interactive holograms, gesture controls, and spatialized sound, these smartglasses do something far more simple. Can they do it well? We will see next week as they are shown off at Mobile World Congress from February 27 to March 2, 2017.
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