First came the Google glass. Creepy shit but looked really cool! That gadget crashed.
They were supposed to work like this:
Then all these came instead:
The best smartglasses 2017: Snap, Vuzix, ODG, Sony & more
Google Glass feels like a long time ago now, right? Let’s declare the mourning period for that particular tech experiment to be over. Plenty of tech startups and companies are launching either totally new smartglasses or refined versions of old devices. And the rise of the shiny, new tech term “mixed reality”- which signals something much more present and interactive than the fixed, boring augmented reality – hasn’t hurt either. From first-person videos and photos, to turn-by-turn directions, and facial recognition of the people you meet, the invasion of the smartglasses is (still) very much alive. We don our future-specs to reveal both the best smartglasses on the market and the upcoming devices we believe have the potential to take connected specs mainstream in the next five years…
The hipster choice of smartglasses, Snap’s spectacles keep things simple and stylish. The smartglasses record 10 seconds of circular video at a time, which is then shared to SnapChat and on other social media like Twitter.
Vuzix’s prosumer smartglasses are “probably the nicest looking, most comfortable pair of proper smartglasses” our US editor Hugh Langley has ever tried. And we don’t take that endorsement likely.
Each side of ODG’s R7 AR glasses has a 720p lens which are 80% transparent and can show video at 80fps with a 37 degree FOV. As well as a 4MP camera, there’s voice recognition, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a whole bunch of gyroscopes, magnetometers and accelerometers inside.
Vue’s glasses and smartglasses are the product of a $2m Kickstarter campaign that aims to ship the smart specs by July 2017. Again, there’s no AR here. Instead Vue glasses use bone conduction tech so you can use these instead of earphones, as well as a touch interface to control music and calls. They also handle notifications and activity tracking.
Solos aims to become a cyclist’s best friend. These smartglasses pack in a small heads-up display enabling cyclists to glance at a host of useful data in real time including speed, cadence, heart rate and power zones.
Level. Another pair of smartglasses that wants to put fitness tracking onto your face, these smart specs are the work of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing and VSP Global. The latter was previously involved in creating frames for Google Glass.
Vuzix‘s existing M300 smart glasses are built for enterprise and come with a comfortable but rugged design.
The BT-300 smartglasses ditch the clunky look of their predecessor returning with a sleeker, more polished pair of AR smartglasses. The BT-300 is lighter than its predecessor and not quite as geeky-looking either.
Sony released the essential tools to allow developers to start coding applications for its Googler glass rival a while ago and the SmartEyeGlass hardware seems to be stuck in dev phase.
Jins Meme. This smart eyewear from a Tokyo-based company doesn’t provide an AR experience for their wearers; it uses bio-sensing tech to detect changes in a wearer’s eye and body movements to track and alert on safety, health and fitness. The glasses can track tiredness and alert drivers who may be about to nod off.
Still creepy! What’s next..??