Augmented reality for the ears: Bose develop sound-based glasses
When someone talks about "augmented reality", it's typically within the realm of visual applications - like how that new IKEA sofa might look in your lounge. Now, audio company Bose are designing augmented reality for the ears.
Bose's new glasses are part of a $50 million development of a complete audio-reality platform. Instead of superimposing visual images, the AR glasses add a layer of audible information to the user's world. John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose, believes the experience will make "every day better, easier, more meaningful, and more productive".
Bose suggest that this technology could live-translate a sign you're reading. Or provide a weather forecast when you look up. Or explain the story behind a painting you've just seen. They believe that the advantage of sound over visuals is its intuitive, emotional communication - no more reliance on "tiny screens" that obstruct our vision. Given the rise of smart speakers and voice interfaces in our homes, Bose could be right.