Surefire, a California-based flashlight firm, is displaying off its new infrared communication system, ARON, at CES this week.

What’s it?

Surefire’s ARON (Augmented Actuality Optical Narrowcasting) is a type of wi-fi information transmission involving beams of sunshine. It transmts data by way of infrared mild and optical beacons, at ranges as much as 2,000 meters. The knowledge is obtained by a beacon in a telephone (the corporate’s literature additionally reveals Google Glass-like AR units utilizing it) and changed into an AR view of the world round you.

Why does it matter?

ARON isn’t reliant on Wi-Fi or mobile information, is personal, and may function on solar energy. It operates very like bluetooth beacons, solely by way of infrared quite than radio frequencies. It may be utilized in locations the place Wi-Fi is untenable or nonexistent — or in high-traffic locations like CES itself.

Surefire reveals how ARON can be utilized at the side of native beacons to point out information on close by environments in AR with out mobile information. For instance, whenever you’re strolling down the road, you’ll be able to study details about your environment by way of an augmented view in your telephone’s digicam.

When is it coming?

Surefire will exhibit ARON for the primary time at this week’s Shopper Electronics Present. For extra data, examine the corporate’s web site right here.

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