Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 on Show at CES
The Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 – considered the main rival to Google Glass – have been unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Still in development, the device is likely to become the first commercially available hands-free and cloud-connected headset.
The New York-based company, which has previously made similar devices for gaming and defense industries, says the headset “redefines our interface to the ever-expanding digital world”. It links to a smartphone and can be used to text, email, make calls, run applications or access the internet.
An integrated global positioning system allows for visual navigation, while the inbuilt camera can take both video and still images in real time. Its 16GB memory allows data to be saved directly onto the device with the option of adding a memory card for extra storage. The battery can last up to eight hours with average use.
Developer kits are already available and Vuzix aims to officially launch the glasses on Android this summer, with an iOS version predicted for autumn this year. They are expected to cost around $500. The device has been awarded the CES Best of Innovation 2013 award and will be on show at CES until 11 January.
For similar products and ideas, see the Stylus report Superhuman: Pushing the limits of Human Advancement; the Stylus 2014 Industrial Design Concept, Transient; and the Transient Update report. Look out for further Stylus coverage of CES, coming soon.