VR and AR is still the talk of town … and I think it’ll continue for the rest of the year. Yawn!
Virtual reality has arrived. With high-end gear like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and PS VR (and mobile-friendly models like the Gear VR and Google’s DayDream) on the market for well over a year now, it’s safe to say that VR is here to stay. The state of augmented reality, however, is far murkier. While much has been said about products like Microsoft’s Hololens and the mysterious Magic Leap, consumer-friendly AR still seems decades away. But a recent demo from a Bay Area startup has given me hope that the future of AR could actually be a lot closer than we thought.
The startup is Avegant, a company you might already know. A few years ago, it created the Glyph, a personal entertainment center that looks (and acts) like a pair of headphones. At the same time as it was making Glyph, however, the swirl and excitement around VR and AR was in the air, and it was hard to ignore. “Everything was moving forward to more wearable computing devices,” said Edward Tang, Avegant’s CTO. “So we looked into it.”