Smart Glasses are the ideal devices to use the advantages of Augmented Reality, especially when that require hands free. In this case it will be necessary to have available a device that allows freedom of movement and access to collaboration tools, digital assets and work instructions, to be visualized in one’s field of vision.
Here are the five key factors to consider as you choose which Smart Glasses could be the best solution for implementing AR.
The first factor is the choice of a model with a monocular or binocular design, or SmartGlass that have a screen only for one eye or they have two screens, one for each eye.
You are oriented towards the monocular when you have a limited set of data that you want to display in your glasses and you need an economical and lightweight solution.
If, on the other hand, you need a 3D experience or a large viewing area, then a binocular device will be the best option.
The second factor, however, concerns the weight of the glasses. People tend to be very sensitive to the weight placed on the head and nose, so it’s no surprise to see many glasses designed with an architecture, which reduces the weight of the headset and to have a controller / battery compacto and simpler to handle, but often at the expense of a greater weight and / or a limited battery life. Other types of form instead of being mounted directly on the hardhats to ensure that they do not hinder the safety of the wearer, but also to help distribute the weight better.
The third factor, always linked to design, is the comfort of Smart Glasses.
If they are used for most of the working day, it is necessary that the devices fit well to any eyewear the user uses. They must also be comfortable for long periods of time and do not create blind spots, so that operators can move safely around their environment.
The fourth factor of choice is related to the type of battery required for your business.
The actual battery life is dictated by 2 variables: the capacity of the battery in the device and the application running on the device.
Larger devices will have larger batteries, but this has an additional cost. All smartglasses support external battery packs that can be plugged via a cable to extend battery life.
Some manufacturers provide a “hot swap” capability to help address this issue so that you can swap batteries with a low charge for fully-charged batteries while you are working. And of course, the way you use glasses will affect the speed of battery consumption.
Applications such as using the camera and streaming content via WiFi will affect consumption more. The use of work instructions and documentation through images will allow the battery of the same device to last longer.
Finally, the fifth factor is the most complex, we talk about the size and quality of the display.
In smart glasses, displays can be measured in different ways. To begin with, there is the size of the “virtual display”, which will be given with the number of inches at a certain distance. The detail offered by these displays is measured in the same way as a traditional display, with a designation such as WVGA (854 × 480) or 1080p.
Monocular devices tend to have smaller display that are more suitable for viewing visible contents for 2-3 key information. Binocular devices tend to have larger screens. They offer a more comfortable viewing experience to locate large amounts of information, such as images, videos, documents and more.
The most important analysis in the choice of smart glasses is the use case.
Since each model is more or less dedicated to some sectors rather than to others, and therefore more suitable to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the company.