Would you rather play Doom on smart glasses or a lawn mower?

Playing doom on a Husqvarna Automower NERA and Brilliant Frame smart glasses

Once I was planning my first journey to MWC Barcelona this yr, I waded by way of the large variety of emails about AI, related gadgets, and nearly each different buzzword lighting up the business as we speak. However one e mail instantly stood out among the many relaxation: Doom on a lawnmower.

Husqvarna engineers contrived an excellent PR transfer to garner extra consideration to the corporate’s line of robotic lawnmowers by creating one thing successfully ineffective. There’s little hope you may ever really play Doom in your Husqvarna Automower NERA, however why would not you a minimum of need to attempt?

Of us in a number of EMEA nations who personal a Husqvarna Automower NERA can join the Doom beta and get these mowers revving in April when the official replace drops.

It was one of many coolest issues we noticed at MWC 2024 but it surely additionally begs an fascinating query. As we proceed to gamify chores with video games like Pokemon Smile to encourage us to maintain doing mundane — however vital — issues, how far ought to the gamification of know-how go? Do we want full-fledged video games on a pair of sensible glasses, or is a intelligent Pokemon Go-style title sufficient to get our legs transferring after hours of sitting in a chair?

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Husqvarna’s advertising trick could have labored if the corporate’s YouTube channel is any indication. A lot of the movies on its channel have just a few hundred views at greatest and usually give attention to the know-how behind how the mower works and the way it can enhance your life.

Nevertheless, the Husqvarna x Doom venture video has over 46,000 views, which is 2,000 greater than the variety of subscribers on the channel. If the objective was to make folks conscious of a product somewhat than promote a sure function, it is clear that this technique may work.

I not too long ago spoke with Bobak Tavangar, CEO of Good Labs and creator behind Good Labs Body, a brand new pair of sensible glasses delivery in April that guarantees to meld AI with svelte, wearable frames. The corporate’s imaginative and prescient is grandiose however, finally, nonetheless considerably restricted by what present know-how can ship.

Tavangar described the corporate’s final imaginative and prescient of how the Good Labs AI bot, Noa, will help you keep in your weight-reduction plan plan by figuring out meals the digital camera sees and gently steering you towards your objectives. This is only one of many examples utilized by Tavangar in our dialogue for the corporate to make glasses powered by a customized, proactive private AI assistant.

Hands-on with Oppo Air Glass 3 at MWC 2024 in Barcelona

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However that type of imaginative and prescient would probably solely impress some folks earlier than they moved on with their regular lives, by no means investing sooner or later potential of this product. That’s if it weren’t for one factor: the flexibility to play video games like Doom with out craning their necks down at a telephone.

Admittedly, Doom (1993) solely has a lot attraction to non-gamers, and even then, its attraction amongst common players is simply so nice. The basic title paved the way in which for video games folks like to play in 2024 however the recreation itself is a small seed to assist folks perceive the potential of the devices we take as a right in our lives.

If a pair of glasses — just like the Oppo Air Glass 3 that I wore at MWC 2024 (pictured above) or the upcoming Good Labs Body — can play video games proper in entrance of our eyes by simply tapping into the facility of the telephone in our pocket, think about how far more a lot of these merchandise might do when totally realized?

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses Wayfarer style with yellow tinted lenses

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Good Labs’ declared implementation of AI on a pair of sensible glasses is not “new,” per se, but it surely definitely sounds higher than what I’ve used up to now. In any case, Meta Ray-Ban sensible glasses can already do a lot of this stuff in some capability. So what’s stopping one other firm — particularly a start-up with a centered imaginative and prescient and a small, malleable workforce — from making one thing even higher than what we hoped for?

I will not maintain my breath for a customized AI to information me alongside my dietary objectives in 2024, however I am definitely hoping I get to play Doom on these frames once they plan to land in a month.

For me, it is the gamification of know-how that finally will get me . If I am sporting a pair of sensible glasses all through the day, I would like them to encourage me to do mundane issues in a enjoyable new method, even when that simply means spinning Poke Stops whereas I am strolling across the neighborhood.

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