A research team from The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has successfully created a high performance head mounted display (HMD) which has an in-built augmented reality processor. The research team was led by a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Yoo Hoi-jun. It is said that K-Glass is much better than Google Glass in performance, and is expected to increase the demand for the augmented reality technology.
The in-built AR processor in the glass makes it 30 times quicker than Google Glass, which uses the conventional processor. Not only that, K-Glass can be used three times more than Google Glass. The built-in AR processor which has been developed with inspiration from the Visual Attention Model (VAM), requires lesser power. With VAM, unnecessary data can be eliminated as it works the same way in which a human brain processes visual data by finding out only the relevant information. Complex augmented reality algorithms could be computed in a much faster speed with the AR processor.
A network structure which was similar to the central nervous system of a human brain was used by the research team. This reduced power consumption significantly. There was a chance of a bottleneck in the data transmission process as well as in the network inside the processor. But, this was easily overcome with the use of the structure of the central nervous system.
1.22 tera-operations per second (TOPS) of highest performance in the area of 32 mm² is delivered by the new AR chip with the use of the 65 nm manufacturing process. A 76 percent of improvement for K-Glass has been observed over other devices. A high efficiency rate of power consumption of the chip is shown with 1.57 TOPS/W, under real time operation of a 720p/30fps video camera.
According to Professor Yoo, K-Glass is probably going to make new changes in the future mobile IT scenario, with its highly improved computing function, compared to other head-mounted displays. Even the energy used is far lesser for K-Glass than other HMDs.
So, it is to be seen in future, whether K-Glass actually moves ahead of other head-mounted displays and finds many takers. Once it is released and out for commercial use, only then it will be clear whether users are embracing it and getting benefited.
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