Top smartglasses available in 2017
The company behind Solos lays down a big claim, they say that their smartglasses are the world’s most technologically advanced smart sunglasses. The sporty looking glasses are designed for cyclists. They were actually designed with the cooperation of the USA Cycling Team for the aim of improving performance. The USA Cycling Team actually wore them while competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
The concept of the smartglasses is to make you a better cyclist. It has a small heads-up display that shows your speed, cadence, heart rate and power zones. Furthermore, it connects with your phone where you can save your favorite tracks and look at your all-time statistics.
The Solo feature a Ghost Riding mode which allows you to compete against your previous times. Just turn it on and you will get real-time feedback comparing your current performance against previous ones on the same track.
The Solos are compatible with already existing exercise apps like Straya and MapMyRide. You will also be able to use the glasses as turn-by-turn navigation, so forget about checking your phone as you ride your bike. The Solo has Bluetooth connectivity and supports BLE and ANT+ sensors.
The Solos were projected to be shipped in late 2016 but up to this point has still not shipped. It is expected that the Solo will be available for consumers before 2017 ends. You can preorder for $375 which is $125 cheaper than the MSRP.
Osterhout Design Group’s R7 SmartGlass
ODG also brands themselves as being responsible for the world’s most advanced AR Smartglasses. These pairs are indeed quite astonishing when you take a closer look. They are untethered, fully integrated platforms, with impressive HD stereoscopic 3D displays.
They are run by a 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. The glasses come with 64GB of internal storage. Furthermore they are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 enabled. On each lens of the R7 you will find a 720p see through display which projects at 80fps with a 37 degree FOV. With the 4 MP autofocus camera you can record 1080p video at 60fps. For gaze positioning the R7 uses a gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometers. The whole platform is based on ReticleOS Custom Framework on Android Kit Kat.
The R7 is already available for purchase at $2,750 which is understandably pricey for many people. If you have time to spare you might want to wait for ODG’s release of their R8 and R9 models which is supposed to come in Q3 of 2017.
Vuzix Blade 3000
The Vuzix Blade 3000 looks slick, from a short distance you can’t even tell it is a pair of smart glasses. It’s also not only pretty from the outside – what is under the hood is also quite eye-catching.
With the Blade 3000 you can check and post to social media, take calls, check messages, listen to music, perform web searches, receive geo-specific content and more.
The Blade 3000’s display is projected onto the right lens of the glasses. What you see is a vivid, full color, high resolution display.
For your location and gaze tracking the Blade 3000 uses a built-in GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer and hull sensors from Myriad sensors.
There are a couple of ways to control the glasses. First off, you can use voice commands through the noise-canceling mic. And second of all, you can use a touch pad with uses vibration feedback to control the device with swipes and touches.
The device has an internal 64GB storage module, a MicroSD expansion slot, a Micro USB port, 7MP camera that allows 1080p video recording and is Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi enabled. The Blade 3000 is powered by Android 5.0 and a quad-core ARM CPU.
Vuzix plans to release the Blade 3000 in the second half of 2017 for about $1,000.
This is a pair of augmented reality viewer made for board game lovers to have fun with. The CastAR is designed for tabletop gaming. It projects hologram-like images into real life using a retro-reflective material that is laid on a flat surface and two micro-projectors. If you want to see soldiers battling, or you want to play a game of virtual battleship on top of your kitchen table, you will be able to do so with the CastAR. Move around the projection to see what’s going on from all sides or look on top of the projection for a bird’s eye view.
With your CastAR you will receive a so called Magic Wand to help you interact with the projections. You can move augmented objects and select them among other options depending which game you are playing with the CastAR.
In late 2016 the company behind CastAR announced that they will be returning $1 million in Kickstarter money back to its supporters. This is because CastAR recently raised $15 million in venture capital from Playground Global. This investment will certainly translate into a final product which is top of the line. You can expect a consumer level release of the CastAP sometime in 2017.
While we are used relating AR of VR with smart glasses, the Vue doesn’t do any of those. These pair of smart glasses do delivers some quite interesting features.
The most intriguing probably being the bone conduction technology that allows you to listen to music or other audio without the use of earphones. With a touchpad you can make and take calls and also control your music. The music playback is quite well considering this is the first time such technology is coming on a consumer level.
Furthermore it has other features like Find My Glasses, gesture control, wireless charging and has up to 7 days of standby time. All of this without looking like ordinary, bulky smart glasses. They are actually quite indistinguishable from a normal pair of eyeglasses.
What would also be welcoming to many people is that they function as any other pair of glasses in the sense of you can order them with prescription lenses or as sunglasses.
While Vue’s Kickstarter page is still active, it will gives you a chance to buy a pair for 33% of the projected retail price. The glasses are planned to be shipped as early as July of 2017.
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