Smartphone addiction is growing at an alarming rate, as men, women, and children spend their days glued to their blue screens and social media accounts.
But tech giants are in full swing, eagerly at work to assure consumers are even more plugged in, as they compete to develop smart glasses and headsets to save us the hassle of pulling our cell phones out of our pockets to satisfy digital addiction.
“There’s a race to be the first to make a set of glasses that everyone will wear, which means they have to be fashionable and sleek enough to wear all day and everywhere you go. Advocates of the technology hope that you’ll one day be able to replace every screen in your life with just one pair of smart glasses,” CNBC reports.
Science irrefutably proves the overuse of technology has an adverse effect on mental and physical health, causing anxiety, vision problems, hearing loss, narcissism, depression, and instant gratification.
Despite the widely reported detrimental effects of too much screen time, the future waits for no one and here’s what it is projected to look like.
Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Snap, Facebook, Apple, and Magic Leap are competing to design a device that will pave the way to Silicon Valley amassing even more power of the global market and transform our day to day interactions.
“There’s a race to be the first to make a set of glasses that everyone will wear, which means they have to be fashionable and sleek enough to wear all day and everywhere you go,” CNBC continues. “Advocates of the technology hope that you’ll one day be able to replace every screen in your life with just one pair of smart glasses.
“If glasses replace common gadgets like our phones or computer screens, it will mean big business to the company that comes out on top.”
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset, which is currently on the market and sold for $3,500 is being tested by the Army. It reportedly simulates combat and allows troops to evaluate how well they performed during battle. It also allows computer programs to display over your vision, providing users the ability to use the headset instead of the computers to work.
Google Glass is rolling out a 3D augmented reality in May that will overlay information, including walking directions.
Apple is gearing up to launch its first headset model, known as N301 for now, in 2022. The glasses will reportedly contain a library of apps, serving as an extension of IPhones and Ipads. However, Apple’s smart glasses will be smaller than those created by the tech company’s competitors to entice users to wear them “all day instead of around the house,” The Information reports. The glasses will also feature a series of cameras mounted on the exterior, allowing the user to first capture reality and then mix virtual elements into it.
Facebook is also developing an augmented reality head device which is designing to replace smartphones. The social media network is reportedly teaming up with Ray-Ban’s parent company Luxottica and is slated to unveil the virtual reality glasses between 2023 and 2025, according to people familiar.
“The glasses would allow users to take calls, show information to users in a small display and live-stream their vantage point to their social media friends and followers,” CNBC reports. “Facebook is also developing an artificial intelligence voice assistant that would serve as a user input for the glasses.”
Snap’s Spectacles 3 glasses are hitting the market this week for an affordable $380. Spectacles 3 glasses allow users to capture video and pictures, add filters and augmented reality effects to the content using the Snapchat app. According to The Information, Snap is building a “fourth-generation version of its Spectacles camera glasses, code-named Hermosa, with smart lenses capable of showing AR effects.”
Social media users are not enthused about the tech industry’s effort to create computers we wear on our faces, a sign the future may not be bright after all.
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