As HoloLens’ looms, Atheer plans new augmented reality headset

Gigaom

Mountain View-based startup Atheer plans to announce today a second developer version of its augmented reality glasses, moving it closer to the long-promised headset it plans to sell to businesses.

The refreshed glasses are the first I’ve seen from Atheer that actually look like, well, glasses. They have a Snapdragon 800 processor and a lighter, more compact frame. Their Android-based operating system now looks much cleaner and is navigable with just a few gestures.

The four-year-old startup is now operating under a new CEO: Alberto Torres, who was formerly the senior vice president of mobility at HP. He replaced former Atheer CEO Soulaiman Itani in October.

Atheer CEO Alberto Torres demonstrates a medical application on the Atheer augmented reality headset. Atheer CEO Alberto Torres demonstrates a medical application on the Atheer augmented reality headset.

Under Itani, Atheer launched a crowdfunding campaign offering augmented reality glasses to consumers. It canceled the campaign after raising more than $200,000, citing deeper interest from the enterprise side.

Torres said Atheer will remain…

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