We’ve gone on about Google’s Project Glass quite a few times now, but it seems a contemporary contender in the race to bring AR access to your face might be first to the crown: the Smart Glasses M100 from Vuzix…
Already renowned for its video, virtual reality and, somewhat pricey, undeniably bulky, augmented reality goggles, Vuzix’s all new, lightweight, reality augmenting M100 face-furniture has just picked up a Best of Innovations honour from the CES 2013 board ahead of unveiling at the January Las Vegas tech-fest.
More stylish than its Google rival, the M100 offers three different head-mounting options, works with the left or right eye, and gives the wearer the ultimate in hands-free access to calls, video calls, email, text, video, music, GPS and, of course, the internet via a combination of its four-inch effect WQVGA resolution display, noise suppression ear speaker, noise cancelling microphone and, vitally, its very own OMAP 4 processor, graphics engine and modified Android 4.01 operating system.
Linking to your device over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, an integrated HD 720p, 16:9 aspect ratio camera not only also let the user take photos and video but, combined with the GPS and its integrated ‘head tracker’, provides precise spatial and positional awareness for AR apps to really deliver the augmented goods.
Ultimately, Vuzix say the M100 will be able to link to the cloud and access all necessary apps of its own accord, and to deal with data you may wish to download or anything camera-captured, comes packing 4GB of storage with a micro SD card slot adding the ability to extend.
But, whether connected to the cloud or dependent on your device, the specs of the Vuzix M100 specs seems to be beating Google’s Glass as its own game, so the big question now is: with both stating 2013 as launch time, who’ll hove into sight first?