Will smart glasses surpass smartphones?
Given our efforts to technologically update all our features, which enable a better cooperation with our AR partner Wikitude and our efforts to work on solutions for smart glasses providers and potential customers like Epson, we’d like to give you an update on the best smart glasses of 2016 until now.
Facebook’s 10 year plan and the bright future of smart glasses
Facebook’s F8 developer conference just took place in San Francisco with an opening keynote from Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. Introducing Facebook’s 10 year plan, he talked about his vision of “normal-looking glasses that can do both virtual and augmented reality”.
So the direction is clear: smart glasses that are less bulky, stylish and wearable on a daily basis.
The non-profit organization AugmentedReality.org even claims that smart glasses are set to trump smartphones in terms of the number of users within the next ten years. The organization published a report which says that shipments of smart glasses will hit the 1 billion mark in 2020 and will have surpassed the amount of shipments of mobile phones by 2025.
The current offer of smart glasses
Even if those claims are far fetched or in fact they turn out to be true, let us check out some of the products the industry has to offer at the moment:
Vuzix’s new set of glasses are built for enterprises. In comparison to their former model, the M100, the new design is more comfortable to wear. To name some of the specs, the Vuzix M300 runs on the latest version of Android with 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. The model also offers a 13-megapixel camera and dual cancelling microphones and for companies who want to try them out, Vuzix is now shipping a M100 package, and the M300 once they launch. The price is at € 1,669.99.
We’ve already talked about the new Epson model in a previous blog post, but we’ll give you a short overview again.
The BT-300 is lighter and less clunky than its predecessor. It offers a new display, a much improved resolution and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Epson’s glasses have been quite business-focused but the new model also offers the prospect of using them in the gym for example to race in virtual environments.
ODG’s smart glasses are designed for Governments and enterprises and offer a 3D stereoscopic see-through HD display and stereo sound. The set of glasses which have swappable lenses, also include Wi-Fi, GPS, a gyroscope and a humidity and altitude sensor. In addition to this, the built-in autofocus camera also makes it possible to record 1080p full HD videos. The glasses are already being shipped and cost $2,750.
The Recon Jet glasses were designed for cyclists and have plenty of features on offer ranging from a HD-camera to a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a magnetometer, an altimeter, a thermometer and a GPS receiver. The pair of glasses also shows the cyclists their detailed ride statistics directly in front of their eyes.
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P.s: Another fun fact you can read about soon: Snapchat is supposedly building a pair of smart glasses as well. Stay tuned to read more about it!