Bose is blurring the lines between sound and vision augmented reality. But… audio AR?
Bose is known for their quality audio equipment products. Now, they’re getting into the augmented reality industry.
At South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Bose introduced their AR glasses prototype. They also instantiated a $50 million fund to finance the product’s endeavors by using startups to work on the technologies. That means startups can get a lot cash if they focus on Bose’s AR initiative.
The company not only wants to make glasses, but they’re hoping to add headphones, eyewear, helmets, and other wearables to the lineup.
Here’s a little description their audio-focused AR approach, from Bose exec John Gordon.
Bose states that the first prototype their AR glasses are compatible with Bluetooth. They also integrate with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. An exclusive technology specifically designed for these glasses allow only the listener to hear the audio. These pieces technology will have the ability to be controlled with head gestures, voice commands, and simple touch gestures.
The glasses integrate with an iOS or Android application to use your location and track motion. This allows the glasses to best suit the environment around you. Bose is working with ASICS Studio, Strava, TripAdvisor, TuneIn, and Yelp to enhance the features and functionality the product.
Furthermore, MIT’s Media Lab and NYU Future Reality Lab are working on their own prototypes.
Alongside launching the product, Bose has setup a fund with a hefty $50 million to fund the AR glasses and aforementioned headphones, eyewear, helmets, and more. Companies that are interested in working with Bose on this new technology will be financed through the $50 million fund. New audio technology, an SDK, and updated glasses will be unveiled later in the summer.
Bose continues to invest in companies, including those that aren’t directly related to its wearable technologies. In fact, they have already invested in Embr Labs, Qleek, and Vesper.