Smart glasses have been considered a big breakthrough in the development of wearable electronics for quite some time. Visualizing information right in front of your eyes is a task that startups and large market players are actively trying to implement.
The concept became very popular after the presentation of Google Glass, but has not yet become widespread.
According to rumors, both Facebook and Apple are working on their own projects of augmented reality devices to combine the virtual and physical worlds.
Google, after the failure of the Glass project, is also not giving up: the company acquired the manufacturer of smart glasses North and is already working on new gadgets.
Life after Google Smart Glasses
While the big players are hard at work on their devices, startups are pushing their solutions to the market. And new devices are quite sophisticated gadgets. We get the ability to track daily activity, adjust sound and control music in headphones, activate voice assistants. But there are also simple devices that only allow you to shoot a video or take a photo.
Let's take a Closer Look at the most interesting models.
What is AR Smart glasses?
When people talk about augmented reality glasses, they mean a technology that allows you to combine information from the virtual world and the real one. As a rule, information is displayed on a small display built into one of the lenses of the glasses. The most popular solution is to duplicate smartphone information, such as navigation or toast notification.
The AR Glasses: The Augmented Reality Glasses
Vuzix Blade Smart glasses
Vuzix Blade became the leader thanks to the exit from the market of North Focal (more on this below).
Blade uses technology to project a full color HD display onto the right lens. This is the first pair of truly useful commercial glasses. They are certainly not Oakley or Ray Ban, but they don’t look alien.
Perhaps the most capacious characteristic of the devices will be comparing them with smart watches of the first generation. This is a good first step towards advanced technology in a decent frame, but there is still work to be done.
When I first met the model, the Vuzix app store was very sparse. The functionality involved controlling music, camera, viewing images and some simple games. Since then, there have been big-name apps like Netflix, Zoom, Amazon Alexa, and even DJI drone support.
The display is really good and even the photos look bright and sharp. The glasses have a built-in 8-megapixel camera with 4GB of memory for storing information. Battery life, then the charge of the gadget is enough for 3-4 hours.
Blade AR is one of the best gadgets on the market.
Epson Moverio BT-300
While the Vuzix Blade demonstrates trends in the design of similar devices in the near future, the Epson BT-300 focuses primarily on technology.
They managed to move away from the frankly awkward design of its predecessor, get rid of excess weight and improve the clarity of the display (the resolution is now HD720).
There’s also a built-in 5MP front-facing camera, and it’s all powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor with Android software. In terms of interfaces, everything is fine too: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Miracast provide connection to a wide range of gadgets. Moverio’s own app store offers several options, including Sky Map and AR flight simulator.
Epson’s smart glasses have always been focused on the business segment, but the BT-300 is much more interesting. There is even a dedicated version for controlling a DJI drone.
Best Bike Smart Glasses
The company has tried to create a gadget useful for the cyclist. The glasses have a small display that allows you to view a large amount of data in real time, including speed, cadence, heart rate and timeliness of energy replenishment. The device was supposed to be released back in 2016, however they had FCC certification until recently.
The gadget is compatible with the popular sports apps Strava and MapMyRide, and has its own navigation. The glasses can be connected to compatible Bluetooth and ANT + devices, if necessary. By the way, Solos has already been used by the American cycling team, so the startup received recommendations from eminent athletes.
In general, users leave positive feedback on the experience of using the gadget. They are lightweight and can be used for more than just cycling.
Every sight Raptor
The Israeli company Everysight has extensive experience in creating devices and gadgets for military needs, and decided to create its own glasses for cyclists, with augmented reality function.
The basis of the model is a system of OLED projectors. The gadget displays locations on the map (navigation), broadcasts information about the user’s heartbeat and records many other useful data about the trip.
A camera is built into the body of the device, offering breathtaking shots like an action camera and the possibility of voice commands. At the moment, the company is making efforts to motivate software developers to create software for glasses.
The gadget is more expensive than Solos, but it is easy to use, has an excellent display, convenient training modes.