smart glasses

Apple’s AR glasses are closer than we thought says analyst

Apple’s AR glasses are closer than we thought says analyst

Apple has been working on integrating augmented reality capabilities in its devices for quite some time now, and naturally, that's led to talk of Apple making some kind of augmented reality headset of its own. Rumors of such a headset have persisted for years at this point, and after all that talk, we may finally see Apple's AR hardware launch at some point next year.

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Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses have been on adverts, movies and the news for decades now. From Google Glass way back in 2012, to Peter Parker’s EDITH spectacles, we’ve seen why there’s certainly a place for tech like this in our world. These technologically enhanced spectacles come with all sorts of tricks up its sleeve, from inbuilt sensors and cameras. Most also have Augmented Reality or Heads-Up Displays (HUD), like what you’ll find in Iron Man’s helmet - Despite this awareness, smart glasses have never really kicked off, even after being in mass production for many years now.

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Amazon Echo Frames hands-on: Alexa’s audio-only smart glasses

Amazon Echo Frames hands-on: Alexa’s audio-only smart glasses

Smart glasses may bring to mind complex augmented reality eyewear, but Amazon's Echo Frames are taking a more focused approach with Alexa using audio alone. Announced at today's hectic Amazon hardware event, the Alexa smart glasses are part of what the retailer is calling its Day 1 Editions range: products it's experimenting with, and will be offering to buyers by invitation only.

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Apple’s latest work on AR glasses

Apple’s latest work on AR glasses

A USPTO patent application was made public today as filed by Apple back in March of 2019 for a so-called "Display Device." This device is also described in the patent as "an augmented reality headset." The details of this patent - the drawings, the methods - aren't nearly as important as the patent's filing details. Let's take a peek at where Apple's at when it comes to working with augmented reality holograms in a pair of smart glasses.

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North Focals smart glasses in-app sizing skips the store visit

North Focals smart glasses in-app sizing skips the store visit

North's Focals smart glasses are about to get much easier to buy, with a new measuring app using the iPhone TrueDepth camera to correctly size the connected eyewear, rather than demanding an in-person fitting. Addressing one of the biggest complaints of Focals, which launched last year, the online ordering should make the smart glasses much easier to try.

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nreal light glasses aim to bring mixed reality to the masses

nreal light glasses aim to bring mixed reality to the masses

Computer makers, platform developers, and even Facebook have all been gushing over XR, that new term that embraces virtual, augmented, and mixed reality but many if not all of them have mostly the high-end market in mind. Considering the prohibitive cost of components, few have made their technologies and hardware easily within reach of consumers. At MWC earlier this year, Chinese startup nreal promised a ready to wear and affordable mixed reality headset and it's now making good on that promise with the nreal light.

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New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

Google buried the lede with their newest Google Glass press release, focusing on the newest device rather than the group's biggest move to date. The group responsible for Google Glass will, for the first time since inception, move from Alphabet's "X" to Google proper. This move was made, according to Google, to "meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace and to better scale our enterprise efforts."

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North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North's Focals smart glasses are becoming more aware of what's going on around you, with a new conversation detection mode promising to minimize distractions while you're engaged in real life. The new feature is part of North's latest update for the digitally-upgraded glasses, rolling out from today.

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North Focals smart glasses just got a lot more affordable

North Focals smart glasses just got a lot more affordable

North's Focals smart glasses are getting significantly more affordable, with the discreet wearable display slicing hundreds off its sticker price as the company tries to make it easier for potential customers to try the eyewear on. North is launching a pop-up showroom for Focals in Seattle on February 19, which will then travel down the coast to San Francisco.

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Lumus’ new smart glasses displays are AR for everyone

Lumus’ new smart glasses displays are AR for everyone

Smart glasses are coming, and since augmented reality wearables need to be closer to designer sunglasses than they are to Google Glass, transparent displays need to raise their game. That's just what smart eyewear display specialist Lumus is doing, bringing along its latest Sleek display prototype to CES 2019 this week to show how AR could have mass-market appeal.

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Vuzix Blade smart glasses on sale as a $999 AR eye-upgrade

Vuzix Blade smart glasses on sale as a $999 AR eye-upgrade

Vuzix has brought its Blade AR smart glasses to CES for the past couple of years, but ahead of CES 2019, it's shaking things up a bit. Though we still expect Vuzix to have the Blade on hand at CES, it's doing things a bit differently this year by putting the AR specs up for pre-order. Developers, enterprise customers, and enthusiast consumers who want to get in on the ground floor can pick up a pair beginning today.

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North Focals grabbed Intel Vaunt tech for AR smart glasses shortcut

North Focals grabbed Intel Vaunt tech for AR smart glasses shortcut

Discreet AR glasses company North's Focals smart specs sounded a lot like Intel's ill-fated Vaunt project, and it turns out that's with good reason. The startup - formally known as Thalmic Labs - got a boost to its patent portfolio by acquiring the patents and gadgetry Intel had developed for its project, it's been confirmed.

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