Will AR Devices Be Able to Replace Phones?

On Spatial Perspectives, host Dan Cui will have a one-on-one dialog with innovators and thought leaders in the growing Spatial Reality, or Spatial Computing, market. Cui will invite guests who can discuss the real world use cases of the technology and how it could benefit mankind while exploring any drawbacks and how they might be mitigated.


Augmented reality (AR) is buzzing, with more demand and opportunities, accelerated partly by a closed world. While smart glasses aren’t new, adoption has been low, due more to the fact they just weren’t wearable. On today’s episode, host Dan Cui welcomed former colleague and friend, Paul Travers, a veteran in the space and CEO and Founder of Vuzix.

Cui took viewers way back to the beginnings of virtual reality (VR) with one of Traver’s first innovations, the first consumer VR headset comparing it to what available now. He said, “It got much smaller over time. The technology had a long way to go, and use cases have exploded for VR.”

The company’s next-generation smart glass has all the features and functions of any AR product. What makes it unique is its wearability.

Travers noted, “They are AR devices that allow you to work in the real world and access information you’d need from a tablet, but it’s all hands-free.”

They also use Waveguide optics and work like a phone and computer. The company picked up three CES (Consumer Electronics Show) awards this year for the product.

The glasses are filling the gap at a time when being there in person isn’t possible. “They work as remote support for the medical field, technicians, and others. It’s really the future of computing,” Travers added.

On the consumer side, Travers sees the glasses as possible a movement toward keeping “phones in your pocket.” With plug and play apps, users can look at a restaurant through the glasses and see their Yelp reviews. They can record a baseball game while actually watching it. Travers also shared the Smart Swim application that automates workouts, measures activity, and more.

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