21CRYPTOS spoke to Aiwallet.global’s Ignisis al-Shams to find out more about their latest wearable tech – AI Glass.
Ignisis, can you give us an overview of AI Glass?
AI Glass is the latest addition to the Aiwallet.Global ecosystem, which already includes: Aitoken and Aiwallet. Like other types of smart glasses, AI Glass has a simple task of displaying basic head-up information. Firstly, it allows users to check notifications when doing other things without having to watch their phone or smartwatch as people often do. More interestingly, when you are talking to someone in real life, the glass can show basic information about that person, such as a birthday. In addition, the motion sensors of the glasses are aware of what the user is doing, for example, when you are working in the kitchen AI Glass can display recipes or ingredients to buy. The product is great for those who ride bicycles, or watch movies too.
This product looks completely like a normal pair of fashionable glasses, but inside it is equipped with a variety of sensors including gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer, along with other technologies to help measure distance, monitor footsteps, uptime and calories consumed during movement. Users can check their data easily through an application installed on their smartphone and, more amazingly, every time they pass a training challenge, they can achieve rewards as a glass or a free eye exam.
Currently, AI Glass is still in the testing process and is expected to be officially launched later in 2019.
So, what about the technical specifications? How does AI Glass differ from popular smartphones?
Basically, AI Glass has the same configuration as a new smartphone. The only difference is its convenience as users don’t have to hold it in their hands – instead they wear them on their faces. Glass has Android operating system, with CPU: OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core and 1 GB RAM, with storage capacity up to 16GB. In addition, it has a 640×360 pixel prismatic screen combined with a 5MP camera, 720p movie recording – which is no less than a bulky smartphone. However, one special element of the glass is its sound system with bone-sounding technology. The advantage of this technology is that it does not affect listening to other external sounds. It can connect to WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as Micro USB. The battery life is about a day with normal usage frequency.
One drawback of AI Glass is that it does not support SIM phones. However, you can set up the glasses to connect to smartphones via Bluetooth. Then the glasses will be able to call, text, send and receive emails and use the 3G and the GPS of the linked smartphone. Surprisingly, the linked phone can run Android or iOS, although for iOS, the two messaging features and directions are currently not supported. In time, the development team will support additional messaging (SMS) and navigation (GPS) features without the need for smartphones.
Like Google, AI Glass can receive voice commands, although this is currently only supported in English. However, this is the main way to communicate with the glasses. You can take photos, record videos, share on social networks, search, translate, navigate, call, text, email, etc. The AI Glass also automatically displays information about schedules, flights, locations, stock prices, sports results, weather at the time it judges you need this information.
In addition, there are touch panels on the frame (TouchPad) that allows AI Glass wearers to control the glass manually. Above the right ear, there is also a camera control button which users can press to take photos or hold to record movies. Because the glasses are equipped with sensors, you can use head movements (like nodding, shaking) to control the glasses. The smart glass can detect when you remove the glasses or put them on to automatically switch on and off. After a while of not using it, the glass will also automatically “sleep” to save battery power, so you can wake it up by raising your head. You can also nod up and down to scroll through the list of commands on the screen. Included in the trace source code is the ability to wink to take pictures. However, Google has not activated this function (possibly due to concerns about privacy infringement).
What are the outstanding features of AI Glass?
Imagine you and your family traveling to an interesting place abroad. AI Glass helps you find flight information, and remind you not to miss the plane. Upon arrival, you can ask the glasses to help you find a good hotel. AI Glass will also show you how to say “sorry”, “thank you” and “hello” in the local language to thank the taxi driver and service staff. After that, the glasses will introduce you to a good restaurant for you and your family to have dinner. The glasses will also let you know if there are some friends who are also traveling here. You can immediately call a person to ask for a visit and a bar appointment. At the local bar, the glasses could even spot a celebrity, and show you the latest status on their Facebook fanpage. The Glasses could guide your family to a famous monument for some sightseeing. Along the way, the glasses also help you translate some signs in the local language. Upon arrival, the glasses can quickly recognized the relic, and display relevant information such as years of construction, etc. You can subtly take photos or make a video of you playing with your children and upload it to Facebook with a humorous comment that you thought of. When buying some souvenirs, you can even ask the glasses to check the local currency exchange rates so you can see the true cost of what you are buying.
Recognizing faces and identifying objects will become much more convenient when wearing glasses than using smartphone cameras. If the glasses identify people or objects in front of them, it is possible to add relevant information and images to make you feel more ‘in-the-know’. Imagine you look around the room, and the glasses show you the facebook status page above each person! Or you look at the Eiffel Tower, and the glass shows images from different angles and additional information about the tower.
Familiar applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, health apps (tracking jogging, cycling) will quickly be available on AI Glass. Applications such as body language recognition, facial expressions to assess intent, emotions, and attitudes will also become more convenient and interesting on AI Glass. With the feature of direct movie shooting from the perspective of the glass’s wearer, shooting realistic scenes (styled reality TV) will be far easier than we’re used to currently. Even if you want to film yourself cooking a dish and then upload the process to YouTube, everything will be far far easier than with just a smartphone.
Currently on the market, there are many types of smart glasses with convenient features mentioned above. So, what makes AI Glass different?
In addition to the aforementioned features, AI glass has unique features such as iris security and QR code scanning, so that payment can take place at a glance, along with a combination of public developments. Virtual reality (VR) technology, super 4.0 application will also be plus points for AI Glass set against competitors including Google Glass or Intel’s Vaunt Smart Glasses.
Is the visual design of the AI Glass more complicated than regular glasses?
Absolutely not. AI Glass is designed to be quite sophisticated, firm and light. Users will have 5 colors to choose from, and we affirm that the glasses will fit every adult’s face. AI Glass comes with 2 frames- one white and one color option. You can attach glasses frames, or wear them without. Currently, AI Glass does not yet support the installation of prescription lenses (near, far, perturbed, etc.). If you have nearsightedness, you can wear AI Glass out of your glasses, or use contact lenses. Our development team is still working hard to support the fitting of regular glasses into AI Glass.
How does AI Glass benefit businesses?
One of the first companies to use Glass in business operations was GE Aviation to provide diagrams, instructions, videos, animations and images to engineers when they worked, helping them in the process of maintaining engines. Kothari said that by using glass, the efficiency of engineers at GE increased by about 8-12% and reduced the number of errors when performing complex tasks. In particular, employees who work in areas such as manufacturing, transportation, construction and medicine will be comfortable when wearing a device that enables them to access information while their hands are doing other things. That is why we have spent many years working with numerous experts to create a glass that supports every field of business as well a AI Glass does.
What do you think about the potential of smart glasses in general and AI Glass in particular in the future?
Since Google launched Google Glass, the technology world has been set ablaze by new Smart Glasses technology. Similar with other wearable devices like smartwatches, health watch bracelets etc, smart glasses promise to be the future of technology devices, beyond smartphones or tablets. However, the smart glass market is not just for big names like Google. A series of start-ups have also introduced similar products like Google Glass in the past. There are products that have even been commercialized, sold to users such as GlassUp, Lumus DK40, ORA-S AR or Epson Moverio BT-200. However, with the breakthrough and compact design, I firmly believe that AI Glass will soon become one of the most popular smart glasses. We believe that the potential for developing glasses for applications in the office environment is huge. Of course, this is an early phase of AI Glass but it is clear that we are already ahead of previous failed attempts by competitors just due to our greater product aesthetics. Hopefully AI Glass will soon be commercialized with a more compact and more affordable form than we have seen in the market before.
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