The Rise of Smartglasses with Augmented Reality Lenses

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, augmented reality (AR) smartglasses represent a significant leap forward, merging the digital and physical worlds in ways previously confined to science fiction. With the advent of multimodal artificial intelligence (AI), these devices are not just a fleeting trend but a transformative tool poised to redefine our daily lives.

This article explores why smartglasses with AR lenses, bolstered by multimodal AI, are heralding a new era of technological integration.

My conviction that smart glasses are the optimal form-factor for human-machine interaction was reignited with Google’s teaser of Project Astra.

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How Intent-Driven Wearables Are Changing the Future of Computing

Imagine a world where you don’t need to tap, swipe, or type on a screen to get things done. A world where you can simply speak, gesture, or think your intentions and have them fulfilled by a smart device that understands you. A world where you can seamlessly switch between different modes of interaction, depending on your context, preference, and mood.

Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, not anymore.

Welcome to the era of intent-driven computing action; where smartphones are giving way to new form factors like wearables and light head-mounted devices that offer a more natural, immersive, and personalized experience.

In this article, we’ll explore how the paradigm shift from smartphones to new form factors is happening right now, and what it means for you. We look at some of the latest buzz around the rabbit r1 with rabbit os, the Humane AI Pin, and Apple Vision Pro, three innovative and disruptive products in this space. We will also discuss how these technologies represent a move away from app-driven operating systems to intent-driven devices, and how this shift is reflected in the public’s growing interest in wearables and head-mounted devices. Finally, we conclude with a strong argument that the combination of smart glasses could be the ultimate mix with the best of both worlds.

Rabbit r1: a carrot for the intent-driven os

The rabbit r1 companion with rabbit os is a handheld device that has a push-to-talk button to tell the Large Action Model (LAM) what you want it to do. You can ask it to play music, take photos, send messages, book flights, order food, and so much more. The rabbit r1 runs on rabbit os, an intent-driven operating system that learns from your behavior and preferences to anticipate your needs and offer personalized suggestions. Rabbit os is compatible with multiple different platforms thanks to a virtualized backend, so you can seamlessly interact with any of them without losing context or continuity.

Humane AI Pin: your wearable assistent

The Humane AI Pin is a wearable device that looks like a small badge that you can clip on your clothing. It is a smart assistant that can help you with many things you need. It uses natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) to understand your voice commands and queries. You can use it to access information, entertainment, productivity, health, and wellness services. The Humane AI pin is designed to respect your privacy, so it only listens when you tap it.

Apple Vision Pro: Spatial Computing era

Apple Vision Pro is a head-mounted device that looks like a pair of sleek glasses that you can wear anywhere. It is actually a revolutionary device that can transform your vision and perception of reality. It uses advanced optics, sensors, cameras, and processors to create stunning visual effects and experiences. You can use it to access virtual reality (VR) content that transports you to another world or dimension. You can also use it to access mixed reality (MR) content that blends digital elements with your physical environment. You can interact with it using voice, touchpad, or hand gestures. Apple Vision Pro runs on Apple visionOS an app-driven operating system that offers a rich ecosystem of apps and services for various purposes and domains.

These three products are examples of how the paradigm shift from smartphones to new form factors is happening right now. The rabbit r1 and Humane AI Pin are also examples of how the paradigm shift from app-driven operating systems to intent-driven ones is on its way. App-driven operating systems like Android and iOS are based on the idea that you have to launch an app or service to perform a task or access content. Intent-driven operating systems are based on the idea that you can simply express your intention or goal and have it automatically fulfilled by AI.

So in closing, the future of computing looks like a huge increase of AI-powered intent-driven operating systems in smaller wearables.

Will it ultimately replace your smartphone?
Most likely, just not in the next two years.

But in 2030? Who knows. Or better put: whose nose

Generative AI paves the way forward of mainstream metaverses

All big tech companies except Apple are laying off 10.000s of staff; most pivot away from VR/AR developments to Generative AI (GenAI) like ChatGPT. However, GenAI is a key ingredient for mainstream metaverses, which I expect to be built on augmented — rather than virtual — reality.

Key points in this post

  • Big tech companies shifting focus from VR/AR projects to generative AI
  • Generative AI is actually a key ingredient for (m)any mainstream metaverse
  • These metaverses are expected to be visually mainly built on AR tech
  • The (r)evolution towards GenAI is driven by the industry’s need to create new experiences for the “Next Big Thing” as new cash cow or power house
  • Tech companies changing direction should not be seen as a setback for the metaverse but as a sign of the industry’s evolution towards AR in combination with generative AI and the potential for new and exciting possibilities
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Metaverses: AI & AR

How wondrous is the metaverse, a realm of endless possibility
A place where you can shape and share your own reality
Perhaps you have already glimpsed some of its wonders
Powerful tools that let you interact and immerse yourself in others
You may have met AI, the mind that’ll guide the metaverse

Ever curious about the secrets of AI in the metaverse?
Artificial Intelligence is the skill of machines to learn and think
Some examples of AI in the metaverse are chatbots, avatars and agents
They can help, amuse but also trick you with their intelligence
Reality has changed forever, because of AI

The Triple Paradigm Metashift

Three megatrends are imminent. Each trend triggers a next paradigm metashift: a fundamental change of how we think about the metaverse and see our world. Literally.

Megatrends leading to Triple Paradigm Metashift

  • The first megatrend is the relocation of key functions in all-in-one mobile phones to mobile hubs with a wide range of wearable companions:
    • Wireless earplugs replaced your phone’s mic and speakers (speech)
    • Smartwatches take over phone controls (touch and gestures)
    • Smart (AR) eyewear might soon substitute your phone’s screen (sight)
  • This current megatrend, Modular Mobility, enables us to superimpose anything digital into our real-world easily with small-factor AR overlays
  • The rapid growth of Augmented Reality in the real-world instead of VR in simulated worlds, leads to the second megatrend: Reverse Virtuality
  • Reverse Virtuality (RV) is the new mindset that the metaverse is not about merely an online 3D world for VR gear but about the real-world application of truly Mixed Reality for our AR-first physical world.
  • These megatrends bring both big benefits and challenges that phase us to the third megatrend, ultimately leading to Societal Metamorphosis
    • First phase: Digital Disorder, bad actors abusing disruptive meta-tech
    • Next phase: Digital Renaissance, tech-for-good tackling global crises
    • Final phase: Digital Singularity, irrevocable transformation of society
  • The good news? A Digital Singularity would be so much better for human civilization than a Technological Singularity. The bad? It’ll be tough first.

Our world is on the brink of another technological revolution.

As we stand atop the steep slope of the S-Curve Pattern of Innovation, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds. Following the (mobile) internet revolution with the rise of the web and smartphones, it’s difficult to predict what lies ahead.

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The Metashift Quadrant: a model for potential impact of the metaverse

The Metashift Quadrant is a simple model to analyze the potential impact of one or multiple paradigm shift(s) caused by metaverse developments and its underpinning technologies like AI and XR. The four quadrants represent different types of impact.

Key points in this primer ‘metarticle’

  • The four quadrants of the Metashift Quadrant
    • Disruption: disrupting existing systems, structures and/or processes
    • Innovation: driving (AI-generated) inventions by human’s creativity
    • Synergy: creating connections across (completely) different domains
    • Transformation: transform the way people think and behave
  • On the x-axis the development stage ranges from early to late adoption
  • On the y-axis the anticipated time and longevity for the shift to manifest

Keep reading to see the visualization of the Metashift Quadrant and a pretty mind-blowing kicker at the end.

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Must-see metaverse video: it’s not a tech wave but social tsunami

The Economist just published a 20-minute must see metaverse video: “How will businesses use the metaverse?” The film shows how creative industries like Hollywood and game studios are using metaverse technologies such as AI and Digital Twin next to AR/VR. If this sounds like a tech wave, wait till you see the social tsunami.

My key insights from this video

  • Leading industries like cinema, the army and healthcare are fully using “meta-tech” so the turning point for massive adoption is around the corner.
  • Global issues like climate change are faced with AI and Digital Twins as “the operating system of the metaverse” but there is still a big problem:
  • Lack of standards. We need protocols and structures to easily navigate from one (3D) world to another like we do with websites already.

Metaverse video

How will businesses use the metaverse?

There are multi-trillion dollar opportunities.