It takes a particularity kind of chutzpah goes head to head with the behemoths, especially when it comes to AR glasses. We already have Microsoft’s Hololens and Google Glass is being marketed as a business device. But Third eye thinks it is ready for the challenge.
ThirdEye is a spin-off from a project for the Department of Defense. Stealthily, it has made steady inroads into the AR smart glasses and associated AI software space.
The ThirdEye goggles may look like goggles – and to some extent they are – but they do much more. The second generation of the company X2 MR gives people hands-free access to documents or schedules while working on a project. Live digital information can be projected onto the user’s field of view; it can also transmit live images to a tablet or phone, allowing colleagues to provide guidance or oversee an activity. There is also a low-resolution thermal sensor built into the goggles. And they are lightweight.
The company quickly found a customer in the military, who uses the technology for covert business. But Nick Cherukuri, CEO of ThirdEye, told australiabusinessblog.com that the goggles could also be used for more mundane uses, such as helping technicians perform remote repairs.
And that’s just the beginning. ThirdEye’s technology became especially important during the pandemic; the glasses provided clearer treatment options and diagnoses without too many people having to come into contact with each other. ThirdEye saw the opportunity and developed HIPAA-compliant AR software for telehealth.
In August 2022, the UK National Health Service started a trial of community nurses wearing the goggles on home visits. By transcribing a patient’s visit report directly to their notes (with their permission), the company says the glasses could reduce the amount of time nurses spend on paperwork rather than on their patients.
The glasses could also help reduce the need for doctor appointments or even hospitalizations by enabling healthcare professionals to share live images with colleagues, giving patients the chance to get a second opinion or more detailed diagnoses. The thermal imaging sensor can also be used to assess wound healing.