A new brand of high-tech eyewear has made an entrance into the growing market of augmented reality-enhanced glasses. Vergence Labs, a technology company, has announced that its engineers have created a prototype augmented reality glasses system that incorporates cloud technology. Like similar products coming from other companies, these glasses are meant to enhance the wearer’s vision and provide them with information they might find helpful. Unlike other products, however, these glasses are also equipped with facial recognition technology, which could be very useful in terms of social networking.
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The glasses are built to interface with a cloud database. This database contains information from Facebook and Google+ as well as facial recognition software. When a wearer looks at one of their friends, they will be able to see that person’s most recent status update on both social networking sites displayed as a digital pop-up. The virtual displays are not meant to obstruct a person’s natural field of view and can be adjusted to suit the needs of the wearer.
Vergence Labs believes that augmented reality has world changing potential. The prototype currently functions only as a social media device, but the possibilities are endless. The glasses could be used to provide wearers with directions to local shops or highlight potential hazards in their environment. The company also plans to create a full-fledged gaming feature that will allow wearers of the glasses to play new augmented reality games that will be coming to the commercial market in the future.