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The whitepaper "HMDs & Data Glasses - Applications and Systems" shows usage contexts, products and announcements from this fast-moving market.
In March 2012 the Handelsblatt headline named the year 2012 as "The Year of Data Glasses". In fact, it was remarkable that several large companies - including Google, Olympus and Canon - announced plans for infotainment and augmented reality implementation based on data glasses. Apple also received a patent for video glasses technology. It is interesting to see what follows the big announcements: For example, augmented reality is a highly interesting technology that could benefit from this trend. Some of the solutions available today have reached a level of maturity that allows immediate use in the field. Nevertheless, there are a number of unresolved challenges.
The market for head mounted displays (HMDs) is on the move. Nearly 20 manufacturers want to bring new systems on the market in the foreseeable future, which are likely to be both priced and technically very interesting: prototypes of these HMDs already show the integration of a whole range of sensors such as tracking, cameras and imaging depth cameras.
The whitepaper created by the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC, 2016) Fellbach shows the basic use of HMDs and data glasses. At the same time, the VDC provides an overview of current products and product announcements. Therefore available specifications have been compared.