smart glasses

Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Will Apple succeed in a market where Google miserably failed? That will probably be the biggest question that will come to anyone’s mind on hearing about Cupertino’s latest moonshot project. According to the usual insider sources, Apple is already taking baby steps towards potential digital glasses, ala Google Glass pictured above. Though there’s always a chance it would never see the light of day, such a wearable device could be its ticket into the augmented reality market.

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Vue Smart Glasses feature bone conduction audio and track activity

Vue Smart Glasses feature bone conduction audio and track activity

Vue Smart Glasses have turned up on Kickstarter and they look more like normal glasses than other smart glasses we have talked about before. Take the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, they would never be confused for normal eyewear. The Vue Smart Glasses on the other hand can be fitted with prescription lenses, clear lenses, or tinted/transition lenses for sunglasses and look like normal glasses.

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Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat has revealed its first hardware product, the Snapchat Spectacles, taking a more playful (and affordable) approach to wearable video capture than Google Glass. Resembling at first glance a set of regular, rounded sunglasses, albeit with oversized hinges, the eyewear includes a wide-angle camera on one side.

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Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

This week was filled with announcements of new and upcoming products but, somewhat ironically, Toshiba did the opposite. It revealed that it is canceling its Wearvue product, a Google Glass like that, like the rumored next gen Glass, was intended for the enterprise instead of consumers. What's amusing is how Toshiba canceled the device just a month after it was announced and just a week before it was meant to go on sale. Rather than an isolated case, however, it could be an indicator of a shift in the market.

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MAD Glass smart glass runs Android

MAD Glass smart glass runs Android

A new type of smart glasses has debuted called MAD Glass and it claims to have the functions of a smartphone and more. The wearable monocle is designed to attach to the side of glasses you wear and overlay all sorts of augmented reality information on the world around you.

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Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

A patent revealed this week suggests that not only is Google still working on smart contact lenses, they've got all kinds of body-mountable devices on the books. While we've not heard from Google about this Google X project since March - and even then just inside another patent - it's clear that there's work being done behind the scenes. This particular patent doesn't concentrate so much on the health-monitoring aspects of the lens, instead focusing on the user interface. Instead of working on your glucose, these devices will change the channel on your television.

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Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Let's face it. Consumers are probably not going to wear anything resembling Google Glass any time soon. But while consumer smart glasses might have gone out of fashion, or was never really in fashion, these smart eyewear are able to find a home in other use cases, like sports and industrial settings. Epson's Moverio line answers the call of the latter. Its latest, the BT-2000, adds more than just a zero to last year's model. It augments the smart headset with an array of new features that truly make the glasses smarter.

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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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Ayo smart glasses pipe artificial sunlight to your eyeballs

Ayo smart glasses pipe artificial sunlight to your eyeballs

The market is full of so-called "artificial suns", which produce light meant to replicate what you get from the sun. Those who keep odd schedules or frequently travel use the lights to help battle against tiredness or to reset a sleep schedule. A new pair of smart glasses aims to do the same thing, but with a twist: the light is provided near one's eyes, something the makers claim has a bunch of positive effects like making one feel alert at night without interfering with one's vision.

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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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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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