Atheer One: Immersive Smart Glasses

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Google Glass is the most well-known pair of smart glasses even though there are many slightly superior options to choose from (I should say preorder). While Google Glass manages to stay on top as the most-well known pair of smart glasses, that’s eventually going to change as more competitors release their devices. Every week it seems like a more powerful, less pricey, and much cooler option comes out.

One of the more recent pair of smart glasses to have a successful Indiegogo are the Atheer One smart glasses. Atheer Labs, the company behind Atheer one smart glasses, have managed to raise $174,720 with their Indiegogo fund raiser, which is $74,720 over their main goal. The campaign doesn’t end until February 17th, so we can expect the end amount that is raised to be slightly higher than the above. So, what’s so good about this pair of smart glasses and why are people interested?

Specs and Prices

There are two versions of the smart glasses that you can buy from Atheer Labs. One version is meant for regular consumers and is called the Atheer One, and the other version is for developers and is simply named the developer kit. So, what’s the difference between the two?

The Atheer One connects to your smart phone through a micro-USB cable and uses your phone’s resources and processor to handle everything. The Atheer one has a 65 degree field of view, 3D stereo see-through display with a 1024×768 resolution, 2 x 8MP camera, 6 sensors, and weighs 70g. The Atheer one costs $500, which is a mind-exploding price considering what you get, and what other smart glasses are priced at.

The Atheer Developer kit is an independent device and does not connect to your phone. The developer kit can operate on its own and has a Qualcomm 8074 processor to handle its business. The developer kit has a 36 degree field of view, 3D display with a 1024×768 resolution, 2 x 5Mp cameras, 6 sensors, and weighs 135g. While the Atheer One only costs $350, the developer kit costs $850 ($1000 in April). I’m not going to complain about the price of the developer kit much because it does include extra hardware to make it a stand-alone device.

While some of the specs and prices differ between the two devices, they both have the same functionality and gesture support.

Compatible with All Android Apps

Atheer One is compatible with all the android apps that are available today. The Atheer one is able to run all Android apps thanks to its ability to display a virtual tablet that is 26” HD and that floats near your face. You are able to control and interact with the tablet and the Android apps through the Atheer One’s “air touch” technology.

Gesture Support

The device has gesture support and developers will have access to APIs that will allow them to use gestures in their own apps. Besides that, Atheer Labs is building a tool that will help developers build and recognize their own gestures in apps.

3D Apps

Developers will get a beefy SDK/API, and guide that can help them build 3D apps that provide a much deeper, immersive experience.

Connect to PC Remotely

If you’re a true computer geek then you have most likely remotely connected to your computer before. Remotely connecting to a computer is a very handy thing when it comes to fixing other people’s computer problems, or just accessing your computer for random things. There are several Android apps that help you remotely connect to a PC, and guess what? A few of those apps have already been tested on the Atheer One, and they work! This means you can use applications located on your computer from your Atheer One smart glasses if you really wanted to.

Connect Any Accessory

Atheer One uses your phone to run things, so anything you can connect to your phone over bluetooth or wireless will work with the Atheer One headset. Some of the things that you can use with the device includes keyboards, joysticks, and smart wristbands.

Final Thoughts

The Atheer One definitely has my attention. While I’m not too fond of the fact that it must be connected to a phone via a cable, the price point and the amount of features you get with this thing are amazing. I mean, these guys are bringing a lot to the table with the Android app support, augmented reality and the gestures.  It’s really going to be interesting to see what 3D apps developers come up with using the SDK/API. Also, both versions are supposed to launch this year with developer version coming out early this year, and then the consumer version coming out later this year.

What do you think of the Atheer One, is it something that you would be interested in getting or no? If you want to learn more about this device, or maybe even support the company, then check out the Indiegogo campaign page.

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Josh P

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I'm a tech enthusiast and master procrastinator that currently resides in Saint Louis. My days are usually spent reading and writing, but I do enjoy gaming occasionally as well.

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February 4, 2014