The Digilens Argo is a standalone voice-controlled AR headset

The Digilens Argo is a standalone voice-controlled AR headset

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The stand-alone Digilens Argo AR headset should deliver good images even in low-light conditions and can be operated silently.

Display specialists from Digilens present Argo, a new AR headset designed for business and industry. First hands-on reports confirm the device’s exceptionally clear display. However, Digilens does not use new generation plastic waveguide screens.

Focus on voice control in B2B scenarios

The Argo headset should work hands-free and regardless of body posture. This is ensured by integrated voice control and automatic gaze recognition. According to the manufacturer, built-in microphones receive voice commands even in noisy environments. Digilens focuses on functionality and durability in B2B headset design.

The temples are removable and allow the lenses to be inserted into optional accessories such as protective goggle mounts. The AR headset is IP65 certified and suitable for industrial and military use. Digilens sees additional application areas in healthcare, construction and logistics, education and telecommunications. There, the AR headset is designed to support virtual training, remote assistance in maintenance or repair work, and medical training.

The AR headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which is also used in mobile VR headsets like the Meta Quest 2 or Pico 4. No need for a smartphone-like player like in Nreal Light. Argo works independently and displays overhead instructions, streams video or displays photos alongside 3D objects for augmented reality applications.

Three cameras and a hot-swappable battery

A 6DoF tracking camera sits on each of the temples on the left and right side of the headset. This is joined by a 48-megapixel camera on the nose. The camera has autofocus, digital zoom and pixel binning (explain). This allows you to capture detailed images even in low light conditions. In addition, there are optical and electronic image stabilizers.

Digilens ARGO Smart glasses in Frontansicht.

Cameras for recording and tracking are located on the left, right and center of the Digilens Argo housing.

Argo is designed to take high-quality videos and photos, transfer its field of view to other devices, and receive video streams from other headphones or smartphones. The cameras also function as barcode and QR code scanners.

In addition to five microphones, speakers for surround sound are installed in the temples. The battery can either be charged via the USB-C port or replaced in hot-swappable mode. Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and GPS are also integrated.

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Bright screens in Gorilla Glass housing

Argo’s holographic waveguides are supposed to achieve more than 85 percent transparency and sit on particularly stable lenses made of Gorilla Glass. Digilens claims that the brightness of the LCOS LED display exceeds 2500 nits. The the field of view is 30 degrees in landscape mode.

The displays are the third generation Digilens Crystal30. Does not use Digilens Plastic displays introduced in the summer of 2021. The plastic version is said to be almost as strong as the glass waveguides, but lighter and cheaper.

It is not yet known what price Digilens will have for the Argo SmartGlasses.

Small digital field of view and normal natural field of view

CNET editor Scott Stein tested the Digilens Argo and was impressed with the clarity of the color display reflected on the lens. “I didn’t see any glare, rainbows or smudges on many headphones. It was like looking through clear glasses,” Stein said.

The the field of view was smaller than the Hololens 2, but said that it is useful for watching clearly that it is brighter. Stein didn’t limit herself to a natural field of vision: “For me, the effect was the same as wearing glasses every day.”

As with most AR headsets, the Argo’s display area was limited. For Stein, reading information and looking at photos was good enough. According to Stein, voice control is the answer.

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