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Bose AR glasses: Reality augmented by sound

This principle of augmented reality does not superimpose images on the real world but contextualized sounds. The manufacturer Bose presented a prototype of glasses called AR and wants to finance the developers who will want to work on its platform.

Augmented reality refers in principle to the display of visual information superimposed on the real environment. This is the case of Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens or fu game Pokemon Go. And if we forgot the image for the benefit of sound? This is the bet of Bose who thinks that sound can also be used to “increase reality”.

The well-known brand of audio equipment has just unveiled its Bose AR platform, a hardware and software technology that broadcasts audio information related to what a person is watching. To illustrate the concept, Bose created a pair of sunglasses that look like an ordinary model, if not slightly thicker branches. Inside, motion sensors locate what the person is looking at. This information is paired with the GPS of the smartphone to which the glasses are connected in Bluetooth to produce contextualized audio information without using any camera.

Bose AR creates a layer of audio information
Two directional speakers are built into the glasses, close to the ears. Only the user can hear the broadcast sound. The system can be controlled by voice, gestures or head movements and is compatible with existing applications. Bose cites some examples of use: a tourist can hear simulations of historical events by looking at a monument, comments on a work of art, an instantaneous translation of a signpost, reviews on a restaurant, etc.

The glasses are only a demonstrator because the Bose AR technology can be incorporated into other devices, headphones or other connected accessories. In addition, Bose has created a $ 50 million investment fund to finance developers who want to adapt their applications. ASICS Studio, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn and Yelp are already partners, as well as MIT and the University of New York who will work on this new type of interface.

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