Atheer Developer Kit and the Atheer One: The only portable and immersive smart glasses supporting natural interaction.
Atheer glasses will change computing, gaming, and user experience forever!
Read what the press have been saying about us:
"Why can't Google Glass do THIS?" - Robert Scoble
"Hailed as Google Glass meets 3-D" - Fast Company
"Watch their vision; we dare you not to get excited" - Mashable
"The Atheer One ... puts an immersive 3D computer system right in front of your eyes" - Digital Trends
"Reaching Beyond Google Glass" - VentureBeat
REFERRAL CAMPAIGN information can be found in the campaign updates.
In this campaign, we have two systems that we're offering. The Atheer Dev kit which will ship early 2014, and the Atheer One which will ship late 2014. Due to the demand of supporters, and to clarify the message, we would like to start with what will you get "out of the box", with the Atheer One and the Atheer Developer Kit.
1- The Atheer One is an accessory to your Android phone. You connect it through the micro-USB port. Any Android phone by a well known manufacturer (Samsung, LG, Motorolla, HTC,...) made after 2011 works.
2- It will be able to show you an Android tablet that is 26" HD and is floating at around 50cms away from your face. Of course, you can touch that tablet in the air. All Android apps (there are 1 million apps) can be downloaded and used just like a regular Android tablet. Our "air touch" technology has been shown in public on one of the most prestigious technology conferences: The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD D11 .
3- The external lenses that ship with it are see-through, and so you will be able to see the tablet floating on top of your environment. The lenses are exchangeable, and we are planning to produce opaque lenses for applications where you don't want to see the environment (videos, gaming, ...)
4- You can connect to your PC over remote desktop. There are many Android apps that support that, and we have actually already tested some of them. This will allow you to get your PC applications to float in front of you.
5- You can connect to devices over Bluetooth and Wifi. This includes keyboards, joysticks, your smart wrist band, or anything that you can pair with your Android phone.
6- Developers will be able to create new 3D apps that will take the experience to a whole new level. Our SDK/API allows developers to create more engaging games and more useful applications.
Atheer Dev Kit:
1- The Atheer Dev Kit is a full system that includes everything that is in your tablet. It has a pair of glasses tethered to a box. It has a Snaprdagon processor, HDMI, USB, Wifi, and Bluetooth, GPS, and everything that's in tablets to enable easy development.
2- It will be able to show you an Android tablet that is 15" HD and is floating at around 50 cms away from your face. The air touch has mm-accuracy and very low latency.
3- The external lenses are see-through, and are exchangeable.
4- You can connect to your PC for development over ADB, USB, or wirelessly, in addition to remote desktop applications.
5- This is the best platform to develop next gen applications on. It will allow you to create and test your applications on a mobile immersive system.
So, where did Atheer come from?
We showed our technology for the first time at The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD D11 conference in May 2013. That day marked the first public demonstration of a fully mobile wearable device with “air-touch” interaction.
Since providing that sneak peek of our product, our team has been tirelessly striving to push the limit of how responsive, interactive, immersive, and cutting edge wearable devices can be! We are now ready to share that with you, and get your support in our mission to take computing, gaming, and digital content to a whole new level.
A very important challenge in creating wearables is weight. For smart glasses, having a weight of more than a 100 grams (3.5 ounces) has a risk of giving users headaches. The weight distribution is also very important. Atheer One is the equivalent of a 26" 3D high definition tablet in a pair of smart glasses weighing only 75 grams. More over, they don't connect to a laptop that you would need to carry around. They simply leverage your Android phone to give you an amazing immersive experience! We have been working ver hard to make that possible.
Leveraging Android, our system already run the 800,000 applications on Android Play. Still, we're here on Indiegogo because we want to give developers early access to this technology so they can start creating interactive 3D experiences today. This will ensure that when the Atheer One ships to early adopters next year, amazing apps will be ready to take advantage of all the features of the glasses and truly break down computing barriers in how people work and play.
The Atheer Developer Kit and Atheer Ones user interface, size, weight, form factor, and ergonomics allow early adopters to be among the first to experience the future of computing -- no keyboards, no screens and no power cords!
We have two products we are bringing to the Developer community:
Developer Kit glasses (on the left) and Atheer One prototypes (on the right) side by side
The Atheer Developer Kit is for developers who want to be among the first in the world to build the immersive applications for the wearable products of the future. The kit is the perfect platform to test your applications out in the real world and experience natural interaction for yourself. The glasses come with an external tethered unit which contains the battery and mobile processor board.
The Atheer One is for any backer who doesn't mind waiting a little bit to get a more refined pair of glasses. It is lighter, sleeker, and will provide a larger field of view device than anything on the market while still running all the same applications. The Atheer One will plug into select Android phones to leverage their processing power.
What experiences will you be able to create with our Developer Kit?
Like every great platform, the Developer Kit is merely a blank canvas for your imagination, and the experiences you will have only as great as you choose to make them. The Developer Kit, combined with our SDK, provide you with all the tools and access to all the gesture data you need to bring your wildest immersive and AR dreams to life. As a developer, you will want to spend some time on our Developer Portal to familiarize yourself with the our APIs, and learn about the important considerations when designing for a 3D see-through device, as well as one where the interaction happens in 3D, with all the subtlety that your hands provide. While many things will carry over from any past Android development experience you may have, others will be different and require a new approach.
We have been living and dreaming in this 3D immersive world for a while now, and have many great ideas of how our glasses could change the way we live, work and play. Let's look at what a day in the life could look like in a couple years when 3D glasses and natural gesture interaction are commonplace, running a full suite of applications and experiences created by you, the developer community.
Between our small demo video below and our presentation at D11, we have demonstrated that we can cover most of the features in this video. From "air touch" and interaction, to connecting to peripheral devices and using multiple types of inputs (voice, head motion,...)
All content filmed using a real Atheer prototype (note that the wearer would be seeing all the content in full 3D, but the filming was with a regular 2D camera through one eye only). No effects were added. It is difficult for the camera to capture the image through the glasses, so we are displaying the content of one of the eyes of the glasses on an external monitor.
What have we achieved so far?
As mobile, 3D, gesture-based devices didn't exist, we have had to create the prototypes and hardware devices that we needed to bring the platform to life. And in order to make this new platform developer-friendly, we've also invested a lot of time into the APIs and SDK so that you guys can run with it!
1) Low power gesture detection on mobile smart glasses. We showed this as early as May 2013, and we have been optimizing and improving it ever since. We now have a robust set of basic gestures such as tap, hover and rotate/spin that developers can easily access using our APIs. We are also working on a gesture building tool that will enable developers to easily build and recognize their own custom gestures.
2) Voice and head motion control. These features complete the natural interface, and are part of the full suite of sensors that are provided by the Android system. To make them easier to understand, we've created a layer to filter and identify certain key motions to trigger application events. Developers are however free to listen directly to the sensors and interpret the data in the way that makes the most sense for their app.
3) Backwards compatibility with Android. Since we're running Android as our operating system you get 800,000 apps from day 1! You can run existing Android apps without modifying them, using our legacy 2D mode that displays them in your glasses as if a tablet were floating in front of you.
4) Atheer SDK (available through our Developer Portal) : Building upon the Android APIs, we have created a new UI/UX for this new 3D see-through environment. In order to provide developers with familiar tools with which to build their apps, we have provided support for Vuforia (the #1 AR engine) and Unity3d (the #1 Gaming engine). Our SDK is designed to give developers the tools to create the best applications possible.
5) Atheer Developer Portal: In addition to all the lines of code, we have also created lots of documentation, design guides, FAQs and other resources to help introduce developers to our world. We have put together code samples and examples to show how to enable the functionality of every component of our SDK.
6) Wifi/BT/HDMI/USB/sensors: We have integrated and tested the functionality of different connections and sensors on the system. We have also made sure that the developers can use them through the Android API.
Atheer Developer Kit: We have already iterated on the optics, hardware, and electronics components which has allowed us to finalize the form factor and product ID. Currently the plastics and mechanical parts have been rapid prototyped, so they are rough around the edges, but that will go away when we get real plastics off the production line. We are now porting our software from the old prototypes platform to this new hardware.
Atheer One: We have focused on the optics first and foremost for the consumer product, as we wanted it to be as immersive as possible. We are working on the design and integration of the electronics and adapting all the components to the new form factor. We expect that there will be several iterations and optimization of the electronics and the mechanical IDs in order to make the system as light, fashionable, and comfortable as possible.
Please note that to support the Atheer One, the phone needs to be capable of displaying high resolution images over its "Micro-USB" port, and so it needs to have MHL or Slimport. The good news is that most high end Android phones over the last couple of years support one of those technologies.
A brief history of Atheer Hardware
These shots of our team members working or posing with prototypes make us feel how far we've come. We now need technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and innovative developers to tell us how they would like us to support them.
1 - Early prototype with 3D USB webcam - September 2012
2 - Tripod-mounted development unit - November 2012
3 - Tethered Development unit - February 2013
4 - Mobile demo unit - April 2013
5 - Prototype used at the D11 Conference - May 2013
6 - Prototype with 3D Depth camera - June 2013
7 - Developer Kit prototype - July 2013
8 - Atheer One prototype - September 2013
Before we had our own Developer devices, we had to fashion our own development platforms from off the shelf components, a process that involved way too much hot-glue, hacksaws, and disassembly of expensive products.This reaffirmed our belief that we had to create our own Developer Kit as few developers would be willing to jump through all the hoops we did just to have a basic development platform!
A word on competition
We may not be the biggest wearable glass maker out there, but we are providing the complete set of features required to make smart glasses a success, and that developers have been asking and waiting for.
Atheer offers a more immersive and interactive experience at a competitive price
But to convey the difference in the Smart Glasses out there, we can't just talk about specs and numbers, as the visual experience is what will make or break the products and apps. In order to convey what each of these will look like when you are wearing them, we put together a simple diagram showing the relative sizes of the Smart Glasses available today. The ones in the bottom right corner are shown with a black background as they are not see-through displays.
Relative sizes of all the smart glasses from the wearers point of view
Our Dream Team
What we're making is by no means a simple task, so over the past 2 years that we've been working on this, we've gathered experts in each of the key areas to help us bring our vision to life.
- Soulaiman Itani, PhD. Our Founder and fearless leader, Solomon comes from a hardcore MIT lab, and at Atheer he dives into every aspect of the product to push everyone to make it as great as possible.
- Allen Yang, PhD. Our brilliant CTO, Allen is a leading expert in real-world face recognition and computer vision (his face recognition paper has been cited over 2,000 times!), and makes our hand detection and tracking fast, accurate and robust in all the usage scenarios.
- Sina Fateh, MD. Our in-house Ophthalmologist, Sina ensures that our glasses are not only comfortable and ergonomically designed for extended 3D viewing, but also provides insights into how visual objects are perceived by the brain, in order to create the optimal immersive UI.
- Ron Butterworth. Our Hardware VP, Ron has shipped product to consumers in both startups and large companies. He brings decades of product insights and leadership on how to first bring prototypes to life, and then turn them into manufacturing-ready products.
Behind these experts is the rest our startup located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, in Mountain View, California. Our algorithm, OS and hardware teams work side-by-side to make sure that everything is optimized, and provides all the right functionality for developers and users.
How we plan to make it happen
Our current priority is getting the Developer Kit into your hands as quickly as possible, with all the functionality that you will need to create your apps. As a result, even though we are using a lot of the knowledge from the Developer Kit to make the Atheer One better and faster, the Developer Kit and the Atheer One are on two different production timelines as below.
Production schedule for the Developer Kit
Production schedule for the Atheer One
In order to make sure that we can scale our production to meet demand, we are working with one of the world's largest Contract Manufacturers from the beginning of this process to leverage their expertise. This ensures that we design our products right the first time around, and have a rapid iteration loop for when we need to address any issues that come up.
The next generation of smart devices is here!
Atheerian wearing an Atheer One prototype.
In a few years, the digital world with all its rich information will be completely merged with the real one. Let’s get the future started today!
Our shirts and posters pop out in 3D, showing all the inner workings of the Developer Kit glasses and come with a pair 3D viewing glasses! Check out the designs below.