In the internet age, people have become inseparable with their smartphones and technology. The ways of interacting with digital technology that exist today were the stuff of fiction just a decade ago. We have touchscreens, motion-capture cameras and intelligent voice processing systems. But the search is still on to find the best way of interacting with your digital life. And that is, without making any effort whatsoever. A project called Atheer One claims that its glasses-mounted interactive HUD system has the potential to be the best of all.
Google’s Glass project showed us a future where information could be relayed directly to our eyes and the user could perform hand gestures to interact with that information. But even though 2013 is ending, we still can’t see any mass adoption of Google Glass. The prime reason being its prohibitively expensive price of $1500 and the time Google is taking to perfect its product.
Atheer One on the other hand, will be less than $800 while apparently providing a better experience than Google Glass. Unlike Google Glass though, the Atheer One isn’t an independent unit. It connects to your Android smartphone via a microUSB cable. Atheer claim that this was done due to weight-saving reasons. The most important detail of the Atheer One is the fact that the lenses on the glass provide a 65-degree field of view. Google Glass in comparison, gives a staggeringly-low 12-degrees field of view. That’s a huge factor when it comes to how natural these devices feel to our vision.
The Atheer One will be able project games, video content and important information directly to our eyes. From thereon, the user can interact with the information by making hand gestures or head movements. Atheer One isn’t just vaporware either. The engineers behind the project showcased it at AllThingsD’s D11 event back in May of this year. So there isn’t much doubt concerning whether the team really can pull of this project or not.
We’re really excited to see how the finished Atheer One product will perform. The relatively-low price point and competitive experiences certainly make this a gadget to look forward to in 2014. Before that though, the project still needs some funds to go to completion. The team have taken to Indiegogo to crowd fund it. And they’re giving some pretty enticing bonuses to those of us who pre-order it early. If you really have faith in this project, and you can live with the fact that this device will be connected to your Android phone with a wire, the Indiegogo campaign is giving it at an early bird price of just $400.
Developers interested in tinkering with the device’s functionality can order the Atheer One developer kit complete with SDK and a testing platform for $850. The Atheer One will ship to customers by late 2014. Whereas the developer kit will begin shipping in June 2014. We have no doubt that the funding campaign for the Atheero One will be a success since people are going for wearables these days. The thing that’ll determine it’s future is how early it can hit the market. Competing head to head to Google Glass? Not a chance. Specially with the coffers of cash Google sits on.