Personal Heads-Up Display: Tech Company Vuzix Unveils Its New AR Glasses

Friday, 04 January 2019 - 1:14PM
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Friday, 04 January 2019 - 1:14PM
Personal Heads-Up Display: Tech Company Vuzix Unveils Its New AR Glasses
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Augmented reality may become a bigger hit than full-on VR technology, but AR wearables still live in the shadow of Google Glass' failure. Vuzix hopes that their new glasses can change all that. After unveiling the latest version of the long-awaited Blade 'smart glasses' at the Consumer Electronics Showcase, the company announced that they would make the glasses available to consumers for $1,000.

There's a couple things to note about the Blade. First, it's primarily meant to be a companion to your smart phone—you can control and view your phone with the glasses, and the intent is similar to the Apple Watch's goal of keeping you from dipping into your pocket all the time to check your notifications. Second, it's not a full-fledged AR device quite yet—though the glasses will be able to eventually bolster its video/camera functionality with some AR functions and potentially incorporate facial recognition, it's mostly a smart device for your eyes: a personal Heads-Up Display (HUD). Still, it uses the same waveguide technology as Magic Leap and Microsoft's HoloLens, and may eventually be able to run 3D simulation programs.

In addition, the Blade is planned to be integrated with Google and Amazon's digital assistants and allow users to stream video right onto their lenses. The glasses themselves are packed with various functions, including full-color displays, an 8 megapixel camera, voice controls, WiFi connectivity, touch pads, and actual sunglass lenses that protect your eyes from UV. Most importantly, it looks like a pair of nondescript sunglasses, rather than a piece of Borg eyewear like Google Glass. According to the official site, wearing a Blade is "like having your computer or smartphone screen information with you wherever you go." Of course, your smart phone is also with you wherever you go, and doesn't cost an additional $1,000 to look at.

You can check out the official website for the Vuzix Blade here.

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