If you were to think about the impacts that technology has had in the world of medicine then you would be able to name all of the high-tech machines, the extensive testing which goes on, even the robot arms which help surgeons do their job!
What you don’t think about, however, are items like your glasses. After all, the technology for glasses has been around for decades. And while this is true, it doesn’t mean that the industry stopped innovating.
If you have ever seen kids playing, or perhaps you played it yourself, Pokemon Go, then you have seen AUgmented Reality. The idea behind this concept is to overlay computer-generated graphics over the real world you are seeing. In the instances of Pokemon Go, users could see each Pokemon walk around and interact with the real world.
However, this technology goes well beyond just gaming.
Imagine that you have just taken advantage of the Groupon Coupons for Best of Orlando and you are wandering around the great city checking out all the historical sights. With Augmented Reality, you could simply slip on a small pair of glasses and have information overlayed on what you are seeing. For example, if you are looking at a historic building, your glasses could show you a picture of the building in its prime, and then it overlay it on top of the actual building you are looking at.
All of this is done in real time and with minimal input from the earlier.
If you have or use a Snapchat account then may have heard about Snapchat Spectacles. On the surface, these devices look like regular fashionable sunglasses. However, if you look closely, you will see a small camera affixed to one of the lenses. WHen activated, this camera records small video clips when you can then choose to either upload to Snapchat or download the video on your mobile device.
While they may not seem all that exciting, it’s the technology underneath powering it which holds the true value. Where you may be used to recording a video in either portrait or landscape mode, Snapchat Spectacles record a full circle. This means that, while you are wanting a video in portrait mode, you can instantly turn your device to the side and the video plays in native landscape, allowing you to see more of the video than you could in portrait mode.
When working on a factory floor, there are a number of instructions which need to be followed, along with a number of other requirements each user has to follow when performing their task.
Usually, this job requires factory workers to stop what they are doing to check instructions or to find further information about a process, slowing down the entire process. However, with smart glasses, factory workers can now receive instructional videos and information right in front of their eyes, while they are working, without ever having to take their mind or focus off the job.
While we may be a far way away from being overtaken by robots with fancy spectacles, it’s worth noting that the technology for such things is on the horizon!