The South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung has been working with the concept of AR glasses for years and had brought out an extremely basic set of image-projecting goggles on the CES 2020 (the annual tech trade show) stage.
But nothing has suggested that the company might like to build an actually ambitious augmented reality (AR) wearable computing device, until now.
Two new concept videos that show off some of the fun things a pair of “Samsung Glasses Lite” could do has been leaked recently. The cool goggles have features like projecting a giant virtual screen where you can play your games, letting you enjoy in your private movie theater, give you a giant virtual computer monitor, and start up an auto-dimming “sunglasses mode.”
The second video shows off the very similar “Samsung AR Glasses” concept, though this time it’s letting the user “see” 3D digital objects appear in the real world.
What’s most interesting is how Samsung imagines that customers will be using smartwatches to navigate the interfaces. And that might be more realistic, than trying to tap on things that don’t actually exist or make midair gestures with your hands, in the short term. Moreover, smartwatch control is a pattern that other companies working on AR headsets are no doubt considering. America’s Apple has both a smartwatch and an AR headset in development, of course, and the Facebook hardware division that’s building AR glasses is reportedly now working on a smartwatch, too.
Speaking of Samsung and smartwatches, more sources are now saying Samsung may go back to Android for its next smartwatch, instead of its own Tizen platform it’s used for watches for years now.