Apple, Facebook and Microsoft – Google’s plan is not ready yet – all working with portable devices with augmented reality. Samsung’s work on AR may have leaked today, but there are many unknowns about “Glasses Lite.”
WalkingCat, a Twitter account with a well-known history of leaking Microsoft and Samsung products, released two videos over the weekend. Given the source’s record – mostly recently unveiled Galaxy Tab S7 Lite and Galaxy Chromebook 2, this is most likely a real Samsung video. The important caveat, however, is that this can only be an internal concept instead of an actual upcoming product. WalkingCat is not sure of itself and tweeted with an “R&D Vision Concept?”
The first video starts with a title card that says “Samsung Glasses Lite” and is very much the style of the company’s product videos. We get a good overview of glasses that are much thicker than normal eye pain, but immediately known. The last image in this sequence is of lenses that clearly have a transparent screen built into them.
We then see the actual product being worn and used, with a simulation of what the person sees through Glasses Lite. The first use case is to play a car game on what appears to be a Samsung phone anchored to a controller accessory.
It also shows an example of “Integrated control” where a Galaxy Watch is used to switch from games to watch “Video”. It starts seamlessly on Glasses Lite, with Samsung calling this “Portable Media.” The person then switches to “Dex Display” and responds to an email with a physical keyboard, while a floating desktop appears in front of them. A “Video call” scenario is also displayed.
This person then goes outside and activates “Sunglasses Mode” to hide the AR screens and hue. While open, this model continues to control a drone as part of a “New Dimension Display” feature with HUD aircraft.
It is not clear which display technology Samsung uses, but there are realistic details here – such as how the AR screen is almost a square and that the upper edge of the lenses are black to hide technical components – which increases the likelihood that this is a more developed product and not just a concept.
The second video is from Samsung’s “Next Wearable Computing” vision. The conceptual nature of this is very clear and includes:
- AR Office: Complete with a projected keyboard that only the user can see and use to type on. They can zoom in, with an unlimited field of view, unlike the first video.
- Holo Call: With virtual guests throughout the body
- AR simulation: immersion in space scale
This video ends on “Samsung AR Glasses.”
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