Google Project Glass, there is a new competitor in town! Vuzix just revealed a new wearable Android device called Smart Glasses M100 which will be on display at CES 2013! By the end of this year Vuzix plans to release the developer kit for their Smart Glasses for around 800 Euros. The company hopes to sell the Smart Glasses themselves for around 500 Euro according to their Facebook page.
Vuzix’s Smart Glasses M100 look like a large Bluetooth headset, but with Android Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, they can obviously do a whole lot more. The device has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth integrated, a 720p HD camera, head movement sensors and is in cahoots with your iOS smartphone or Android handset for a bundle of augmented reality applications. It also has GPS and a compass
The display acts like a 4 inch display when positioned about 14 inches from your eye. It has a WQVGA resolution, over 2,000 nits of brightness and a 16:9 aspect ratio. When making calls or doing speech commands, it uses a noise canceling microphone.
The Smart Glasses can support up to an 8 GB memory card and have 4 GB of Flash memory onboard. The gadget runs on a 1 GHz OMAP4430 processor with 1 GB RAM. As far as battery life is concerned, the M100 gets 8 hours of hands free use and 2 hours of hands-free use while using the display. Obviously battery consumption is a huge problem. If you want to use all the device’s functions simultaneously, it’ll last you about 1 hour before all the juice is sucked out.
Vuzix is making a brave leap forward with this crazy gadget and making the astonishing concept Google wowed us with a reality, albiet an impractical one. It will be fascinating to see where this technology goes in the future. I know I’m eagerly awaiting more info on Google’s Project Glass!