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Google Glass gives wearers access to notifications, the ability to take pictures of what they see, and other bite-size nuggets of general tech geekery, but the device relies on tactile swipes and voice commands to manage it all. Atheer One, a pair of smart glasses that were recently funded on Indiegogo, promises users the ability to interact with its virtual UI elements using just their hands.

Don't expect an experience even remotely comparable to that displayed in the video above, though. Atheer One will overlay a 26-inch Android tablet UI 50 centimeters from your face, which you can interact with in mid-air as you would a regular tablet (assuming you owned a flying tablet). The default lenses are transparent, with the tablet UI floating on top of the world around you. Yet if you would rather space out entirely, the developers plan to offer opaque lenses that would allow you to focus entirely on the application at hand.

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This all sounds cool (more in a neato than a practical sense), but if you're interested in getting a pair to avoid the geek factor that comes with walking around in a pair of Glass, think again. Atheer One plugs into your phone's micro USB port. With a cord that long hanging from them, you won't be able to so much as point at eyeglass croakies without acknowledging that the wearer is more fashionable than you are. Though, when paired with a Bluetooth controller, the glasses could at least still allow for a great deal of fun in the privacy of your own bedroom.

There are ten days left to contribute to this project. Atheer Labs has currently raised more than the $100,000 it asked for, but you can still get your hands on a pair for $450 or a developer kit for $850. At that price, you could get both for the cost of a single pair of Glass, assuming you're willing to gamble on an unfinished product (not that Google's glasses are, well, consumer-ready yet themselves). Kits are scheduled to go out in June, while the glasses are promised to follow six months later.

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If Atheer Labs can deliver on its promise, soon Tom Cruise won't be the only one flicking away virtual screens filled with information he no longer has any use for. That's a big "if," though. Where's a precog when you need one?

Atheer One: What it feels like to have superpowers!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • solbin

    Now I will have an excuse for swatting imaginary flies.

  • Ror
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  • http://www.MoazBambi.com/ Mars

    Why the hell everyone is now working on Medical Education?

    STOP!! I want that field! lol

    Here's my take on Medical Education:
    https://SoulAnatomy.wix.com/Soul

  • Paul

    It's funny. Minority Reports wasn't even that good of a movie, it was ok, but what we all took away from it was that awesome interface. I wonder how much time/thought went into those scenes. Who knew it would define the movie, keep it in our memories years after it shouldn't have been.

    • Matthew Fry

      I think I read somewhere that they employed multiple futurists specifically to design all the technology. Futurists are kind of a funny idea. The very act of making those kinds of predictions, what the future will look like, you bias the makers of technology in that direction, especially in something as easily digestible as an action movie. The crazy thing is that they were probably way too conservative for what 2054 would look like.

  • ProductFRED

    I'm watching this in my office with no sound. I love the part with the video chat, because to me it went like this:

    "Hey Ian, it's nice to see y...."

    "NOPE, FUCK THAT. TIME TO LOOK AT SOME GOLF CLUBS."

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      That's exactly what happened. Pretty doctor waiting acoustic guitar music plays throughout the whole video.

  • John McNichol

    Choosing an indoor setting to showcase these was a poor decision. They are shades. I know it is a tiny detail but having them as shades makes them very impersonal. I would consider it rude to be talking to someone indoors who wears shades unless they are willing to remove them, of course if the setting calls for it e.g. a sunny day outdoors that is completely different, but wearing them indoor looks odd. Then it shows a whole family wearing shades indoors that is is supposed to promote the product?

    Looking at the non-shade version looks like a huge black band across your forehead, again not a good look tbh.

  • Casin

    Get ready for 10 minute battery life.

  • Matthew Fry

    What a ridiculous promotional video that has exactly 0 correlation with what the device actually does. Shared AR objects, obstruction detection, extremely amazing gesture detection, showing you a picture of a protein bar that's already right in front of you? I'm curious to know what the other two people in the video conference see since he has no video camera. This is a waste of your money. Prepare for extremely basic and ill connected software, poor battery life, jumpy animations, etc.

    • Marcos Amano

      Yeah, it has nothing to do with the device itself. It's a nice video though, reminds me of "A Day Made of Glass" from Corning Inc.

    • andy_o

      Indiegogo lets them do that, and much more (there's a free energy device funded there and who knows what other bullshit scams). Never funding anything on IG.

    • Theo Goguely

      Hi Matthew, while the promotional video is a rendering of what will be possible (not necessarily what is available today), all of the interaction, immersive displays, gesture detection, AR object recognition, and indoor mapping is available today and has been prototyped and tested in our labs on our glasses. We are creating a platform on and for which others (application developers) will be able to design the beautiful apps that we are depicting in the video.
      With regards to system performance, our first glasses are using a top-of-the-line SnapDragon processor and running gesture detection algorithms that were specifically designed for mobile platforms in order to have very low latency, high accuracy, and low CPU usage for longer battery life, so we aren't cutting any corners there!

      • Matthew Fry

        What about the shared AR objects animating and moving on the fly on multiple displays? What about drawing behind obstructions? The chopping gesture to cut a shared AR object in real time? What about the glasses dimming themselves at the end of the video?

  • gheedsgreed

    This makes Google Glass look normal and achieveable