Bose's AR platform starts by focusing on sound, not visuals

Bose introduces audio augmented reality platform and unveils the future of mobile sound in eyewear prototype

Bose introduces audio augmented reality platform and unveils the future of mobile sound in eyewear prototype

While Bose could have done the same with a pair of headphones, it certainly made a decision to shake things up a little and open the platform up to all kinds of wearables.

Unlike other augmented reality products and platforms, Bose AR doesn't change what you see, but knows what you're looking at- without an integrated lens or phone camera, the company said. The product utilizes visual information captured by the glasses and provides relevant audio information to the person wearing it. This could mean playing a historical figure's most famous speech while you're looking at a monument, an audio-tour type explanation of a painting, or translating a sign that's in another language while you're traveling.

Bose AR is debuting with a miniscule, wafer-thin acoustics package developed specifically for the platform, that is a testament to the future of mobile micro-sound with power and clarity that will impress anyone. Think of sunglasses that work like Bose headphones and that's what Bose AR is all about.

The shades and AR platform are created to be virtually touch free, with voice commands or simple head movements controlling the majority of the features, according to Bose.

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"It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the incredible world around you rather than a tiny display", Bose's John Gordon said at the product unveiling. It knows which way you're facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more.

That being said, Bose's AR glasses aren't for sale to the public. "And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines". The miniature acoustic package is embedded in each arm which will keep the audio private. "Bose will be building Bose AR into upcoming audio products and a number of partners will soon publicly announce their intent to begin working on the Bose AR platform as well". - Picture courtesy of BoseNEW YORK, March 12 - Augmented reality glasses suggest a future of notifications, weather reports and text messages, all projected in front of you like a watermark covering on the pavement.

While you won't see anything with Bose AR built in appear for a while, it's an interesting take on the idea of augmented reality being primarily visual - it builds on Sony's smart Xperia Ear Duo earpiece, which can read out responses and useful information right into your ear.

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