Even though a lot of consumers have taken a liking to VR headsets, there is still plenty of room for future improvements. More specifically, the bulky aspect of VR headsets still remains a problem for a lot of consumers. Some industry experts may be on the brink of introducing VR smart glasses. That in itself would be a pretty interesting development, for many different reasons.
The Future of VR Smart Glasses
In a way, there is nothing preventing technology firms from cramming basic VR functionality into smart glasses. At the same time, the processing power required to provide an untethered experience cannot be made that small as of yet. That doesn’t prevent most VR experts from looking at this particular product model in the future, though. It is possible a mix of Google Glass and VR headset technology may be on the horizon.
With so many VR and AR headsets coming to market as of right now, it has become evident the industry is booming. Unfortunately, all of these units also share the same problem: the overall size of the headset is still identically the same. According to HTC’s Paul Brown, it is only a matter of time until the size of VR headsets slims down even further until sunglasses-sized units are produced.
How this will be achieved, is a different matter altogether, though. One solution is to use server-based graphics to interface between the glasses and the VR environment. Whether or not that is actually a viable solution, remains to be determined, though. The concept itself sounds pretty solid, but it will take years until any proper service can be created.
After all, latency-free video gaming is not even remotely possible with powerful machines, let alone ensuring a small-sized VR headset can provide a flawless experience with a server on the other end of the world. For now, all of this remains a utopian dream, but it seems most manufacturers are looking into this option as of right now. Whoever comes first to market will certainly gain a major competitive advantage.
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