smart glasses

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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Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

Bose Frames are sunglasses with speakers (and AR)

The folks at Bose revealed a new sort of product called Frames today. Bose Frames are sunglasses that have their own speakers built in. Each pair of Frames is connected via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone and provide wireless access to virtual assistants as well as sounds of all sorts. While the speakers are external, they're still relatively private - aimed at the user and kept from the rest of the world with some interesting directional sound tech.

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North Focals are $1k smart glasses designed for subtlety

North Focals are $1k smart glasses designed for subtlety

Smart glasses are arguably the wearable with the most promise for discreet data consumption, and North - formerly known as Thalmic Labs - believes we'll pay $1,000 for custom set of specs to deliver that. The company previously tried to corner the wearable market with a totally different limb, offering the motion-tracking Myo armband. Now, it's back for your face.

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Apple smart glasses practically confirmed by new acquisition

Apple smart glasses practically confirmed by new acquisition

It’s really no secret that Apple, or at least CEO Tim Cook, believes in augmented reality, at least more than virtual reality. It does, after all, have ARCore but nothing equivalent for VR. But like its self-driving car, the company has been unsurprisingly mum about its plans to make and sell an AR product of its own. Actions, however, speak louder than words and buying a startup that focuses on AR lenses is pretty much the smoking gun we could be looking for.

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New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

This week the folks at Epson behind their wild but little-known smart glasses line MOVERIO revealed their latest set for sale online. These are the new model MOVERIO BT-35E Smart Glasses. In the MOVERIO Smart Glasses from Epson is one of the most advanced examples of industrial-grade augmented reality glasses technology in the world. This newest version of the glasses includes 720p HD Resolution and the equivalent of an 80" projected screen size measured at 16.4ft. This pair of glasses works with 100,000:1 contrast ratio with Si-OLED binocular display.

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At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

Apple's message at WWDC 2018 that we're too attached to our iPhone seems, for a company the fortunes of which are so closely tied to its smartphone, a strange one. From iOS 12's Screen Time tattling on the apps you're most addicted to, to watchOS 5's increasing independence, you'd almost think Apple was having a change of heart after a decade of making iPhones.

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Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Apple is using machine learning to make augmented reality objects more realistic in iOS 12, using smart environment texturing that can predict reflections, lighting, and more. The new feature, being added in ARKit 2.0, uses on-device processing to better integrate virtual objects with their real-world counterparts, blurring the lines between what's computer-generated and what's authentic.

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Porsche AR smartglasses get green light to cut service times

Porsche AR smartglasses get green light to cut service times

Porsche is bringing augmented reality to its dealerships, putting AR smart glasses into the service centers of its 189 US locations to shorten repair times. Dubbed Porsche Tech Live Look, the system began as a pilot last year, but is now being expanded more broadly after the automaker found it dramatically improves service efficiency.

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SOLOS AR smart glasses are made for athletes: now available

SOLOS AR smart glasses are made for athletes: now available

SOLOS has launched its latest generation augmented reality smart glasses, a model designed for cyclists and other athletes. These smart glasses were first unveiled during CES 2018 as what SOLOS says is the world's lightest model of its kind. Though targeted at consumers, they're specifically for fitness enthusiasts, cyclists, and other sporty people.

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Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple's first AR/VR product is shaping up to be more like HTC VIVE Pro than Google Glass, and that's probably a good thing in the long run. If the latest leaks are true, the Cupertino company's first steps into augmented reality and virtual reality hardware will be a more streamlined version of the tethered experience slowly gaining traction among gamers. That may be less exciting than sci-fi style AR eyeglasses, but it's certainly more sensible.

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Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles v2 are out - that's Snapchat Spectacles 2.0, according to Snap. Today we're having a look at the differences between the new Snapchat photo and video-recording glasses and their predecessor. At first glance, you might not be able to tell the difference - but once you're behind the lenses, you'll be running with heat.

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