eyewear

Six15’s INFINITY.1 is a less conspicuous smartglass

Six15’s INFINITY.1 is a less conspicuous smartglass

Google Glass might be DOA by now, but the dream of smartglasses live on, but with less ambitious goals in mind. Instead of a one size fits all product, most of these newer attempts try to focus on specific markets and specific use cases. One of the latest to announce their own smart spectacle is Six15 Technologies. One thing that sets its apart and could make it successful is that its INFINITY.1 smartglass won't make you look like a cyborg and looks just like some thick rimmed geek's eyewear.

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Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google definitely has a thing for eyewear. After the failure that was Google Glass, it has and continues to fawn over over contact lenses instead, embedding anything that can be embedded inside of something that will sit extremely close to our eyes. Most of those, however, reside in patents and this latest patent takes into the realm of spy fiction. Filed almost a year ago, this patent basically uses our unique irises as a biometric fingerprint, which the contact lens can collect and compare with a stored reference for identity matching.

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Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

More than two years in the making, Recon Instruments has finally decided to ship its Jet smart eyewear to the masses. During that time, despite the rise and eventual fall of Google Glass, Recon has been unyielding in its focus. This may seem like a rival to Google's own smart spectacle, but a more focused use case could probably save it from folding in the same way. Recon Jet has its eyes set, no pun intended, squarely on sports and health enthusiasts, content with bring timely performance stats, with a bit of fun on the side.

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Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Just after Sony unveiled its SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses a few months ago, it was quickly labeled by tech media and critics as dorky, unfashionable, and tacky. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), Sony has decided to press ahead in the wake of the Google Glass experiment and release the headgear in 10 countries, starting this week. Labeled as a Developer Edition, the SED-E1 SmartEyeglass will set lucky purchasers back a steep $840. Just don't expect people to jealous of how cool you look while wearing it.

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Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Whether we like it or not, and some might actually do, Google Glass as we knew it is practically dead. Whether it comes back in the same form or, hopefully, a better one, only Google, and time, knows. But for now, we are left to ponder what went wrong. In Google Glass' case, it could have been and probably was a great many things and Astro Teller, who heads Google's experimental arm Google X, sheds light on one of those reasons: Google's very own, uncontrolled hype machine.

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Non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass Dev Edition coming in March

Non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass Dev Edition coming in March

It seems that Sony is kicking its smart eyewear plans into high gear. Just after releasing a video that details the idea behind its SmartEyeglass Attach! single-lens display module, it is now announcing the upcoming availability of its binocular display sibling, the original, non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass. This, however, and hopefully, isn't the final version of the device, but even as a first developer edition, it is already more affordable and more available than that other popular smart spectacle, Google Glass.

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Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Google may be a bit ambiguous about Google Glass' future, but Sony seems unfazed. Either it has a very strong faith in the still non-existent smart eyewear market or it thinks it can take advantage of Google's failure there. Either way, it is pushing ahead with own attempt but also tries to approach the problem from a slightly different angle. SmartEyeglass Attach!, which is not to be confused with its other, odder attempt, may succeed in one area where Glass failed: flexibility.

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JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

Smart glasses seem to really be on the rise again, perhaps for good, perhaps for a brief spurt again. But whatever the trend in smart eyewear, Tokyo-based eyewear maker JINS is putting a different spin on the device class. While most, if not all, smart glasses are content to look at the world outside, the JINS MEME smart eyewear takes a look at the world within, that is, your own body. In a nutshell, MEME tries to gauge your health simply by observing your eyes and your head movement.

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Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Smartglasses are trying to get back into the limelight after briefly being upstaged by smartwatches and even virtual reality headsets. Sony just revealed its plans to develop a display module that could turn any regular eyewear into a smart one. Now, Vuzix. who has been trying to compete, or in this case out pace, Google Glass since 2013, is announcing that its app store is open for business, ready to serve what it claims to be thousands of users of the M100 Smart Glasses that it put up for pre-order and started shipping last month.

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Sony display module aims to make any eyewear smart

Sony display module aims to make any eyewear smart

Smart glasses, while fancy and interesting, have the peculiar problem of usually being ugly, if not hard to personalize. Well, that and they could be used as instruments to invade privacy. Without giving up on the entire smart eyepiece category, Sony is trying to take a different spin on the wearable. Instead of a complete smart glass like Google Glass, Sony is developing a standalone display module instead, one that can be attached to any fashionable eyewear of your choosing and can even be used without a smartphone.

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