Newcomer from Japan: mirama Smart Glasses with Gesture Control

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Not at last when it comes to the productive use of Augmented Reality (AR) smart glasses in business environments, interaction is a critical component. Thus, a common approach is gesture recognition. Until today, no standard solution has been established and because of that, the game is still running and open for everyone, not only for the known big players. This is why we have decided to shed some light on a relatively unknown newcomer that wants to get in the act: The Japanese company Brilliantservice.

Their smart glass solution is called “mirama” and combines Augmented Reality with gesture control. The head-mounted display (HMD) allows you to control a see-through real-time interface by performing gestures in front of your eyes. It supports a variety of actions, e.g.: Thumbs up for ok, framing a view with your fingers to take a picture, and thumbs down for cancel.

Woman wearing mirama Prototype.

Woman wearing mirama Prototype. Image courtesy of Brilliantservice.

Currently, there are two versions in development, which come with the following features as well as technical specifications and are based on the same platform – mirama Prototype. It is primarily used for development of the mirama operating system (OS). Mirama prototype encourages the development of apps to further improve the gesture control and AR experience of the HMD series’ devices. The main goal of mirama Prototype is to provide a rich experience by improving the mirama OS for its augmented reality and gesture recognition features.

1. mirama Prototype 4:

Photo of mirama Prototype 4.

Photo of mirama Prototype 4. Image courtesy of Brilliantservice.

The mirama Prototype 4 (PT4) is the latest iteration in a series of prototypes and is now available for sale on the official website. The device features a new software and a separate, new computing unit. However, the display unit is the same as in Prototype 3.

The tech specs:

  • Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.3GHz (turbo boost up to 1.8GHz)
  • Battery capacity of 2600mAh (lasts up to 1.5 hours of continuous usage)
  • Vuzix STAR1200XLD optical see-through display model
  • PMDtec Camboard PicoS TOF camera
    Logitech C920 RGB camera
  • Arch Linux
  • Wayland-based compositor and display server
  • Mozilla Rust API

Because the computing unit is separate from the glasses mirama Prototype 4 comes with a pocket computer with pre-installed mirama OS and a free downloadable SDK.

2. mirama One:

Picture of mirama One. Image courtesy of Brilliantservice.

Picture of mirama One. Image courtesy of Brilliantservice.

Based on the experiences with mirama Prototype, a second HMD product is developed and scheduled for 2017: mirama One is designed specifically for a larger and more general customer base. To further reduce the weight of the glasses, the computation unit, and the battery will again be placed in a separate small sized unit. The pocket-sized computer will be connected to the glasses via a cable. The reduced weight will allow users to wear the glasses all day. The main goal of mirama One is to use a new display technology and provide smart glasses that have the weight as well as size similar to those of a normal pair of glasses.

The target audience of mirama One is medical, industry, and first responders. That’s why the product will be optimized specifically for use in these three fields. Users will also be able to customize mirama One to monocular or binocular display, in the shape of security glasses, or as helmet attachment.

The features and tech specs:

  • Monocular and binocular customization will allow high resolution, high field of view features, as well as brighter displays for an improved outdoor use
  • Faster Intel chipset and a powerful GPU will be used for better AR applications
    TOF (Time of Flight) technology will allow real-time and robust gesture recognition
    Improved voice recognition
  • Mozilla Rust API will allow development of high performance and secure applications for mirama OS
  • Dedicated application market for third-party developers
  • Basic wireless technologies: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile data communication
  • Various sensors: GPS, accelerometer, gyro, and compass
  • Support for add-on sensors, e.g. infrared for AR thermal imaging
  • Optional Bluetooth controller (e.g. smart watch)

Brilliantservice will showcase the mirama One and Prototype 4 smart glasses at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place from January 6th to January 9th, 2016 in Las Vegas. Visitors will be able to get their hands on the mirama PT4 smart glasses at the event (Booth 73357, Sands Expo, Level 2, Halls A-C, Wearables Zone) and try out three demo use-cases.

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  1. I got to try an early prototype of this a couple years back at the Vision Summit showcase in 2013. It was better in terms of weight, form factor, presentation, and gesturing than every single AR headset at the AWE conference next door. I knew this would turn into something cool, we just hadn’t heard of it until now…Mirama looks great, nice Article! They have patents that go back a few years too…

  2. Hi, my son is severly partially sighted and has had a primitive form of VR glasses made which help improve his field of vision hugely. The biggest issue is getting a camera to view his surroundings and play onto his VR glasses in real time. Would the AR headset you mention here with abuilt in camera be of use for this or can you recommend something for me to look at ? Any advice to help my sone see better whilst he still can would be massively appreciated. Regards Ken Laird.

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