Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses take on Google's Project Glass
Android-powered wearable due to launch early next year
Vuzix has released details of a device it hopes will take on Google's Project Glass: the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 headset.
Built around the same Android software platform as Google's as-yet unreleased Project Glass prototype, the Smart Glasses M100 headset includes integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 720p high-definition front-facing camera, head-tracking sensors and a virtual display eyepiece designed to project an image without distracting the user.
Using the device, which is worn like a Bluetooth headset and can be paired with a smartphone for on-the-go network connectivity, users can make hands-free voice calls, take images and video, browse the internet and access SMS and email messages. Augmented reality navigation, in which the map and directions are overlaid onto the real world, is also possible, as is using existing software such as Google Maps which ties in to the headset's digital compass and GPS hardware.
The virtual display, Vuzix claims, offers a 2,000-nit brightness setting for easy visibility in outdoor environments and simulates looking at a 4in smartphone display from a distance of around 14in. Vuzix claims the M100 should get around eight hours from a single charge of its internal battery for when making calls - although this sadly drops to just two hours if the display is active.
Pricing for the M100 has yet to be revealed, with a launch planned for early next year.