BMW has come up with an augmented reality glasses for the company’s subsidiary company, Mini. The research prototype has already finished and currently it enters testing period. The glasses will have an old-fashioned goggle design concept as designed by BMW with the help of AR-focused design firm Osterhout Design Company.
The device is powered by Qualcomm 805 Snapdragon processor and a 2GB RAM with two HD displays. The control functions are activated by buttons on top of the frames. The glasses will be able to show navigation details, speed and other information overlaid onto a heads-up display. On top of that users will be able to connect it to the smartphone via Mini’s app which then can be used to receive incoming calls by using controls on the steering wheels. Moreover, it is able to do texts.
The glasses are designed not only to be used mainly in the car, however, there is a feature to guide drivers from their parking spot to their destination and back again. According to Mashable, the glasses are able to recognize the address on the promotional flyer. On top of that there are additional cameras at the side of the car which will help drivers to check blind sports or aid them with parallel parking.
However, there are things that need to be improved as it is just a prototype. One thing is that when the prototype was used for 15 minutes and including a brief calibration process, the device becomes considerably hot.