The era of touch will become history

- Aug 09, 2019-

Unlike using a smartphone to swipe or click on the screen to operate, users will control our smart glasses in very different ways. They can use the microphone built into the glasses to directly control the interface of the lens display in language, and the glasses can provide a virtual proxy for Alexa or Siri. In addition, the user can also operate by gestures in front of the front camera of the device, and the eye tracker will also be able to provide operational assistance based on the activity of the user's glasses. For example, when the user's eyes gaze at the bottom of the text interface, the text will automatically scroll down the line, and the blink action can be recognized as a click action.

Even more incredible is that Facebook is currently working with the University of California, San Francisco to develop brain-computer interface technology that allows users to directly control the user interface of AR smart glasses with "ideas".

If the current app wants to survive the future of the AR mainstream, its developers must work hard to re-create the user experience to conform to the visual-centric trend of the AR era. They need to add mixed reality and electronic image elements to the app. Control the operating mode and realize the interaction of virtual information with the real world.

Specific features such as:

When you see an acquaintance, his name and historical connection will be displayed above his field of vision. When you drive a car, navigation arrows and nearby place names appear in the field of view. When you visit a museum, smart glasses provide an audio narrative and image description of the artwork. When you are playing a game like Pokémon Go, you can interact with game characters and virtual objects displayed in real world space. New product, new experience

With a new user interface and operating system, the way users operate on smart glasses and the user experience will be completely different from those on smartphones. Smart glasses are likely to no longer use the "desktop" interface design, replacing it with a new operating interface that directly combines the real world.

At present, due to hardware development restrictions, companies such as Apple and Facebook have suspended the release of AR glasses, and Snap is bent on developing smart glasses as early as possible, although its functions are still very limited. But so far, what Snap learned from the bleak market is that people don't want to have a camera on their face. However, sales do not mean it all.

“Snap is constantly learning on the road ahead of the twists and turns. Although the products are not waiting to be seen, they have built their proprietary platform around AR. Snap does not always stick to the hardware aspects of smart glasses, and Snap has been The platform has been developed by a number of third parties, and has absorbed a lot of developers, in order to prepare for the era of smart glasses in advance." Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin wrote in a blog post yesterday.

Before being able to develop and produce mature AR smart glasses, the consumer technology industry may still need to go through some phased products. Perhaps the first step is to connect the smart glasses of the smart phone. The glasses may do so by displaying the display on the phone to the user. People may use such products for communication, reading articles, playing games or watching videos, so users don't have to keep their heads down on the phone screen.

In the second step after that, smart glasses began to develop slowly. The processors, monitors and batteries required for mature AR smart glasses will become small, powerful and affordable. Maybe we will see Apple, Facebook and Samsung. Started to bring AR or mixed reality glasses to market.

In the long run, Google Glass and Snap's Spectacles glasses may eventually be regarded as the originator of smart glasses, but these early products created technology and market conditions for later mature smart glasses products. In the future, smart glasses will become the mainstream of the times. Just like today, we can't do without smartphones. In the future, we will be inseparable from smart glasses.