Microsoft’s HoloLens, a smart-glasses headset that in itself is a Windows 10 computer, is common knowledge and is expected to start shipping to developers in the first quarter of 2016. ASUS, on the other hand, is also planning to release their own set of augmented reality glasses the coming year.
“It should be next year when we come out with a product,” Jerry Shen, the CEO of the Taiwanese PC manufacturing company said during an earnings webcast, “We think AR (augmented reality) will be very important for people’s lives.” The company declined to discuss details.
It is still unclear if the Taiwanese company’s AR Glasses will have any ties with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but according to ASUS chairman Jonney Shih, the company had a talk with Microsoft about building AR glasses that would be cheaper than the HoloLens, the first developer edition of which would cost $3000.
Augmented reality glasses are not to be confused with Virtual Reality Headsets, such as Facebook-backed Oculus Rift. In simple terms, unlike virtual reality headsets, which take the user to a completely digital world, AR glasses inject Virtual Objects into Real World. For example, a movie can pop out in mid-air or you can video chat with your friends while being able to see everything around you by just wearing these glasses.
Shen believes that augmented reality devices will likely be more useful than virtual reality headsets in the future. “You can make a real setting meld together with yourself and the AR (augmented reality) portion,” he said. “Internally, we are talking about how to prepare.”
Additionally, Shen also mentioned that the company has plans to release a service robot in 2016.