When most people think about technology and optics, the first thought is to contact lenses. After all, after glasses, they are the most common consumer-facing optic product available. However, if you think that the mix of technology and optics ended there, then this article has some pleasant surprises for you!
Have you seen large yellow vending machines in seemingly particular places with long lines of people? If you have then you have seen a Snapchat Spectacle vending machine. These machines spit out sunglasses with one special including, a small camera on the lens which records short snippets of video which can then be published to your Snapchat story or simply downloaded.
While this might seem like a gimmick, there is actually one important technology behind them. You see, while all camera lenses are circular, they only record in a square or rectangular format. However, Snapchat Spectacles record in a circular frame, meaning that you can, as the video is playing, switch your phone between portrait and landscape mode to see more of or different aspects in the video.
AR (Augmented Reality)
If you have ever played Pokemon Go then you have interacted with AR. AR, or Augmented Reality, is the step between the real world and total virtual reality. AR offers a range of benefits to your cell phone, but it also has its own set of devices in the form of smart glasses.
Smart glasses are headsets which you can fit over your existing spectacles or any of the sunglasses from the Groupon Coupons page for Sunglass Hut and includes a small clear screen which sits in front of your eye. Once activated, this screen can overlay information onto what you are seeing in the real world.
For example, wearing these glasses or headsets, you could look up into the sky and see, through the screen, all of the consolations displayed. Similarly, if you were looking at the ruins of a building then you could use the screen to overlay a picture of what the building used to look like. Right on top of the real building which you are looking at!
Very recently, a group of manufacturers has begun introducing Google Glass headsets onto their factory floors and giving them to their front line production staff.
These headsets are used to display safety information, instructions on the current process, along with any other types of helpful information. All of this information can be shown to the employer all without them needing to use their hands or to take their focus off the job they are doing.
While it’s true that we have not’ yet reached the point where people and robots become one bionic being, you can see from the three products mentioned above in this article that the future is quickly on its way! So when it comes time for the robot revolt, be sure that you have your pair of smart glasses to help you!