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Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 hands-on

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 hands-on

Google's Project Glass may have made the augmented reality headlines in 2012, but Vuzix's Smart Glasses M100 is set to be the first wearable on sale in 2013. Packing a full Android-based computer in a headpiece, with an eye-mounted 800 x 480 display and both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the M100 is at CES 2013 in prototype form, ahead of a launch at "under $500" later in the year. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 takes on Google Glass in 2013

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 takes on Google Glass in 2013

Vuzix has revealed its challenge to Google's Glass, the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a wearable Android computer set to hit the market in early 2013. Resembling an oversized Bluetooth headset, the Ice Cream Sandwich-based M100 consists of a virtual display eyepiece, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors, and can work in partnership with your iOS or Android smartphone for all manner of augmented reality applications.

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Raspberry Pi takes on Google’s Project Glass

Raspberry Pi takes on Google’s Project Glass

The developer / engineer known as Will Powell has taken some precise steps towards making Google's Project Glass augmented reality headset look positively late to the market, and Raspberry Pi is his next big leap. What you're about to see in the video below is a quick demonstration of how Powell has taken the Vuzix 1200 Star heads-up glasses and made them next-level awesome by utilizing the ultra-inexpensive and super cute computer known as Raspberry Pi. Though they do take a while to boot up from dead, the whole process is more than promising - it's downright exciting!

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Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Being an early-adopter is seldom cheap, but is Google having a laugh with its $1,500 Project Glass Explorer Edition? Put up for surprise pre-order at Google IO today - though not expected to ship until early next year - the search giant demands a hefty sum for those wanting to augment their reality early. Cutting edge costs, sure, but there's the potential for significantly more affordable options that could be here just as soon as Google Glass is.

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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Project Glass may have stolen attention over the past 24hrs, but Google isn't the only company working on wearable displays; in fact, Nokia has been playing with the technology for several years, quietly inking deals along the way. As far back as 2009, Nokia was showing off its own alternative to the Project Glass concept video, dubbed Nokia Mixed Reality, with a similar mixture of streaming information and location-based services.

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Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC BIGLOBE have partnered on cloud-connected Augmented Reality glasses, a wearable display that can identify people and match them with their Facebook and Twitter profiles, in an apparent attempt to get in ahead of Google's HUD Smart Glasses. Based on Vuzix's STAR series of AR video eyewear, which we made fools of ourselves wearing last September, the concept demo uses the headset's integrated camera and a persistent wireless web connection to NEC BIGLOBE's servers, though the potential applications go much further than simply showing you your neighbors latest tweets.

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Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES

Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES

Wearable technology is big at CES this year, and head-mounted display specialist Vuzix isn't about to be left behind. According to some preview images found by Bacon After Dark, the company will partner with UbiSoft and Nokia to bring some of the fancy headgear that the soldiers in the latest Ghost Recon game to life. They're developing a real-world heads-up display for the upcoming game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier that will bring elements of a traditional shooter HUD off the screen, and onto a scifi-style headset of your very own.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix is promising Terminator-style augmented reality head-up displays, without the geeky oversized specs usually associated with the tech, in its new streamlined Smart Glasses. Built around a pair of reasonably ordinary-looking sunglasses, Vuzix's Smart Glasses use some licensed Nokia IP to fit a 1.4mm waveguide lens and a tiny display engine into frames that won't leave you looking like an 70s throwback.

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