John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose commented on the announcement by stating: "Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality- one that's made for anyone and every day, it places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the fantastic world around you- rather than a tiny display".
The first prototype glasses are Bluetooth compatible for calls or to integrate with Siri or Google Assistant. No integrated lens, no camera.
Bose says that the audio-based AR glasses can be used when travelling and visiting a historical landmark. Look up, you get the forecast, look down you get the street name. Dubbed Bose AR, the platform does not change what a user is looking at, but thanks does know what a user is looking at. The company is taking it one step further by developing an AR platform that will bring it to other wearables and it can seamlessly be built into headphones, eyewear, helmets and more, without compromising their existing functionality. With this audio AR technology, Bose is providing new layers of information and experiences.
John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose says "It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the awesome world around you-rather than a tiny display".
Bose is developing 'AR glasses to hear'
In a statement, John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose, explained that the company's new technology is aware of the way the wearer is facing and is capable of immediately connecting "that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more".
There is no word on consumer availability, and I assume this will be a while off while they flawless the hardware design and allow developers to provide software functionality.
So who knows, maybe popular brands will be able to implement this into their trendy sunglasses before we can book our 2019 holiday.
Bose is working with a variety of partners including Aaptiv, Strava, Walc, ASICS Studio, Anchor, TuneIn, RadioPublic, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Audioburst, and Method Exp for content for the Bose AR wearables.