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BMW does in-car augmented reality

Al Sacco | May 4, 2015
BMW demoed a unique new set of AR glasses that provide a range of both in-vehicle and out-of-car functionality designed to enhance the driving experience. The MINI Augmented Vision glasses are also somewhat stylish — at least compared to other similar smartglasses.

BMW's MINI AR glasses are also somewhat stylish, in a steampunk sort of way, and they can be fit with prescription lens. The concept behind MINI Augmented Vision is similar to the Skully AR motorcycle helmet, which generated a lot of buzz when it was first unveiled in the fall of 2014.

Here's a high-level look at the MINI Augmented Vision technical specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 805 processor
  • CPU Frequency: 2.3 GHz per core
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Display resolution: 720p (1280 x 720 pixels), stereoscopic display
  • Format: 16:9
  • Field of view / field of display: FOV 28°
  • Projection / display technology: LCoS displays
  • Operating system: Android 4.4
  • Camera technology: 5 MP

Again, the AR glasses are just a prototype, and it's not clear when, or if, they will be publicly available. You can learn more on BMW's website. also got a hands-on demo with MINI Augmented Vision, so you can check out its related story for details on how well the early prototype works.


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