Rokid Launches Project Aurora Prototype with Two Displays for 3D Content

Rokid project aurora

Rokid, a China-based startup that develops AR glasses, announced prototype of Project Aurora augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

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Rokid first launched its smartglasses at the CES last year. Those glasses, called Rokid Glass, looked somewhat like smartglasses. But unlike last years’ glasses, which only projected a display in one eye, the new glasses have two displays for 3D content. The glasses connect to external devices via USB-C. The company is aiming for a low-cost set of glasses that can connect to anything – even a Nintendo Switch.

“With the mission of extending mobile device capabilities and experiences, we’re excited to announce Rokid’s Project Aurora. By leveraging the ever-increasing computing power of mobile devices, Project Aurora supplements these robust experiences by providing a lightweight form factor, industry-leading display quality, and multimodal handsfree input,” said Reynold Wu, Rokid’s head of product and business operations, in a statement.

The company revealed an updated version of the original Rokid glass at the CES 2019. It is 40% smaller, weighs just 120 grams, and features a touchpad controller on the side arm of the device.

The glasses have 1,280×720-pixel resolution and 13 MP RGB camera.

Rokid glass

More specs:

  • IMU (Inertial Measuring Unit) with three-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping)-capable
  • 2 microphones
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi

CNet’s Scott Stein tried the glasses. He writes:

“The Aurora glasses I tried weren’t in their final form, and can theoretically handle more advanced functions like full-motion 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom, or full motion) tracking and spatial navigation (SLAM). I still have questions.”

Although Rokid disclosed exact price for the glasses, the company said it’ll be around the same as for a midrange phone, and far less than the $1,000-plus price that that most smartglasses have. The company plans to begin selling them to the public this spring.

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“Project Aurora will connect consumers to rich, immersive AR content and experiences that were previously unattainable with such a lightweight smartglass,” Wu said. “We’re excited to share how the future looks through it.”