New coming technologies – Smart Glasses
In this series we will introduce the coming technology that will become mainstream soon. One of the new technology that is now bring a changing era is Smart Glasses.
About Smart Glasses:
Smartglasses or smart glasses are wearable computer glasses that add information alongside or to what the wearer sees. Typically this is achieved through an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) or embedded wireless glasses with transparent heads-up display (HUD) or augmented reality (AR) overlay. That has the capability of reflecting projected digital images as well as allowing the user to see through it, or see better with it.
Variable Smart Glasses in market are:
- Safilo X: Toronto-based wearable tech company InterAxon and Italian Safilo Group have partnered up to create the Safilo X. A line of brain-sensing glasses and sunglasses aimed at improving your performance under pressure.
- Google Glasses: Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by X (previously Google X) with the mission of producing an ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displayed information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicated with the Internet via natural language voice commands. Google started selling a prototype of Google Glass to qualified “Glass Explorers” in the US on April 15, 2013, for a limited period for $1,500, before it became available to the public on May 15, 2014. It also had a camera attached to it.
- Vuzix Blade 3000: Vuzix Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses is provide a wearable smart display with a see-through viewing experience utilizing Vuzix’ proprietary waveguide optics and Cobra II display engine. It’s like having your computer or smartphone screen information with you wherever you go. Blade 3000 Sunglasses with vibrant full color monocular display does it all with style and performance, providing immediate heads up access to information that wearers would normally have to view by looking down at their smartphone or smartwatch.
- Vue: Vue’s prescription glasses and smartglasses are the product of a $2m Kickstarter campaign that was aiming to ship the smart glasses by July 2017. However, thanks to some technical challenges, they’ve been delayed to October 2016. Tagline of Vue “Vue: Your Everyday Smart Glasses”
- Solos: Solos is a Smart Glasses for Cyclists. Solos™ is designed to feel like your existing cycling glasses, which is why they are lightweight, aerodynamic and designed with human ergonomics in mind. That doesn’t mean that the technology doesn’t pack a punch. Solos leverages technologies developed for US Military Joint Strike Fighter pilots, putting you at the cutting edge of head-up display innovation.
Safety considerations of using Smart Glasses:
On 31 July 2013 it was reported that driving while wearing Google Glass is likely to be banned in the UK, being deemed careless driving. Therefore a fixed penalty offense, following a decision by the Department for Transport. In the U.S., West Virginia state representative Gary G. Howell introduced an amendment in March 2013 to the state’s law against texting. While driving that would include bans against “using a wearable computer with head mounted display.
In October 2013, a driver in California was ticketed for “driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)” after being pulled over for speeding by a San Diego Police Department officer. The driver was reportedly the first to be ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass. While the judge noted that ‘Google Glass fell under “the purview and intent” of the ban on driving with a monitor’, the case was thrown out of court due to lack of proof the device was on at the time.