Microsoft HoloLens is just around the corner! Well, sort of, in the form of third-party products promoting more or less the same functions and features, but in VR instead.
But if you’re still not convinced to purchase the soon-to-be affordable versions of
the HoloLens mixed reality headsets, there might be a decent alternative. Enter Aryzon, a product that is perhaps well considered as the Google Cardboard for augmented reality.
Cheap AR is Great AR, Probably.
One of augmented reality’s weirdest issues is that immersion is always a problem when using smartphones. Sure, your phone is essentially a window and gateway to viewing that Pokemon that you need to catch. But it never felt immersive, at least not in the sense of what augmented reality was really about.
Aryzon attempts to fix this by bringing back the best positive points Google Glass had and incorporating it into a cheap platform. That is, it is built essentially like Google Cardboard, but is instead made for AR and not VR. You build it out of pre-arranged parts, run some dedicated AR apps, slap it on your smartphone, and presto! AR experience on demand, for just as little as $30!
As explained by the intro video, the technology for displaying 3D images into your viewable scope is nothing too astonishing or surprising today. What matters is its application. As gimmicky as AR can get when it comes to usable apps, being able to do so with just about a tenth of the standard price makes it a considerable purchase option. Even better if it proves to be highly useful in some technical aspects, such as virtualization, or alternative entertainment.
AR ‘Support’ Considerations
Then again, even with the cheapest price point ever for an AR headset, one would still consider if it really is something they would really want. After all, it is kind of limited to smartphones (of certain sizes), does not have the comfy form factor Google Daydream now has, and it won’t be standalone (surprise!). You’d also have to consider which apps it could use, which, as we have pondered earlier, would determine if it could be useful in a more technical manner.
Nevertheless, if you’re interested in getting one, you might want to back it up as a Kickstarter project. For starters, pledging $32 already provides the solo kit, but you can bump it up if you need like, an entire classroom’s worth of units to use. According to the development team’s project timeline, the first shipments of the commercial product should be available sometime during September this year. So it’s still a definite wait.