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January 16, 2014

SeeThru is a new augmented reality smart glass from Laster

SeeThru is a new augmented reality smart glass from Laster

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Laster Technologies, a French company that specializes in "mobile informative eyewear," is raising money via a Kickstarter campaign to roll-out its new SeeThru smart glasses. SeeThru differs from many other smart glasses by shunning a camera in a bid to protect the privacy of those around the user.

The company positions SeeThru as "wireless augmented reality eyewear." According to Laster, the device uses the processing power of the user’s smartphone, to which it connects via Bluetooth. Images and information are then relayed to SeeThru’s lens.

SeeThru can be used to take calls, listen to music and display e-mails, text messages, contact data and other text. In addition to this standard functionality, Laster is developing a number of apps for use in a variety of activities.

Satellite navigation and hands-free apps will be available and so too will apps for more specific uses. A sailing instrumentation app will allow users to track boat speed, wind speed and direction, a head-up display app for flying will allow pilots to monitor airplane instrumentation, and an app for para-gliders will display flight information such as air speed, ground speed and acceleration.

SeeThru's sailing instrumentation app

Laster claims that the SeeThru offers the best image quality on the market and a vision field that is 2-3x larger than that of Google Glass. Resolution is 800 x 600 pixels and the aspect ratio can be set to 4:3 or 16:9. As most of the processing power is done by the user’s phone, SeeThru will reportedly last for 6 to 8 hours on a single charge, plus production costs are minimized.

SeeThru features three gyroscope sensors, accelerometers and compasses, GPS tracking, head tracking and built-in audio.

Laster is not alone in the smart glass market, with releases or updates announced from a variety of companies in the last couple of weeks alone, including Epson, Vuzix and Pivothead. The company itself was established in 2005 and claims to have pioneered much of the glass technology used in similar devices.

You can find our more about SeeThru in the video below.

Sources: Laster, Kickstarter

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9 Comments

Sounds like see-through VR to me.

Still needs a camera though, there could be an app that "pixelates" other users whose device transmits a privacy code?

Something like the opposite effect to the increasing number of gadgets designed to like-minded people can link up at parties?

The Skud
16th January, 2014 @ 04:57 pm PST

Don't think this NEEDS a camera. Precise position sensors would be enough. I'd be much happier indeed if it had no camera.

People who believe everything they do or see is worth recording take themselves much too serious: A recorded view only makes sense if there will ever be someone to watch it. Wearing a camera turns an active individual into a mere spectator.

The AR features, though, add to the experience. Being a pilot, I could make good use of them, and I can imagine tons of other use cases worth evaluating.

martinkopplow
17th January, 2014 @ 04:28 am PST

Can these glasses be used with Apple IPad AIR tablet?

Thx, djdude1327

djdude1327
17th January, 2014 @ 08:42 am PST

For certain uses, specifically mechanical vr and object recognition, the camera would be a must. It's not about recording, it's about fully utilizing vr. It's about being able to highlight the part that you're wanting to replace or the car that you're approaching way too fast. I wouldn't mind a pair of these if they're cheap, but, ultimately, they'll be crippled vr at best.

Bryan Paschke
17th January, 2014 @ 08:51 am PST

Can you get them with prescription lenses?

jeffrey
17th January, 2014 @ 09:46 am PST

Like to use these for motorbike riding, to see car GPS when driving with top down, for boating, sailing alone

& for Night Combat Games & add IR to devices.

Must produce for normal vision & for prescription alone.

Be awesome to read Clive Cussler novel & glasses can pull up maps & tech of vehicles etc in novel while Im reading, Super awesome

Stephen N Russell
17th January, 2014 @ 02:37 pm PST

@Jeffrey yes you can wear the SeeThru with your prescription lenses or eyewear

Gerald Nacache
17th January, 2014 @ 03:08 pm PST

Oh dear. That first picture shows something which might not look stupid...but if you visit their kickstarter page, the actual product is even uglier than google's. What were they thinking?

dalroth5
17th January, 2014 @ 11:17 pm PST

totally needs a camera. i want to be able to look at people and it have them tell me their names. limit it to my personal database of contacts if you must, but i'm terrible with names. if it wants to give me an immersive world experience, then it needs to be able to see what I see regardless of privacy worries. It needs to know if i'm at the grocery store, and if i pick up something that has a bad reputation, or is known to source ingredients unethically, i want to be alerted, so i can make informed choices, without having to spend hours researching.

the point of an immersive life overlaying VR is to take the data that the world is increasingly making available, and sorting it out to deliver it when you need it, and when it actually applies.

Chizzy
18th January, 2014 @ 10:40 am PST
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