Vuzix M100 first consumer smart glasses to ship out before Google Glass
3rd Dec 2013 | 19:28
The Vuzix M100 is officially on sale for non-developer preorders on the Vuzix website, making it the world's first commercially available "Smart Glasses" well before anyone else including Google.
The Vuzix M100 is an Android-based wearable computer quipped with a single, miniature LCD display. The device is also capable of video recording through a 1080p 5-megapixel camera, has direct onboard video capture processing for "lag-free" Augmented Reality, and can wirelessly connect with smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.
The M100 glasses are powered by a 1GHz OMAP4430 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage running on a 600 mAh battery. On the exterior of the somewhat large earpiece is also a MicroSD slot for expansions, four control buttons and a microphone.
It also has a complete array of sensors to detect ambient light and proximity, as well as a gyro and accelerometer.
Who is it for?
Based on specs and looks, the Vuzix M100 is a bit more like wearing a computer on the side of your face. Vuzix touts the M100 smart glasses as being well-suited for a variety of industrial, medical, retail and prosumer applications.
To help consumers realize its potential, the M100 is also slated to come with a number of pre-installed apps and it is also compatible with "thousands" of existing Android apps.
The M100 smart glasses are available in gray and white and currently priced at $999.99 (approximately £609.39 or AUD$1,096.54). Meanwhile, Vuzix claims that orders should begin to arrive to buyers within two to four weeks.