Prototype for Bose’s AR glasses.
Bose is getting into the AR glasses game, but it’s not what you think. The augmented-reality platform it has announced — This is not about augmented reality it’s about hearing. The Bose AR SDK, and limited quantities of a refined and updated version of the Bose AR glasses, will be available this summer). It’s unclear when they will be available to consumers or how much they’ll cost. Bose also didn’t say whether you’ll be able to get a prescription lens put in them.
The tiny, “wafer-thin” acoustics package was developed for the platform. Bose said it represents the future of mobile micro-sound and features “jaw-dropping power and clarity.” Bose adds the technology can “be built into headphones, eyewear, helmets and more and it allows simple head gestures, voice, or a tap on the wearable to control content.” Audio is placed in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the amazing world around you — rather than a tiny display. It knows which way you’re facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more. And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines.”