Smart glasses or smartglasses are a wearable computing device in the form of computerized eyeglasses. This devices typically possess enhanced data processing functionality similar to a smartphone or tablet and are able to run mobile apps. Modern smart glasses also include speciality features such augmented reality overlays and GPS and mapping capability.
1. Google Glasses
Google Glass is a wearable smart glasses device fitted with a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames to enable you post a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go.
The technical specifications of the smart glasses is top notch with a 640 x 360 display, a 5 MP camera of 720p film capacity, 24 hours battery life, bone conduction audio and 16GB on-board memory (12GB is usable). The price is about £1000 ($1,500) and able to sync with Google cloud storage (could be Google Drive), ensuring that users get ample of storage space. The Glass display offers a viewing experience of a 25-inch HD screen from eight feet away, and one will find Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the connectivity front. It will be compatible with any Bluetooth-capable smartphone. Already in the hands of a few developers, Google smart glasses going on the shelves in last 2013. It is one of the most sort after gadgets in the world even though some critics are saying its ugly and not easy to use, we at PING Magazine believes this is game changing device and deserve the number one spot on our “Top 10 Smart glasses”.
The hype around this wearable device been colossal since the release of the first teaser video in April 2012. There are Twitter, Facebook apps and New York Times, but in a world where we’re already in a state of constant distraction, this seems like just another smart stuff. For the average person, Google Glass feels like seeing the world via a giant corporation’s interests, funnelled through a tiny screen suspended above one eye.
2. Vuzix M100 smart glasses
Cyborgs, meet your gear. The Vuzix M100 is an intelligent Hands-Free Display for Smartphones and is set to redefine peoples interface to the ever-expanding digital world. It is the world’s first enhanced “Hands Free” smartphone display and communications system for on-the-go data access from your Smartphone and the Internet. It is powered by Android OS; text, video, email, mapping, audio and all we have come to expect from smartphones is available through this wireless personal information display system. The glasses offer a wearable visual connection to the Cloud, through your smartphone or other compatible smart device, wherever you go. Hands Free designed after a conventional ear-mounted hands free system used with smartphones, the Vuzix smart glasses, model M100 expands the design to include a camera and display arm.
By integrating a 16:9 720p WQVGA high definition camera at 16 degree view angle, your smart glasses are able to capture video and still images, integrated GPS, 8 GB memory, Wireless BT and Wi-Fi connectivity to a smartphone enable a mobile connection to the Cloud. Though application control can be performed using control software on a smartphone, supported voice and gesture commands enhance the smart glasses hands free experience. The M100 Smart Glasses employ technology that will be seen in other Vuzix products, including see-through augmented-reality binoculars. The M100s aren’t cheap; they’re expected to cost “under $500” if they are on schedule to debut later this year. Vuzik smart glasses is here to stay according to our team at PING Magazine.
3. Epiphany Eyewear
The Epiphany is the most fashionable and classic smart glasses at the moment. It is designed current and timeless by David Meisenholder who designs for Lady Gaga i.e GL -20 Polaroid video glasses. The California based company known as Vergence Labs designed a stylish specs that feature a thick, black frame made of “shape-memory” nylon, spring hinges and polarized, UV-blocking lenses. It offers HD video recording with audio, which is controlled by a tactile “on” button on the right temple and HD live streaming through a compatible tablet to YouGen.TV and Facebook. It has a lithium ion battery life of 48 hours on normal use, heavy use of 3 hours video recording and is charge through a USB port for about 2hours.
The frames comes in black and is equipped with a multiple lens stack with a multilayer AR coating, including a plano front lens that is impact resistant and a 2.00 base lens in the back that can take prescriptions from -2.00D to +2.00. Sandwiched between them is a flat, electrochromic lens that is activated by a small switch at the front of the frame. The speed of activation, from lightly tinted to dark gray, is one millisecond. Although the current version of the lens can only flip from light to dark and back again, future versions will have the ability for the wearer to adjust the degree of tint they want using an app that controls the voltage. Future versions of Epiphany Eyewear will also have Internet connectivity. The price ranges from 8 GB storage costs £200; 16 GB costs £ 260 and 32 GB costs £ 350. This is one of the cheapest smart glasses at the moment. It is gorgoues and sexy, the only smart glasses most women will go for.
The Telepathy One is no Google Glass. The Telepathy One is a wearable headset developed in Japan, intended on being part of the very same emerging industry of smart glasses. This is a smart wearable computing device and it has a built-in camera, a micro projection unit, and ear buds on either side for audio. It is owned by Takahito Iguchi a seasonal entrepreneur hope we can see the world through vision of others. Telepathy One has a built-in camera, a micro projection unit, and ear buds on either side for audio. Those ear pieces also help to keep the device in place on your head. The first app for Telepathy One is Manga Camera, a popular photo app in Japan that has amassed six million downloads.
The app turns pictures into animated comic strips, which stream to the device’s virtual display via Bluetooth. Even though the company is its early days, Iguchi said he’s aiming to ship the device this year at a price more affordable than the developer version of Google Glass, which costs $1,500. It has a built-in camera and floating micro-display, much like Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 Smart glasses, except for the scope. It is engaging in some of the questions of emotional intimacy and privacy that Google Glass will have tackle too, eventually. Iguchi’s hopes are high that Telepathy One will be available by the end of the year, with a price lower than the Explorer edition of Google Glass. The moment it’s available, we can probably look forward to seeing more of it. A futurist will be excited, but a consumer will be incredibly sceptical.
5. Recon Jet smart Sunglasses
Google Glass wasn’t the only wearable tech at Google I/O. Recon Instruments revealed its all-weather sunglass-mounted action camera computer. If stylish, voice-activated Google Glass is all mouth and no trousers, the upcoming Jet smart glasses from Recon Instruments are exactly the opposite. The only speech these rugged specs expect is recording HD snaps and video like an action camera, the Jet provides visual feedback via a colour micro-display, showing speed, space, and distance and navigation data. With its HD camera, an excellent micro-display and GPS built-in, the Jet might be a one-trick pony for action fiends. A guide price of $400-600 looks steep compared to strap-on action camera, but the Jet is set to offer so much more – and at a fraction of the price of its effete rival, Google Glass.
Jet is a powerful wearable computer with a full-color, wide-screen display, designed for active outdoor use. It unobtrusively delivers relevant information, such as speed, distance, and duration at a glance, enhancing athletes’ performance and safety. With connectivity to smartphones and sports sensors, and the ability to run 3rd party apps, the possibilities are endless. Jet comes mounted on high-performance polarized sports eyeware, weighing a mere 60 grams
GlassUp smart glasses allow you to read text messages and e-mail directly from your lenses. And tweets, Facebook updates, RSS, Foursquare check-ins. GlassUp eyeglasses allow the user to see incoming messages: emails, text messages, Facebook updates, and many more. They look good, cost little, have limited weight and the charge lasts a full day. The GlassUp smart glasses report the incoming e-mails, text messages, tweets, Facebook updates, and other messages, so that the user can keep abreast on what is going on in this big world. The message is shown for only a few instants, on the side of the field of view, in an unobtrusive manner.
They work via a bluetooth connection and a set of apps (Android, iOS, hopefully Windows), depending on the mobile platform and the message you want to receive, so you must have your mobile with you. They are read only, we believe it would be messy to try and manage the messages: to respond to a message you’ll have to go back to your mobile, as usual.
It would be rash to say that Google GOOGLE+1.57% is a laggard with its new heads up display/wearable device, Google Glass, but it is certainly not going to be first to market. And the signs are that its price planning is wide of the mark. GlassUp is aimed at the same markets but in addition has a broader set of use-cases that include augmented reality information at points of interest, sub-titles in movies, turn-by-turn directions for motor cyclists and cyclists, museum guides and more. Augmented reality appears to have found the perfect outlet in glasses. It’s not at all clear that this market is waiting for Google, though clearly the search giant has given wearables enormous media impetus. Companies like GlassUp are looking to cash in.
7. Meta 1 smart glasses
The current developer device, the Meta 1, is admittedly somewhat less aesthetically-pleasing than Google’s Explorer Edition of Glass. Epson has brought its Moverio BT-100 to the party, a headset which projects information onto both lenses rather than just one eye. It also has integrated WiFi, runs Android, and lasts for an estimated six hours on a full charge (it’s worth noting that the battery and processing is housed in an external box, which connects to the headset via a cable).
Onto that, Meta bolts a low-latency 3D camera which is used to track hand movements. Resolution down to individual fingertips is supported, and so complex gestures – like a “thumbs up” movement to “Like” a post on Facebook – can be recognized. Google’s Project Glass may be getting the lion’s share of attention, but prototypes and new ventures abound with any number of goggle-like devices offering immersive 3D gaming through to simply capturing your everyday life for sharing online. Now a start-up called meta has joined the fray, partnering with Epson to create AR glasses that allow virtual objects to be controlled in 3D space using hand gestures. Meta is set to throw down the proverbial gauntlet to potential developers with the imminent release of a developer kit. Though, in keeping with the promise of augmented reality in general there is sure excitement about the effects on productivity, media entertainment, retail, and of course, an amazing new class of games entering our real world.
8. Baidu smart glasses
We all know that Chinese search giant Baidu is notorious for receiving much inspiration from its US counterpart, Google and this time the former is working on its own version of Glass. This claim is seemingly supported by a couple of articles from Tencent Tech and Sina Tech, who said that the spectacles feature a tiny LCD, image recognition technology, voice control technology and bone conduction audio. Baidu’s real goal is apparently to offer an open platform for wearable devices in all shapes and forms: watches, necklaces, headphones and more. Baidu is indeed developing a pair of smart glasses as well. Given the caveat, let’s not read too much into the aforementioned details just yet and let Baidu work its magic.
Known “Baidu Eye”, the glasses are being tested internally. While the company says they are still not sure if they will sell them commercially, it’s not hard to imagine that this is just a line they are feeding us (why would you go to all the trouble to develop it if you weren’t going to sell it?)The device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches.
9. DIY Beady-i
If you like the idea of Google Glass, but the price tag is too steep for you, you can try DIY Google Glass-like device. It will make you look a little like Geordi La Forge from Star Trek. This DIY Google Glass, dubbed Beady-i, will cost you about $300 to make. This idea and project was conceived by Instructables user Xenon John. These may actually be more capable than Google Glass. However, they sure could use some design help to make them a little less nerdy and a little geekier. Although it looks like this DIY Google Glass-like hack would cover your whole eye, apparently it doesn’t. These Frankenstein-like smart glasses are essentially made up of components from gaming and virtual reality helmets. XenonJohn gave the smart glasses their Internet and computing power by wiring the spectacles to an iPhone.
10. Olympus MEG 4.0 Smart glasses
While Google may have grabbed headlines for its recent wearable tech stunt, Olympus is doggedly forging ahead with its own similar prototypes, seven years on. Unlike Project Glass, the MEG4.0 isn’t a standalone structure and needs a glasses frame to hang on, although the sub-30g unit shouldn’t tax it too much. The QVGA (320 x 240) display can connect to devices through Bluetooth 2.1, with Olympus pointing to a smartphone hook-up to provide both the processing power and internet connectivity which sounds different to what we’re expecting from Google’s effort.
Wearable technology is the latest technology trend with many firms, with giants like Google and Apple Inc set to roll out devices based on the belief that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being tethered to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.