TTP unveils augmented reality glasses

Never mind Project Glass, take a look at these...

September 12, 2012
Project Glass

Forget Project Glass. What’s Project Glass, you ask? Well, if you don’t follow the tech news too closely, you might have missed the appearance of Google’s augmented reality specs earlier this year (they’re pictured above).

Basically, these are Google’s attempt at interactive eyewear, with a HUD display in the corner that can, for example, display directions around a city – or you can use them to snap a photo.

However, Google isn’t the only firm working on specs which can project information in front of your very eyes – no sooner was Project Glass announced than a number of firms became interested in doing a similar thing.

One of which is TTP (The Technology Partnership). The Cambridge-based company’s effort uses a tiny projector in the arm of the glasses, rather than Google’s small panel display off to the bottom corner.

TTP’s projector beams a picture which is reflected into the centre of the lenses, which boast a reflective pattern that directs the image straight into the user’s eyes, according to a report in the Guardian.

In other words, TTP’s specs are more effective in a way, because they will overlay information on the scene you’re looking at. Whereas with Project Glass, you have to look away to the bottom corner to see the display – so you can’t be looking ahead while you do so.

It does mean, however, that TTP’s glasses are potentially more intrusive, as you won’t be able to ignore the display.

Currently, the TTP specs are a proof of concept, but the company is talking to at least one big Silicon Valley player about future plans and licensing the tech out, apparently.

Dr Allan Carmichael, business development manager at TTP, commented: “We would talk to all the big players. We would tell them that we have a solution, and we would aim to persuade them that this can be used in practice.”

Roger Clarke, TTP’s project manager for AR technologies, added: “Sports and leisure use are obvious applications. For sports, you could show information like your heart or breathing rate; a simple display with relevant information is where this technology is headed. Then after that is proven you can move on to larger displays with more tailoring and information.”


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