In recent weeks, we received numerous questions about SmartGoggles. Here is a brief summary.
What are SmartGoggles?
SmartGoggles are a new type of virtual reality goggles. SmartGoggles are to goggles what smart phones are to phones. By adding a CPU, an operating system and the ability to install applications, smart phones became much more than just phones. By adding a touch screen, smart phones made it easy to interact with these new features and applications. SmartGoggles follow the same route. By adding a powerful CPU, initially running Android, SmartGoggles can run numerous applications right on the goggles. By adding the unique ability to monitor hand movements, SmartGoggles add a powerful way to interface with the goggles. At the same time, SmartGoggles are still goggles: they have a 3D display, wide field of view, head tracker and more.
What version of Android are you running?
Natalia, the first SmartGoggles product, runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on a 1.2 GHz, dual-cord processor.
When can I buy one?
If you are a corporate or government customer, you can buy SmartGoggles now. If you are a gamer or consumer, you should know that Sensics – the SmartGoggles manufacturer – is working to partner with consumer electronics companies to bring a consumer version of the SmartGoggles to market. We hope to have those later this year.
I would like to develop SmartGoggles products. Where do I start?
If you are a manufacturer and are interested in developing SmartGoggles products or licensing some or all of the SmartGoggles technology, please contact Sensics.
Is Natalia battery operated?
Yes, Natalia can run off rechargeable batteries or off a standard 5V power supply. Depending on the application, the batteries typically hold 1.5 to 2 hours before recharge. There are two batteries inside Natalia and they are hot-swappable, meaning that you can replace one while the other one is used to power the device.
What is your screen resolution?
Natalia, the first SmartGoggle product, has dual 1280×1024 (SXGA) OLED displays. It can also run them in 1280×720 (720p) mode
Can the goggles display 3D?
Absolutely. By including two displays – one for each eye – you get the most natural 3D experience and avoid any crosstalk sometimes associated with 3D TVs.
Are SmartGoggles fully immersive or see-through?
SmartGoggles is a technology and an architecture. Various manufacturers can create different versions of SmartGoggles. The initial product, Natalia, is fully immersive. We expect see-through versions to come to market as well.
Can I use SmartGoggles with my phone or PC?
Yes. You can use SmartGoggles in three different modes:
- Standalone – with the application running on the SmartGoggles.
- Paired – application runs on a phone or tablet, and the SmartGoggles serve as both a display device as well as a user interface device.
- Classic – SmartGoggles connect to a PC and function just like classic goggles.