Our current civilization depends on information to survive and thrive. Although there is no escape from physical reality, much of this information is now stored and transmitted digitally. It's not just the usual forms like emails, messages, videos, and photos. Even locations and physical objects are sometimes accompanied by digital information that we cannot see with the naked eye alone.

AR or XR is one of those technologies that tries to connect the physical and digital worlds, but experiencing it in real life is not as magical as it sounds or looks. Headwear and glasses designed for XR use have yet to become practical in everyday use, the One-Week AR concept attempts to find a compromise between the form and function of smart glasses that don't make you look like a blogger. person.

Designer: Philipp Pisarevskiy

There have been various attempts to design AR glasses that ordinary people can wear, and Google Glass is probably the most popular. However, its popularity comes not only from the brand, but also from the way it fails. While the second generation of Glass is still around for some enterprise customers, the chance of success for the consumer version has now all but disappeared. Considering the rather bland design of the first Google Glass and its severely limited functionality, this was probably the best option.

Since then, there have been many attempts to come up with the perfect design for AR-powered smart glasses. Some look like overgrown shades, while others are more promising as traditional-looking glasses, albeit with thick frames and temples. The latter is still limited, however, as comfort and aesthetics can suffer as you try to cram more electronics into its body.

The One-Week AR glasses try to solve this problem by moving all the electronics, lenses and projectors to modules on either side of the glasses near the wearer's temples. Yes, they do look like big plastic clips that hang on the arms or temples of glasses, but their shape also follows the shape of regular glasses with thick frames. Despite its unconventional appearance, this design actually brings some advantages over designs such as Focals North, especially in terms of flexibility.

For one, you can have two monitors, one on each side, if you can sync the monitors to work together. Alternatively, you can separate the electronics on both sides, leaving the left or right side as the only projector and controller. The top edge of the module has a long strip that can be used for touch gestures such as taps, swipes, and even pinch. The modules could have a wireless charging coil so that the glasses themselves can be charged without a cable.

Although not explicitly stated in the design, it seems likely that the One-Week AR glasses will be modular, allowing you to mix and match parts and designs according to taste. It may require extensive use of wireless technology, or at least conduits inside the glasses frames, but it's certainly doable from a technical standpoint. Such a design could open up the smart glasses market to more people, especially those who see glasses as a functional tool and a fashion accessory.

Translated from yankodesign

Editor: Huang Fei

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