Toshiba has unveiled the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses, a wearable Augmented Reality (AR) solution that uses a Windows 10 Pro PC and industrial-grade smart glasses.
The enterprise solution packages together Toshiba's new dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display (HMD) - developed in a partnership with Vuzix - with its dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC. It provides Document Viewing, Live Video Calls, See-What-I-See, Photo/Video Capture, Alerts/Messaging, Workflow Instruction and Barcode Scanning capabilities. Available in the second quarter with a starting MSRP of $1,899.99, the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses is offered in various configurations with processor, memory and storage options as well as developer's kits for different industrial applications.
Weighing in at less than two ounces, the wearable Toshiba AR100 Head Mounted Display is used with either the left or right eye based on user preference. It features an integrated micro display that provides a viewing experience equivalent to a 4.1-inch display seen at 14 inches. The HMD has an integrated touchpad, GPS, three-axis accelerometer with a gyroscope for head tracking, 5MP POV camera, speaker and dual noise-canceling microphones.
Toshiba offers a variety of mounting options, including Lens-less Frame, Safety Frame, Safety Helmet Mounts and Headband.
Measuring 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches thin and weighing less than 11 ounces, Toshiba's wearable dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC features a five-button, on-device navigation system to enable up/down, left/right toggles as well as an enter button. By combining that with the swipe and tap functionality afforded by the integrated touch pad on the dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display, users can navigate, find, open and operate applications without needing a traditional keyboard and mouse. Toshiba also included a finger print sensor for quick and secure access to the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses. To support around the clock operations, Toshiba engineered the dynaEdge DE-100 with a removable battery and offers an optional external battery charger that charges four batteries simultaneously.
As Toshiba's first enterprise-grade mobile wearable AR solution running Windows 10 Pro, the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses integrates into an organization's existing infrastructure and IT security.
Toshiba's dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses solutions adopts 6th Generation Intel Core M Processors, Intel HD Graphics and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The solution also includes a protective ballistic nylon holster for the dynaEdge mobile mini PC, which offers comfort for hours of fatigue-free use in the field, and a rugged storage case to protect the entire system when not in use. When not in the field, users can disconnect the smart glasses and use the dynaEdge PC as a traditional Windows 10 Pro desktop by connecting it to a traditional PC display.
To complete the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses solution, Toshiba will offer two software options - Toshiba Vision DE Suite and Atheer AiR Enterprise. Toshiba Vision DE Suite is the software engine designed to realize the essential functionality of Toshiba's AR solution. For fast and easy navigation, device functions are grouped into three color-coded menu categories: Communications, File Viewer and Tools. From these three menus users can take photos, record and stream live video, save and retrieve documents, access diagrams, receive text messages and communicate through live video calls. In addition to a full suite of on-device services, the software offers IT manager and organizations with advanced synchronization and centralized device management capabilities.
Developed by Atheer, Inc., the Atheer AiR Enterprise software is an enterprise-class Augmented Reality application bringing remote subject matter calling, access to contextual documentation and resources, checklists and step by step task flows (with touchless, gesture-based interaction), and barcode scanning to Toshiba's dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses.
The dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses and a line of accessories will be available in the second quarter of 2018.