by Rasmus Wærling Riiser,
Social Media, Cadpeople

The last weeks have brought A LOT of exciting new developments in the world of VR and AR. Here’s the breakdown:

Bose rethinks augmented reality

Normally, we think of AR as a technology that adds a visual layer to the real world. With Bose AR, the audio company challenges that notion.

Bose has entered the AR game with wearable augmented reality glasses. But, unlike other AR glasses like the Google Glass or Snap Inc.’s Spectacles, Bose’s AR glasses add an audible layer to the real world. They call it “the world’s first audio augmented reality platform”.

So, what could this platform be used for? Bose has a few ideas. A Bose AR device could give audible directions, translate text in strange languages, or give you a weather report when you look out the window. Pretty exciting stuff!

Google and LG tease high resolution OLED display for VR headsets

There are indications that Google and LG have collaborated on what will be the world’s highest-resolution OLED display for VR headsets. The two companies will talk in detail about that high-resolution OLED at this year’s SID Display Week in May.

Here’s what we know already. The display will reportedly run at 120 Hz and boast a resolution of around 18 megapixels and 1443 ppi with a size of around 4.3 inches. This is equivalent to a resolution of around 5500×3000. If this is true, it will be a huge leap forward compared to today’s highest resolution displays of 1440×1600 (HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey).

Packing this many pixels into a single HMD is not without performance challenges. At current rendering configurations, data rates for such a display could range between 50-100 Gb/s. For this reason, Google is believed to be actively researching foveated rendering as a way to make the data rates for such a display manageable.

Amazon launches AR product viewer for Android as well

Last November, Amazon made AR product previews possible through their iOS app. Now, the feature has been made available on Android as well.

Amazon is an online retailing giant, so this is a pretty exciting development for consumer access to AR experiences. Watch the promotional video here: