ASUS made a surprise appearance at CES 2024 when it presented its glasses AirVision M1which some see as an alternative to Apple’s Vision Pro headset, but they’re actually much more an alternative to portable monitors.
The fundamental difference between the AirVision M1 and the Vision Pro, or even the Air 2 Ultras from Xreal, is that actually they do not support anything related to interactive augmented reality. Although the glasses are capable project your desktop or multiple windows into spacemust be connected to a nearby device and do not recognize hand gestures or other virtual objects.
Their main goal is give the user more screen space, but without the need to carry around large and bulky portable monitors. Thanks to built-in microLED displays with Full HD resolution, AirVision glasses can display up to six or seven virtual windows or desktops. You can also choose between several aspect ratios (16:9, 21:9, 32:9 and more).
So the AirVision M1 glasses behave almost the same as floating desktop, which seems to float about six meters in front of the user. The advantage is (perhaps compared to the Sightful Spacetop, which is described as the first laptop with augmented reality in the world) larger vertical field of view (up to 57 degrees), but also that glasses they do not require any other special equipment. The AirVision M1s also come with a pair of nose pads (to fit all users) and a prescription insert for people with prescription glasses.
Creating a virtual desktop is easy (using the plus sign), and the total size of the virtual display can also be freely adjusted by zooming in or out. In addition, using the touchpad of the laptop or typing on the keyboard is not difficult, because you can see through the virtual displays, so you just have to look down.