It seems people think they need to conceal the fact that they are wearing AR glasses in order for them to catch on. I think the opposite is true, people need only to look cool wearing them and not exclude other people in the fun when using them. An AR/VR headset is the most social platform I can think of. Before it gets to be widely used it needs to entice people to wear it as a form of communication with others, even those not involved in the actual full mirror world experience.
Some may not agree with this, but I don’t think walking, driving, or any other activity where you are moving at an involved pace is a viable use case for AR. It’s dangerous to have invisible objects demanding focus on the go. Simply take it off when you are moving around and let it hang from your neck like a surfer in the 80s. Save some battery life.
Immersive headsets are only really good for focused activity; games, conversations/meetings, events, working on a project. Ideally, I think you should be seated, standing, or moving around within a reasonable amount of space between you and others. You could, maybe, walk around at a parade or event where what’s happening in the mirror world is ignorable for a quick second. Wearing them wherever you go is not a good idea.
With that said, I think I would prefer to see a slim VR headset that uses cameras to imitate AR and a screen on the front that can communicate info to people that don’t have headsets standing around me. A VR/AR headset is the only way to get the full mirror world experience. I also don’t see socially acceptable mass adoption without involving others in the experience.
What to include in a good AR/VR headset.
- Reflective or display lenses to hide the inner facing holograms or non-transparent screen and components, like cameras.
- Thick sides to hold batteries etc.
- Thick rims, but possible behind reflective lenses, which cover their bulk.
- Arms which extend past ears or possibly all the way around the head.
- A more squared off top and flat front or face may be better than rounded in order to hold more components and account for cameras.
- An oversized frame for more components.
- Leather or rubber sides to block out light.
- Perhaps unique bulk in the arms to hold batteries, etc.
- In the future, they may become more “sleek.”
Feel free to share the images, just be sure to credit http://sugar.vision