Toshiba’s new smart glasses put a small display in the corner of your vision combined with a camera for remote assistance and other enterprise applications.
The roughly $1,900 headset is packaged with a PC to power it — so if you’re walking around with the Vuzix-powered “dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses” you’ll have to either hold a Windows computer in your hand (where there are navigation buttons you can use) or clip it to your clothing. The glasses also have navigation buttons.
The system is intended for video conferencing, point of view video capture with the embedded camera, or situations where time can be saved by showing the wearer a set of instructions hands-free on the small opaque display in the corner of their vision. The system is Windows-based and includes an optional fingerprint sensor, so it may meet the security requirements in place at some businesses.
I tried the glasses briefly at Toshiba’s offices and it is easy to position the display at different angles. In the office setting where I tried it, though, it was hard to see how much value businesses will get out of such a product when it is more expensive than Google Glass, with a less immersive display and, as a package with a separate PC, is way bulkier. Perhaps wearing it out in a warehouse or industrial facility with software built for a specific job would make its usefulness clear. And there of course many businesses that are heavily invested in Windows software and systems, so it might also fit better into some workflows than something like Google Glass. In fact, that handheld PC can double as a desktop PC — so it can be docked at a desk and used with an external display, keyboard and mouse just like any other computer.
Here are the official specifications:
- 0.26” Diagonal
- Display Resolution: 640×360
- Content Resolution: 1280×720
- 5 megapixel
- Focus Range: 10cm to infinity
- Auto Focus
- Video Capture:-Up to 1080p @30fps
- Flash LED
- Built-in speaker
- Dual Microphones
- 47g / 1.65 oz
- 3 Control Buttons
- Proximity Sensor
- Ambient Light Sensor (ALS)
- USB Type-C