Bose's AR glasses to focus on audio, rather than visuals

Bose has reportedly developed a tiny “wafer-thin” acoustics package for the platform that “represents the future of mobile micro-sound and features ‘jaw-dropping power and clarity

John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose commented on the announcement by stating: "Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality- one that's made for anyone and every day, it places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the fantastic world around you- rather than a tiny display".

The Bose AR prototype goes a big step further with its functionality and will use visual information captured by the glasses and add contextually relevant audio information to its wearer.

The company is already working with ASICS Studio, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn and Yelp on collaborations that will provide content for the wearables, while MIT's Media Lab and the NYU Future Reality Lab are also playing around with prototypes.

Augmented reality has mostly always been thought of visual overlays wherein the virtual can be superimposed on the real with the help of AR headsets of glasses.

The company's first AR prototype is described as "glasses to hear".

According to Bose's blog post explaining the capabilities of the concept wearable, the company states that the sunglass makes use of the Bose AR platform which uses head movements, voice commands and taps on the wearable to execute various functions. A new technology developed for the glasses ensures that the audio is audible only to the listener wearing the glasses, and the acoustic packages fit inside the arms of the glasses.

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The glasses are backed by the Bose AR platform that comes with a singular goal of improving daily life by providing relevant information.

That being said, Bose's AR glasses aren't for sale to the public.

The glasses work in a way where it will recognize what you are looking at and use audio to augment it.

Developers interested in the Bose AR platform can sign-up for more information and the Bose AR SDK over on Bose's developer site.

"Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality- one that's made for anyone and every day", Bose Consumer Electronics Division Vice President John Gordon said in a statement. "It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the unbelievable world around you rather than a tiny display".

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