I have such mixed emotions about the whole wearable tech- smart glasses hoopla. There is a part of me, that sees the value of wearable tech, in learning skills, in operating theaters, in emergency situations, on battlefields.. but the whole privacy issue has me nervous and the fact that wearable tech will make us even lazier than we are now. Skill sets such as the ability to read a map are gone.. I mean ask anyone under 30 if they know how to read a map? Ask them if they have any directional sense without a GPS?
That said, wearable tech is here to say, with the biggest growth to be focussed on health, in the form of watches, wristbands and of course smart glasses .
- Berg Insight has forecasted the sales of smart glasses, smart watches and wearable fitness trackers reached 8.3 million units worldwide in 2012, up from 3.1 million devices in 2011.
- Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent, total shipments of wearable technology devices are expected to reach 64.0 million units in 2017,
- With the AR market expected to reach $659.98 million by 2018, many factors will contribute to its success, including design, performance and features
- smart watches are predicted to incorporate much of the functionality of these and will then be the largest wearable device segment.
- Forrester Research recently reported that over 20 million U.S. consumers are willing to wear augmented reality devices. ,
- IHS forecasted that the adoption of AR in smart-glass devices will drive volumes of 10 million units through to 2016.
- Other examples of useful apps on smart eyewear devices include foreign language translation, as developed by DoCoMo, for tourists visiting Japan
- or example, with one in 10 workers operating without desks, wearable smart eyewear offers the best way to provide the benefits of access to computing and corporate data on the go. Enterprise deployments of AR-enabled applications include stock picking in warehouses, virtual manuals and sales demonstrations that allow consumers to see products in their own home before purchasing.
1.) Sony is said to be working on SmartGlasses. They already have 3D eyewear and eyewear for the visually and hearing impaired, called Entertainment Access Glasses,. Big in gaming Sony offers a head mounted gaming eyewear, the Personal 3D Viewer. In June of 2012 filed a patent for smart glasses (see post Sony’s Technology Eyewear. Both Engadget reported on a Sony patent filing for a smart glasses and TechCrunch have reported on Sony. TechCrunch’s post was on a Sony patent for Augmented Reality Eyewear.
2.) We reported on our Tech Tuesday- Microsoft’s Eyeglasses– Also in November of 2012 Microsoft patent for Augmented Reality Eyewear was discovered. Filed in May of 2011, the patent discussed things like Augmented Reality and gaming. The Verge reported it included plans for Kinect Glasses (Project Fortaleza) which would be Wi-Fi or 4G connected augmented reality glasses capable of enhancing gaming in the living room at home or enhancing the real world when worn out and about.
3.) Apple iGlass- Of course Apple is not going to let google or anyone else take away smart glasses. The watch is reported to be coming out in 2014 and we assume the eyewear will soon follow. Free Patents Online shows an Apple patent that refers to “Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user.” There have been speculations on what Apple’s iGlass would look like.
4.) Vuzix Smart Glasses M100- Vuzix, is known for their Smart Eyewear including video eyewear. AT the CES show in January of 2013, Vuzix M100 was introduced. . GPS, head teacher, microphone, speaker, camera, 8GB of flash storage. Hooks with iPhone or Android. See our post: Vuzix Launches New Digital Video Eyewear 1200DX
5.) Recon Jet Glasses- Recon which has also licensed out to Zeal Optics has the Recon Jet smart glasses. This exclusively for sports and has 1 GB of Ram, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, camera, speaker and microphone. Cost will be from $500. See Recon Jet Pilot Edition
6.) Meta Augmented Reality Glasses– This is a real augmented reality glasses. They raised almost $200,000 on Kickstarter for the Space Glasses. Delivery is to be in April of 2014 and will be priced from $500. View their Video here. and our post here: Space Glasses Make Your World 3D
7.) Samsung’s Answer To Google Glass– Of course if Sony is in Smart glasses, you know Samsung is in it too. The Wall Street Journal reported in October a patent filing from Samsung for SmartGlasses.
8.) Olympus MEG4.0- When Google revealed their Smart Glass, Olympus reported their smart glasses in July of 2012. Oympus MEG4.0 can be connected to our device via Bluetooth connection. In addition, this smart glasses also has been equipped with Olympus proprietary optical technology, 320 x 240 QVGA screen, 8 hours battery life, intermittent display mode to activate the device every 3 minutes for 15 seconds, and accelerometer (Source) , A Japanese patent application from Olympus was uncovered by Egami blog.
9.) Oakley Smart Glasses- Oakley has always been known for their tech eyewear. They were among the first to do BlueTooth, the Oakley’s Thump mp3-compatible sunglasses, and O ROKR PROs uses bluetooth to integrate with music players. They also have 3D eyewear and Oakley Airwave ski goggles, provide sa heads-up display and navigation for skiers. A patent was filed by Oakley last year for a wearable device that has an audio visual interface.
10.) GlassUp (Tech Tuesday: GlassUp- Eyewear That Keeps You Up On The News Another crowd-sourced eyewear company called GlassUp has received a ton of press with their smart eyewear. Get email, text pop and of course navigation.
11.) Oculon Smart Glasses at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, Oculon Optoelectronics introduces a prototype smart glass.. Laptop Magazine reported n the Oculon Smart Glasses, which are to be more or less a private label type of product.
12. Optinvent ORA Digital Eyewear- A French company called Optinvent has been working on augmented reality glasses for a number of years now. It eventually showed off its head-mounted display, dubbed ORA, in June this year. These augmented reality glasses could be used for navigation, messaging, watching video, and gaming. ORA would hook up to your computer or smartphone via Wi-Fi. The device itself will also include various sensors, a camera, microphone, and loudspeaker, and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s based on a proprietary platform and developers can sign up for the SDK now. Optinvent claims the construction from “low cost molded plastic optical elements” makes it much cheaper than the competition.
13.) Epiphany Eyewear- Another crowd-sourced wearable tech eyeglass company is. Epiphany Eyewear. They come with HD digital video camera built-in for one-touch recording, 8GB ($300), 16GB ($400), or 32GB ($500), a USB plug for recharging and data transfer. Hook up with a tablet or smartphone, use the YouGenTV app to stream.
14.) Nissan Takes on Goggle Glass: The Nissan 3E– Shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Nissan 3E Smartglasses are meant to have Nissan drivers experience driving better?
15.) ICIS Smart Eyewear Launches– Another Crowd-Sourced wearable technology Eyewear: Icis is ’prescription eyewear that you can use to display notifications from your social networks and turn-by-turn directions in your field of vision. The eyewear will come in a variety of styles and colors and are meant for people who wish to have real time data relayed to them in a way that is not as distracting as having to monitor your smartphone. Icis also features a camera, microphone, and speaker for you to use in whatever way you like. Icis Bold is our higher end product line that offers a greater pixel density than that of Icis.’
16.) X-Ray Eyewear Can See Your Veins– Eyes On via Epson (yes, the same as printers and Moverio have designed these X-rays specs for nurses and other medical professionals.
17.) Pivothead Launched on Indiegogo– Pivothead SMART provides the full 1080p high-definition (HD) video and 8 megapixel photo capture capability of Pivothead’s award-winning first generation eyewear, plus Smart Mods™ – a revolutionary new design approach to wearable technology. The new modular SMART lineup packs a multitude of new features, including full HD wireless live streaming, and is geared towards effortless real-time sharing activities across numerous applications.
18.) Tech Tuesday: Wearable Technology Eyewear From Nokia 2013; (Video) Launched earlier this year, Nokia has collaborated with Vuzix, Epson and Oakley. Wearable technology eyewear from Nokia for 2013. Gaze and Stare Eyewear.
19.) Tech Tuesday: iOptik Glimpse Into The Future Video– enabled by iOptik contact lens technology, delivers mega-pixel content with a panoramic field-of-view. This was filmed in San Diego.
21.) Kickstarting Monday: Ion Glasses– ION Glasses are the first-ever glasses — optical or sunglasses — which interact with your smartphone or tablet. They offer you several functions, such as notifications, remote control, alerts in case of loss and customization. ION Glasses incorporate a Bluetooth 4.0 chip, a battery, a multi-color LED set, a buzzer and two buttons. All these components are inserted into one of the frame temples.
22.) eSight Eyewear Allowing The Legally Blind To See– eSight Corporation, a technology company focused on solutions for the blind. eSight eyewear calls themselves ‘the first intelligent eyewear that enables people with low vision or legal blindness to actually see’
23.) PSiO Eyewear To Help You Relax– . PSiO says by wearing this special eyewear it will help you relax and sleep better (I just added that). I think we all know what lack of sleep and stress do to our body. One of the reasons we are stressed is because we can’t relax.
28.) CastAR Gaming Glasses– Made for gaming, the CastAR is a miniature virtual reality in 3D
29.) Telepathy, a Silicon Valley startup, has raised $5 million in a first round of funding to develop wearable computing. Camera, projection, wireless, visual information.
33.) Sensics SmartGoggles.- Sensics makes high-performance virtual reality goggles that are offered in various price and performance ranges. They currently offer 8 products. the following products: Many of these products are deemed for defense (military applications) One pair cost $39,000+ USD.
34.) BBC discovered the Baidu Eye out of China
35.) Lumus Optical– Lumus was founded in 2000 by Dr. Yaakov Amitai, whose disruptive and patented LOE technology is the basis for the Company’s core technology and business. The LOE is an ultra-thin, see-through lens that displays large, high quality images and enables the design of eyeglasses with a completely natural look. The LOE shatters the perceived laws of physics that have prevented personal displays from being compact, lightweight, translucent, normal looking and inexpensive, and offers a window of opportunity
36.) Geco- This is like a Go-Pro only you can fit on the eyewear.
37.) The Vuzix x Nokia the first smart glasses to use waveguide optical Technology
38.) Oculus Rift is another gaming eyewear.
39.) Google Glass- need we say more?