Vuzix has announced plans to develop a stylish head-mounted display solution in the form of Smart Glasses, through a licensing partnership with Nokia. The yet-unnamed product would integrate a bright, high-contrast display with a pair of seemingly ordinary-looking sunglasses -- sounds like a perfect companion to the ZionEyez in-glasses camera prototype we saw last month.
Vuzix will take on Google Glass with a wearable headset resembling "designer sunglasses" rather than the somewhat clunky Borg-style tech companies are offering today, thanks to a newly announced deal with a mysterious "Tier 1" brand. The project, which Vuzix says will distill its waveguide-based eyepiece technology - expected to launch this year in industrial form - into a more consumer-friendly form, is expected to reach final design stage sometime in 2015, with a commercial launch beyond that. The identity of the "Tier 1" consumer electronics brand hasn't been revealed, with Vuzix saying that its partner has requested all details be held back until closer to launch.
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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has come out and said that the carrier can no longer afford to absorb costs on premium smartphones when consumers look to upgrade on the standard two-year cycle.
Althoughsmart sunglasses exist, they're seldom pretty -- you won't impress many people at the beach. IfVuzixhas its way, though, these shades will be as fashionable as the eyewear from your favorite label.
If you like the idea of a wearable display, but your budget can’t afford some of the high-end solutions out there, the Vuzix Wrap 1200DX might be worth a look. This video eyewear product has hit pre-order directly from Vuzix and offers nice features for under $500.
There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year.
Kopin has revealed its latest wearable system, Pupil, a combination of a micro-display and voice control noise-cancellation system the company hopes will eventually be used in head-worn tech like Google's Glass . A reference design intending to show how wearable computing could be integrated into a design that's more palatable to the consumer market, Pupil isn't intended for the market in its current form, but is instead intended to showcase the fruits of Kopin's new partnership with Olympus in display technology. We caught up with Kopin to find out more.
Google started the smart glasses wave with Google Glass . Those glasses are in the hands of a few developers and end users around the country and have proven to be interesting devices. The downside to Google Glass is that the wearable computing product is not what most of us would consider affordable.
Epson is going after Google with its own heads-up display glasses. The Moverio BT-200 is a head-controlled device with a screen that overlays a transparent computer monitor in the center of the user’s field of vision.
We saw Epson'sMoverio BT-200glasses back at CES, and while not much has changed on the hardware front since then, the company dropped bySXSWto demo a few new games. There's also a new homemade camera rig, so it's now possible to share the excitement here. Moverio supports the full version of Android 4.
Atheer Labsisn't the only companychasing Tony Stark, but itisthe very latest to offer a set of smart glasses to developers -- enabling them to build out 3D touchless gesture controlled apps. Like its competitor,Meta, Atheer wants to do away with restrictive conventional computing and replace it with augmented reality.
Samsung must want to keep an open mind when it comes to wearable displays. Just a short while after it explored the possibility ofsmart sports glasses, the company is back with a patent for a heads-up display with a built-in earpiece.
Trying to perhaps avoid a large media backlash, Qualcomm has rather silently announced its decision to not push through with its Snapdragon 802 processor. This statement comes just a month after the chip maker unveiled at CES 2014 the chip that will drive its formal venture into the realm of Smart TVs.
Epson can forgive you if your first thought when you hear augmented reality is Google Glass, even though you're wrong. Google may never had actually described its wearable as an AR device, but a combination of the over-promising original concept video and a general naivety about the segment overall led many would-be Glass wearers to be surprised at what the headset really is: a convenient notifications pane in the corner of your vision. If you're looking for true AR, though, Epson might have the answer.
Wearable tech seems to be the next big technology trend, with anyone and everyone coming up with their own twist on smartwatches , smartglasses, and even trench coats . One company by the name of Pivothead is now trying to push its Pivothead SMART glasses into the consciousness of developers and early adopters through an Indiegogo capaign.
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CES isn't what it used to be. That's a mantra we've heard year after year. With major players like Google, Apple and Microsoft choosing to throw their own lavish product launches and specialized events likeMobile World Congressvying for our attention, it's hard to argue that things haven't changed.
Wearables start-up Meta has spilled its first demo of the latest Meta.01 developer edition augmented reality headset in action, promising shipping of the wearable computer from as early as the end of April.
Epson has introduced the next generation of its Moverio smart glasses, bringing with the new BT-200 model a variety of new features and a light-weight design and a "true binocular display" offered up by using miniaturized LCD-based projection.
It's the week of HD content news in its many various guises: streaming,video,award showsandservice cancellations, all wedged in amidst a couple of physical devices. Actually, the hardware is content-enabling as well, with the newRoku Streaming Stickand an N64 mod that gives your classic gear an HDMI upgrade.