Remember Google Glass? Well, it is probably hard to come across someone wearing them just out and about. That is because the consumer Google Class devices were discontinued in 2015. Soon after that Microsoft released their version, the HoloLens.
Google Glass was a pioneer in augmented reality devices. It uses a tiny projector that beams out computer-generated images into the user’s field of view. The images appear like they are ‘floating’ in the real world in front of the user. The principal is more or less the same with the HoloLens.
Google’s attempt to market this product to the general consumer failed mainly because it was expensive. Additionally, it came with a built-in camera, which raised a lot of privacy and security concerns. That led to poor traction of the device, forcing Google to discontinue further productions in 2015.
Though the company kept tabs on its application to the enterprise users, Microsoft for one targetted the enterprise market from the launch of their HoloLens. It supplies the devices to businesses and even military; the U.S. military uses the HoloLens. The most affordable HoloLens starts at $3,500.
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