Microsoft has revealed a pair of prototype AR glasses, that looks a lot like an everyday pair of specs.
With the Redmond's AR ambitions currently being powered by a bulky headset, the reveal of these smartglasses (image below) in a research paper indicates it has been exploring different ways to propel the HoloLens platform forward.
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"There's still a lot of work to be done," Microsoft researchers Andrew Maimone, Andreas Georgiou, and Joel Kollin wrote in a paper describing the glasses.
"We show various capabilities of near-eye holographic displays (wide field of view, compact form factors, multi-focus, etc.) but we have not yet achieved all these capabilities in a single device," the researchers wrote.
One of those missing features, for example, is the ability to track the movement of a person's head.
And though Microsoft is already building upon its current AR platform, it's also worth noting how a different design from a big player could eventually help people to shake off the bad image of Google Glass.
We should reiterate that these Microsoft specs have only been revealed in research paper so it's not clear how close we are to actually getting to try them on. After all, we're still waiting for HoloLens to be ready for the masses as well.
The researchers behind the AR smartglasses will talk further about their work at the Siggraph Conference in Los Angeles in August, so stay tuned for more on Microsoft's other AR plans.
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