Toshiba has announced new smartglasses based on Windows 10.
The company isn’t quite following in the footsteps of previous efforts to make smartglasses a thing; its dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses are aimed not at everyday consumers, but at enterprise customers, with the solution’s augmented reality technology offering users a kind of wearable PC.
The system packages together a two-ounce AR100 Head Mounted Display with an integrated touchpad, and a dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC tablet device. The latter is 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches and less than 11 ounces, and features a simple five-button interface. But it’s powered by Windows 10 Pro, and when not used in the field together with the headset it can be plugged into a PC display and used like a desktop. The solution also features an integrated fingerprint sensor to regulate access to the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses, in keeping with Toshiba’s earlier adoption of biometric security in consumer products.
In a statement announcing the new solution, Toshiba laid out a number of features of the solution including “Document Viewing, Live Video Calls, See-What-I-See, Photo/Video Capture, Alerts/Messaging, Workflow Instruction and Barcode Scanning capabilities”, all of which point to applications “including Maintenance, Remote Expert, Manufacturing, QA Inspection & Audit, Logistics, Training and Knowledge Transfer.”
The dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses package isn’t cheap, however: Toshiba has set an MSRP of $1,899.99. Enterprise administrators who see the advantages that this technology offers will be able to purchase the solution starting in Q2 of this year.