Seebright Wave

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Seebright Wave
Seebright 1.png
Category smartglasses
Developer Seebright, Inc. [1]
Announced January 2015 [2]
Released Developers: 2016 [3]
Consumers:
Price 150 USD [2]
Operating system smartphone dependent
Display smartphone
Resolution smartphone dependent
Field of view 46
46 °
degrees[4]
Weight g unknown
Controls

smartphone, controller [3]

Data available limited
Risk factor low
Not Standalone
http://seebright.com/

Seebright Wave is a smartphone holder device for augmented reality. A set of see-through mirrors reflects the display of the smartphone that is inserted into the visor part of the device to the user's eyes. The performance and display quality is thus closely dependent on the particular smartphone that is inserted into the visor. The device supports Apple iPhone 6 and newer devices as well as smartphones of up to 5.5 inches diagonal size. The official brochure also states that, presumably smaller smartphones, can fit inside the visor with the help of an additional tray.[4]

The device was meant to be funded by a Kickstarter campaign planned[5] to begin in February 2015[6] but the company never actually started any crowdfunding campaign.

In 2017, Seebright plans to offer Seebright OS, a scalable client-server software infrastructure.[7]

Main Characteristics

Wave is a smartphone holder that uses see-through mirrors to overlay the output of the smartphone's display onto the wearer's vision field. The smartphone needs to be inserted into the visor of the device, screen facing down. The image is then reflected into the user's eyes. The device has variable interpupillary distance ranging from 55 to 71 mm and can achieve up to 46 degrees of horizontal filed of view. The official brochure does not provide any other technical specifications as many of the technical aspects depend in the smartphone that needs to be put in the frame.[4] The company also offers a custom SDK and a wireless 9-axis motion controller with the device.

Purpose

Seebright Wave is an affordable smartphone holder for augmented reality that can accommodate users with different interpupillary distance. The device can utilize a wide range of smartphones.

Company & People

Seebright, Inc. is a technology company that develops augmented reality display that utilize Android and iOS mobile operating system. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Santa Cruz, California, United States of America.[1][8]

  • Dirk Kanngiesser - Chief Executive Officer
  • John Murray - Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder
  • Simon Solotko - Chief Marketing Officer
  • Bill Keating - Chief Operations Officer

Important Dates

  • March 2014 - Seebright, Inc. unveils first prototype of their smartphone holder augmented reality device[9]
  • January 2015 - Seebright Wave announced at CES 2015[2]
  • Spring 2016 - Developer version Seebright Wave Innovator Edition available[10]

Enhancement/Therapy/Treatment

Enhancement. - The device enables the user to view and use digital information that is displayed over his vision field. This way, the user can access the data in more natural fashion and hand-free.

Ethical & Health Issues

There are no ethical nor health issues relevant to this specific device.

For more general issues connected with smartglasses, please see the Smartglasses synopsis.

Public & Media Impact and Presentation

http://www.wearabletechworld.com/topics/wearable-tech/articles/395884-head-mounted-display-converts-smartphones-augmented-reality-devices.htm

http://www.virtual-reality-shop.co.uk/seebright-wave/

http://vrfocus.com/archives/10370/new-hmd-seebright-wave-unveiled-ces/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Seebright/CES2015/prweb12420516.htm

http://www.santacruztechbeat.com/2015/01/08/seebright-augmented-reality-displays/

http://seebright.com/?page_id=11

Public Policy

There is no public policy that considers this device specifically.

For more information about policies related to smartglasses, please see the Smartglasses synopsis.

Related Technologies, Projects, or Scientific Research

The developer mentions no related projects or scientific research.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=262514524
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.roadtovr.com/seebright-wave-smartphone-ar-headset-widest-field-of-view-kickstarter-price/
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://seebright.com/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://seebright.com/pdfs/SB_BROCHURE-DK_151211d.pdf
  5. Older, cached version of the company website also refers to a future Kickstarter campaign. (todo: add a screenshot of the cached website)
  6. http://www.prweb.com/releases/Seebright/CES2015/prweb12420516.htm
  7. http://seebright.com/?page_id=11
  8. https://www.linkedin.com/company/seebright
  9. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seebright-reveals-industrys-first-smartphone-integrated-arvr-head-mounted-display-platform-with-wireless-controller-250966831.html
  10. http://seebright.com/?p=1