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Augmented Reality Advancements: Smart Glasses Enable Live Drone Footage

Augmented Reality Advancements: Smart Glasses Enable Live Drone FootageSmart glasses combine augmented reality technology and high-resolution displays to provide users information about the world around them. The intelligent eyewear has advanced, see-through optics that project a display in full color by means of digital light processing technology. Some models of smart glasses are now integrated with drones, allowing users to see what the drone sees from high above in real time.

Augmented reality lets users see additional information about what is viewed through smart glasses, including objects, scenery, or even people. Smart glasses also allow users to control drones without the need for a smartphone or tablet. Users can communicate with the system using voice, signs, or finger sweeps.

Industries Where Drones Are Being Leveraged 

Drones refer to pilotless aircraft that operate with the use of computer vision, artificial intelligence, and other technologies. Drones have moved beyond consumer use and defense into a wider range of industries. Autonomy and collision avoidance technologies are being leveraged to perform increasingly complex tasks. 

Emergency Response

Drones are being used now for emergency response. Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras help emergency response teams find victims who are difficult to spot with the naked eye. Drones can assist in search and rescue operations and deliver medical devices, such as defibrillators, on demand. Governments and businesses hope to increase survival rates in rural and urban areas around the world with the use of emergency-response drones.


Drones can be used to provide access to modern medicine in rural regions around the world. Medical supplies can be delivered by traditional means, but some circumstances call for fast access to drugs, blood, and medical technology. Drones can fill the need.


Agricultural workers are able to gather data, automate redundant processes, and maximize efficiency with the use of drones. Farmers use drones to reduce costs and expand yields. Drones have even been used to pollinate flowers and may one day help compensate for the declining bee population.


The energy sector uses drones to inspect equipment and facilities remotely and safely. Drone providers have programs that concentrate on oil and gas inspection and are also used to inspect offshore rigs. Pipeline assessments can be done remotely.


Because mining is dependent on capital-intensive investments, constant measurement and assessment of physical materials is required. Drones can capture volumetric data on stockpiles and survey mining operations from the air. This reduces risks for surveyors on the ground.

A valuable tool for a variety of diverse and complex industry applications, smart glasses allow users to see what the drones see, including objects, scenery, or even people. With a simple voice command, the drone can be directed to deliver the real-time images that can save lives or improve business outcomes.

Visit our Embedded Vision in the Augmented Reality Industry educational section to learn how these technologies are opening up possibilities.

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