Advantages of Using Binocular Smart Glasses over Monocular

In the world of augmented and mixed reality, binocular smart glasses have several advantages over monocular glasses. For humans, there is a natural feel for using both eyes with augmented reality headsets which is why binocular glasses have a natural feel for depth perception. A further advantage of using binocular headsets is the field of view projected in front of the user; humans have a horizontal FOV of about 135 degrees and a vertical FOV of just over 180 degrees. With the X2 MR Glasses, the user has a diagonal FOV of 42 degrees compared to monocular glasses typically having a diagonal FOV of about 20 degrees.

Another key advantage of binocular glasses is the ability to have simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). This feature allows for 3D environmental scanning and is conducted using multiple depth sensing cameras. With binocular smart glasses, the user can also touch, move, and manipulate 3D objects in their environment for a fully immersive mixed reality experience. By having limited cameras on monocular smart glasses, 3D environmental scanning and tracking is not possible and the user can not interact with 3D models and objects.

One of the monocular alternatives to the X2 Smart Glasses is the Google Glass 2. The X2’s have built-in SLAM capabilities, which is something that Google Glass lacks in. Additionally, its FOV is simply not large enough to support proper remote help functions. The X2’s are able to run powerful enterprise applications, thanks to its advanced binocular viewing system. At a price tag of $999, the Google Glass is cheaper than the X2’s, but has less than half of its abilities. Solely at a value standpoint, the X2’s are the more practical option when considering functionalities.

An additional monocular competitor is the RealWear HMT-1 glasses. Similar to the Google Glass, they are insufficient in SLAM, and built-in enterprise capabilities. The RealWear headset also has a limited field of view for the user at 19 degrees diagonally which is less than half of the X2 MR Glasses FOV. Moreover, they carry a hefty price tag; listed at $2500, the HMT-1s are significantly more expensive, and have fewer features. Overall, these key comparisons illustrate that monocular smart glasses do not have the necessary components to advance field service processes in an efficient manner.