The leaked concept video with two Samsung AR devices has come to light. Although they are just concepts and products that do not work as such, it is clear that the Korean tech giant is preparing to compete with companies like Facebook and Apple as they get closer and closer to launching AR headsets for consumers.
Known leak ‘WalkingCat‘released two videos showing a couple of separate device concepts. WalkingCat was also involved in leaking photos of the Oculus Quest 2 ahead of its launch, and Lenovo’s latest ThinkReality AR glasses for business before they were announced at CES this year.
This first device appears to be smart glasses for casual media consumption, dubbed ‘Samsung Glasses Lite’. The video (seen below) shows what we would expect from a pair of smart glasses with 3DOF tracking – that is, the ability to view traditional flatsceen media through a virtual monitor.
However, an interesting idea outside the norm is their ability to use active shading, so not only can you compensate for high ambient lighting, but you can also take advantage of that feature to wear them as ‘dumb’ sunglasses. That may mean the company wants to make the devices for all-day wear.
The second device devises a much more immersive set of functions. Simply called ‘Samsung AR Glasses’, it appears to launch the 6DOF tracking headset for work applications such as 3D product design and in-person collaborative ‘holographic calls’.
It’s important to note that these devices, as we see them in the videos, are most likely just ideas on paper at this point.
The ‘Samsung AR Glasses’ do not appear to include any form of optical tracking, and the glasses themselves appear to be simple plastic frames with no discernible display, be it a waveguide or bird fountain (waveguides can be seen on the Lite Glasses, but that’s not the case) saying a lot). Despite the thick plastic frames, both are also considerably small.
If Samsung’s AR glasses existed as we see them in the video above, it would spell a truly magical leap in mobile processing. Being able to pack all the necessary computing power, batteries, and display technology into such a small package is a dream, but currently not a reality.
So while we may not see these kinds of devices from Samsung for a while, it’s an interesting look at the state of the industry. Both Facebook and Apple are silent on their respective AR products, but hopefully Samsung knows more about what its competitors are doing than the general public. The division between smart glasses as a ‘Lite’ option and AR glasses as a workforce multiplier is an interesting option that may be Big Tech’s first tactic in consumer AR; that is, offering lower-priced smart glasses with tight software integration and higher-priced AR lenses for businesses and prosumers.