The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, This Summer?
We have all seen some sort of sci-fi entertainment that features the use of some sort of smart glasses, be it Tom Cruise’s self-destruction glasses in Mission Impossible or Master Chief’s HUD in Halo. What most people don’t realize, though, is the fact that many sci-fi entertainment innovations are becoming reality. Vuzix released a special type of technology, the M100 smart glasses, at January’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Nevada. It is a headset modeling a pair of glasses that can pair to a smart phone or a tablet via Bluetooth. It is known as the world’s first “Hands-Free” smartphone display and communications system to date.
The glasses will be able to do a number of different things. From watching movie clips and music videos to customizing applications such as Facebook and Twitter, or even syncing with Cloud, the possibilities are endless. The operation system is Android, so virtually anything that can be done on an Android smart phone will be able to be done on the M100. The headset features GPS, possibly knocking away the need for Tom-Toms. It also has video recording. Not the most notable feature, seeing as how any modern smart phone will capture video as well, but a second thought makes this feature much more attractive. The headset is set over the eye and remains there while taking video. The video will display exactly what the person recording is seeing, as if it were images directly from his or her eye.
The design seems to be very ergonomic in nature. It rests over one eye, yet it can be toggled over either the left or the right eye, depending on the user’s preference. It is very lightweight, more lightweight, in fact, than most average online gaming headsets. Wearing normal glasses will not be a problem either, for the new glasses may be worn over them. And the fact that they are “Hands-Free” is self-explanatory. There are also buttons for navigation: left and right, as well as a button for a drop down keyboard. (Although, I assume with a piece of technology like this, it will be voice-enabled.)
The Vuzix M100 smart glasses were already the recipient of CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award of Best of Innovations, as well as being selected as the Best Technology in the Wireless Handset Accessory category.
It seems too good to be true, right? Not so much, but there are downfalls to this new, amazing piece of technology. The battery power will only last a measly two hours if in full use, and a “whopping” eight hours if you are a “typical user”. There is also the price. What would you think the price for a new pair of smart glasses to be? $250, even $350? Guess again, rumors suggest that the price will land at about $500, but it is launching sometime this summer. That fact is something we can look forward to.
Google is releasing something that is somewhat similar. They will be tough competition since they are trusted by many. I mean, face it, they’re Google.
Not everyone will have $500 to give away this summer, especially upon the first release which will undoubtedly have a few bugs, but with time and patience, this new piece of technology will forever change the way that we wirelessly communicate.