Smart glasses as a replacement for smartphones: Page 2 of 2

March 23, 2016 // By Jessica Lipsky
Smart glasses as a replacement for smartphones
While still at the stage of prototypes and developer kits, the nascent market for virtual and augmented reality headsets will explode by 2018, according to a panel of proponents at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

also be solved. At that time, consumers “will be able to sort of replace smartphones with [smart] glasses."


In the meantime, AR and VR devices powered by smartphones, also known as head mounted displays (HMDs), share similar problems around mobility and power consumption.


“The target power we have to spend is maybe 15 W. That’s not a lot of power to spend on high performance graphics,” said Simon Solotko, chief mobile officer at Seebright. To circumvent power and mobility issues in head mounted displays like that of Seebright, Solotko suggested adding an extra GPU that could be worn on a user’s back.

Solotko is also banking on improvements beyond Moore’s Law to further CPUs and GPUs, which he expects will deliver desktop-like performance and overall improve the capabilities of HMDs. Memory bandwidth at high resolution will still be a challenge at these performance levels, but Solotko assured, “Everyone’s eyes are on this problem.”

The author, Jessica Lipsky ia an Associate Editor at EE Times.

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