On January 2nd, 2015, Intel and smart-glasses maker, Vuzix, announced that Intel had purchased 4,962,600 shares of Vuzix’ common stock. This gives Intel 30% control in the company and allows the placement of two board members to the current five. This development is interesting because earlier in December, Talk Android reported that Intel would be the chip supplier to Google’s next iteration of Google Glass.
Many market analysts made note that Intel was behind the curve in developing technology for mobile platforms, so these two announcements were perhaps related to that analysis.
While wearables are the new thing to get excited about these days, visually they’re not the most thrilling. Most smart glasses look like something out of an old Star Trek episode. That may be fine for most of us tech enthusiasts but we’re not going to impress a lot of people out and about. Vuzix hopes to change all that. The company announced today that it would be partnering with a top brand to make smart glasses stylish. The other company was unnamed.
Both companies hope that the partnership will result in smart glasses that look as fashionable as sunglasses that our favorite brands are making. Of course we’ll have to patiently wait for the fruition of this partnership as Vuzix doesn’t expect to have a working prototype, or even a finished retail product, before 2015. For those of you who haven’t heard of Vuzix or what they’re working on, you can check out our hands on from last years CES here.
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The Vuzix M100 smart glasses, which we tried out at CES 2013, can now be preordered for a whopping $999 from the company’s site. The smart glasses, which rival Google’s own Glass, is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a WQVGA screen that reaches 2000 nits in brightness. The hardware design causes the M100 to look like an earpiece that extends over the eye rather rather than Glass’ subtle design. Vuzix does say that safety glasses are included and a headphone-like frame is also available for purchase.
Under the hood is a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There is microSD support so you can expand the storage by 32GB. There’s also a 5MP camera that can record in high definition. The M100 has Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n support. The battery is only 600mAh, but there is a 3800mAh rechargeable pack.
On the software side, the M100 has voice navigation, gesture control, and remote control app that works with Android devices. Also, there is a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and and compass to allows for head tracking. And Interestingly so, the M100 supports iOS in addition to Android devices.
It looks like the future is going to consist of wearing lots of funny looking technology on our bodies and everyone is joining the party. Today at CES, Vuzix showed off its own version of smart eye wear which will stand in direct competition to Google Glass. The irony here is that Vuzix is basing their eye wear off of Google’s Android software in order to directly compete with Google. The Vuzix’s M100 will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and house a small display that hovers over one eye. Vuzix is expecting to launch the product for $500 later this year, which is significantly cheaper and sooner than Google’s plans. Inside the M100’s you’ll find a WQVGA color display, an OMAP processor, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1080p camera all running atop Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. For more information, you can hit the source link. To stay up with all our CES 2013 coverage, click here.
Vuzix announced its take on Google Glass called Smart Glasses M100. Although it has the familiar cyborg-like single-eye view screen, the M100 looks more like a Bluetooth device than a pair of glasses. Vuzix is calling the Android device, which will run Ice Cream Sandwich, a smartphone display and communications system. It’s set for an early 2013 release and will be able to do the things you’d expect from a hands-free device like calling and sending text messages as well as accessing email, and recording video and still images with its 720p HD camera.
Navigation and augmented reality apps should be interesting on the M100 as it contains an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness. Smart Glasses M100 will function with any Android or iOS app that supports output to an external monitor. That monitor is a WQVGA resolution screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its field of view is 16 degrees and the image will appear as though looking at a 4-inch display from a distance of 14-inches.
The battery life probably isn’t going to allow for any Life Blogging (do people still do that?) as it will only give you an hour of recording time with the screen on. Standard use should give you up to 8hrs. With the display on, the M100 will give you two hours of use. No pricing yet but Vuzix is offering developers the chance to get in early with a Vuzix Smart Glasses SDK, which includes a pre-production M100 for $999.
Via: Slash Gear