Based on a nanocomputer, the quant glass or quantglass is a device anyone can wear like glasses. The quant glass replaces both the smartphone, and the computer with its keyboard. It offers augmented reality vision, with a keyboard, an internet screen, global positioning features, Wi-Fi, blue tooth, and phone capabilities. Quant is related to molecular electronics and quantic physics as most fundamental processes in molecular electronics originate in the quantum realm.
There are 4 major competitors publicly known that race to be the first to produce large scale quant glass:
- The US Army, through programs developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA.
- Apple which has presented a prototype last year, the nanocomputer iLens
- Google with an open program, the Google glass project.
- Microsoft, the last one to join the race, with its glass prototype based on the concept of Augmented Reality.
Instead of oversized virtual reality helmets, digital images are projected onto tiny-full-color displays, that are very near the eye. These novel contact lenses allow users to focus simultaneously on objects that are close up and far away. This could improve ability to use tiny portable displays while still interacting with the surrounding environment. It is developed as part of DARPA’s Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras (SCENICC) program. DARPA is the acronym for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency which aims to “create and prevent strategic surprise“. Researchers are located at Washington-based Innovega iOptiks branch.
SCENICC’s objective is to eliminate the ISR capability gap that exists at the individual soldier level. The program seeks to develop novel computational imaging capabilities and explore joint design of hardware and software that give warfighters access to systems that greatly enhance their awareness, security and survivability. Let’s remind that the companies Apple and Microsoft are competing to put on the market their own nanocomputer lenses very soon.
Apple Nanocomputer iLens
The company Apple has released an experimental device called nanocomputer iLens that aims to facilitate and improve vision of the human being. This Bionic contact lens has photographic memory, binoculars, night vision and augmented reality with a heads up display. Running with the basic functions of a computer, this is why Apple research team called it a nanocomputer, there is still a lot to develop. A visionary momentum that has been the landmark ofSteve Jobs, just deceased.
Google Glass Project
The company Google has delivered the first Google glass to people who wants to try and give suggestions to improve the device. The features of the glass are impressive and located in the right earpiece attached to the frame: a nanocomputer with memory and a processor, a camera, speaker and microphone, Bluetooth and Wi-fi antennas, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and a battery. All inside the earpiece. Of course the final objective is that eventually, Glass will have a cellular radio, with online capabilities; hooked up wirelessly with your phone for an online connection.
Microsoft Augmented Reality Glass
Microsoft and the University of Washington are in the final stages of development for a new augmented reality project that may change the way people see the world. Early last year, the duo announced that they were working on an augmented reality contact lens. The lens could be used to enhance human vision like normal contact lenses, but it could also augment a person’s vision with digital information. Microsoft claims that the project will show just how practical augmented reality really is.
Augmented reality is commonly used in the marketing and gaming fields. The technology has, thus far, been considered little more than a novelty. Most mobile devices equipped with AR browsers are used to find directions to certain locations or to find deals at local retail stores. Microsoft says that their AR lens will be much more practical, as it will give wearers tools that are not found in mobile devices.The lens is equipped with facial recognition technology, which allows users to find information on a specific person, such as name and age. The lens will also be able to interface with Windows platforms and other mobile devices, allowing users to access information stored in computers in, literally, the blink of an eye.
The project is in its final stages. The lens has been tested on rabbits and is expected to move to human testing within the next few months.
In October 2012 DoCoMo NTT is the fifth world company to present a device that is attachable to glasses, still in development, called AR Walker. AR is forAugmented Reality technology, a system which also provides navigational services and other location-based information.
The AR Walker, which customers tried at the Ceatec tech show in Japan, will come with capabilities of detecting the direction and a Global Positioning System connected to a smartphone. The AR Walker has presented a guided tour of the City of Kyoto in Japan. Weather forecasts appear if the users tilt their heads toward the sky.
A second Japanese company,Brother, demonstrated in June 2012 a device called AirScouter, technically very similar but oriented toward the business and industrial world at this moment. It is hooked up via a USB connection to the video source, which could be a laptop or tablet that provides both video and power to the headset. There are also controls for brightness and source.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsdImcPj5SM&feature=player_detailpage Device demonstration
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oAOtuRQmJI Device demonstration
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I0hF0cbw8E&feature=fvwrel Device demonstration