Could you imagine a world without smartphones? For most of us, imagining a modern world without our trusty devices is practically impossible. However, there are people who believe that a certain device will replace the billions of smartphones around the world, and it relies on SCG technology.
Even if you don’t know what SCG technology is, chances are you have interacted with it or heard about it in some way. But don’t worry, we will make everything clearer for you. In this article, we are going to explain everything you need to know about this potentially revolutionary technology.
What is SCG Tech?
While the term “SCG technology” might seem like a mouthful, it all looks relatively simpler once you understand the acronym. SCG stands for Spatial Computer Glasses. In even simpler terms, this means a type of glass that digitally enhances the real world.
The idea itself isn’t necessarily new. In 2013, Google launched the failed Google Glass, and since then many other companies have launched similar products. Some apps already enhance the real world via augmented reality. However, we aren’t exactly at the futuristic level of popping a contact lens and having access to a digitally enhanced world.
But if the idea isn’t new, why do some people believe SCG technology will make smartphones obsolete?
Enter Jeff Brown
If there is a growing buzz about this technology, then Jeff Brown surely has a hand in it. The investment and tech analyst is one of the biggest believers in SCG technology. He also believes that early investors in SCG projects will become millionaires.
Brown is the head of the Brownstone Research investment firm and a writer for a few financial publications. He was also president of quite a few multinational technology companies, such as Trident Microsystems, and the head of global strategy at Qualcomm.
However, it is advisable to take his hype with a grain of salt. Don’t forget that he runs an investment firm. His belief in SCG technology is also economically driven: the more people that buy into these projects, the more money he makes.
The types of SCG technology devices
But while Jeff Brown’s hype might have dubious motives, the truth is that SCG technology is already present in many of our lives. Millions of gamers interact with virtual realities on a day-to-day basis, and smartphones already enhance reality for a myriad of different reasons.
And what are the main types of SCG technology devices?
As the acronym stands for “Spatial Computer Glasses,” AR glasses are the obvious device that make use of this technology. Augmented reality isn’t exactly something new, but the prospect of having a useful digital overlay on top of the real world is still very exciting (and probably a few good years away).
But we can already interact with augmented reality through our smartphones and their cameras. Some apps let you see how certain types of furniture would look in your house, letting you superimpose pieces of furniture over the camera feed of your real-world apartment, while others, such as Google Lens, let you translate text in real time.
Virtual reality headsets are the other big device when it comes to SCG technology. While VR headsets are a bit different from AR glasses, as the user interacts with computer-generated reality instead of the real world, there is still SCG technology at play.
It is possible, for example, to map a real-world location to a computer-generated one and let the user traverse and interact with the real world while perceiving it to be the computer-generated reality on his headset.
The best thing about this is that VR headsets are becoming an industry standard, which will lead to bigger adoption and more useful features being developed.
What are the essential spatial computing elements?
While augmented reality may come in many different flavors, there are a few elements that are essential for any spatial computing project. Without these elements, the entire experience would be lackluster, and there could never be any revolutionary breakthrough.
When you use a computer, you use the keyboard and the mouse to interact with it. In the case of smartphones and tablets, your fingers are the main input devices. However, with SCG-technology devices, there are no buttons or screens you can press.
For that reason, SCG devices require advanced sensors to be able to understand your inputs. These sensors are able to track your eye and hand movements, or even the tone of your voice, and translate them into commands the computer can understand.
While digital reality overlays aren’t possible, SCG technology relies on advanced cameras, capable of capturing the world in high definition. These captures can then be converted into 3D models for use in virtual reality or for superimposing virtual reality objects.
The benefits of SCG technology
The idea of a digitally mediated reality might be exciting; however, such a reality is still many years away. As of today, the main benefits of SCG technology are limited to gaming and particular technological applications, such as the furniture apps we’ve talked about.
But the future might be very different. While it is difficult to say whether SCG technology will replace smartphones or not, spatial computing can definitely change the way we interact with the world. We have to wait and see.