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Bose surprises with audio-focused AR smart glasses

Bose Audio AR prototype sunglasses. (Source: Bose)
Bose Audio AR prototype sunglasses. (Source: Bose)
Bose has launched a new type of AR technology that it is calling Audio AR. The prototype sunglasses on show at SXSW use an audio layer to supplement a user's interaction with their surrounds to provide more information and context.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Bose has announced a new type of wearable that it is calling an audio augmented reality platform. The Bose AR prototype on display at SXSW is embedded in a pair of sunglasses that doesn’t change what you see, but is aware of what you are looking at. Instead of a small visual display, like a guided audio tour, users are presented with an audible layer of information and experiences to enhance awareness of a listener’s surroundings.

The Bose AR prototype uses Bluetooth to pair with either Siri or Google Assistant and use a proprietary Bose technology to keep audio private (probably using some type of bone induction method). According to Bose, the sound the device delivers is comparable to its headphones. The wearable also tracks head motion and uses the GPS signal of a paired smartphone for location awareness. The Bose AR app aggregates the combined data to supply real-time content to the user without the need to interact with their smartphone.

Bose also used the launch to introduce the accompanying SDK for developers interested in tapping into its new audio AR platform. It says it is already working with ASICS Studio, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn and Yelp, which is indicative of the types of applications that will benefit from the new technology. To help spur new app development, it is also investing up to US $50 million in start-ups focused on developing for the platform.


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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-11 (Update: 2018-03-11)