Sales of smart glasses and head-mounted displays
have so far been modest, but promising use cases in professional markets as well as in niche consumer markets will enable it to become a sizeable connected wearable device category in the next five years.
Immersive head-mounted displays
(HMDs) are primarily used to experience augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR).
A popular app dedicated to rendering and self-expression is called Tilt Brush by Google, which is currently available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift head-mounted displays
. Tilt Brush enables rendering in three dimensions.
The Orlando, Florida-based global software firm, also known as BISim, will be developing both augmented reality head-mounted displays
and virtual reality part-task trainers, or VR-PTTs, said John Burwell, vice president of business development.
Tobii AB (STO:TOBII), a provider of eye tracking technology, on Thursday announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc (Nasdaq:QCOM) to make eye tracking technology available for mobile VR/AR head-mounted displays
(HMDs), powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform.
Visual Camp's core technology is eye-tracking software that can be installed on VR/AR head-mounted displays
(HMDs), enabling the provision of a user interface and services significantly differentiated from those of existing HMDs.
It can be used with various VR head-mounted displays
(HMD) including HP's custom integration for the HTC Vive Business Edition headset.
At Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference last week, the company announced that developer kits for its Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays
(HMDs) are available for pre-order, and those will ship this summer.
IDC also sees Sony, Microsoft and Vive as the top three desktop VR platforms in China, while screen-less head-mounted displays
can be expected to make up 62.9% of all VR shipments in China in 2017.
PC maker Acer, has announced that it will offer virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays
(HMDs) capable of mixed reality through the Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017.