Today, Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses powered by Windows 10 Pro PC targeting industrial customers is announced. While this is clearly a first step for Toshiba, it’s an intriguing one. The dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses can be worn over an existing pair of glasses as it weighs just three ounces. It has an integrated micro-display that provides a viewing experience as if you’re looking at a 4.1 inch display screen from 14 inches away. The headset also features GPS, a head tracking accelerometer, a 5 MP POV camera, and a tiny touchpad. For voice communication it also packs in dual noise cancelling microphones and an ear speaker.
With this launch Toshiba is stepping into the world of wearable Augmented Reality (AR). Although the Head Mounted Display looks more like a goofy sci-fi prop at first glance, it is actually a wearable Augmented Reality smart glass that can be used for Document Viewing, Live Video Calls, Photo/Video Capture, See-What-I-See, Alerts/Messaging, Barcode Scanning capabilities and Workflow Instruction. It is also ideal for a variety of uses cases including Maintenance, Remote Expert, Manufacturing, QA Inspection & Audit, Logistics, Training and Knowledge Transfer. The DynaEdge AR Smart Glasses is a unique mobile solution that empowers industrial workers by providing the security and flexibility they need to be productive whether they’re in the office or out on a job site.
The Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses package includes the new dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display (HMD) and the dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC.
dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC
The dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC weight under 11 ounces and appears as a slab with a size measurement of 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 inch. It powered by 6thGeneration Intel Core M Processorsan SSD for up to 512 GB of storage, up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi+ Bluetooth, 3G/LTE (optional), microSD slot, USB 3.0, USB Type-C (Gen 1, Display out) and headphone / microphone combo just like a regular notebook, only instead of a keyboard and display there’s a set of chunky navigation buttons. It features a five-button, on-device navigation system to enable up/down, left/right toggles as well as an enter button for easy navigation. The company said “By combining that with the swipe and tap functionality afforded by the integrated touch pad on the dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display, users can easily navigate, find, open and operate applications seamlessly without needing a traditional keyboard and mouse,” said the company.
It also has a finger print sensor for quick and secure access to the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses. It comes with a removable battery that offers an optional external battery charger that charges four batteries simultaneously
dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display
The Toshiba AR100 Head Mounted Display is developed in a partnership with Vuzix Corporation. It comes with a 5 MP front-facing camera with 640 x 360 resolution, eyepiece, dual microphones, a speaker, and a variety of sensors. It weighs 50 grams and can be used with either the right or left eye based on your preference. It has an integrated micro display that provides a viewing experience as if you’re looking at a 4.1 inch display screen from 14 inches away. The headset also features GPS, a head tracking accelerometer, a 5 MP POV camera, and a tiny touchpad. For voice communication it also packs in dual noise cancelling microphones and an ear speaker.
To make it more suitable for variety of industrial needs, Toshiba is offering this HMD with a variety of mounting options such as Lens-less Frame, Safety Frame, Safety Helmet Mounts and Headband.
Peter Han, Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft said:
“We are thrilled that Toshiba is building innovative intelligent edge solutions that take advantage of the power and security of Windows 10 Pro.”
The Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses is starting at $1,899.99 (Rs. 1,23,510 approx.) and will be available in Q2 2018. It comes in various configurations with processor, memory and storage options as well as developer’s kits for different industrial applications. The headset isn’t something that’s meant for consumers, but it’s a glimpse at how wearable computing could change the lives of professional users.
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