After much hype, Google Glass has shut down their retail stores. Does that mean that Smart Glasses are dead? NEVER! Google glass or other augmented reality glasses are Not Dead and in fact going full stream ahead and buying up Smart Glass companies.
Most likely what happened is Google made such a big deal about their glass in beta mode. What they did was pave the way for every one else and gather information to take over the smart glass industry. What they found out: The consumer didn’t want a chunky piece of electronics on their face, privacy issues and safety all weighed in to create a Glasshole reputation. Meanwhile, quite a few companies were working in the background to come up with alternatives to Glass and ferreted out developers and suppliers who could fulfill this niche.
Will it grow? – Intel invested $25 Million with Vuzix, Intel bought Composyt, A Swiss smart glass maker, SnapChat bought Ephipany Eyewear, Intel partnered with Luxottica. Nokia inked a deal with Vuzix to bring maps to smart Glasses. Qualcomm has started developing software for smart glasses. Epson is building an Smart Glass app development center in Spain.These are just a few of the big companies that are making investments in the form of Smart Glasses.
There are four categories of Smart Glasses and or Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR): Head-Mounted Display (HMD), Head-Up Display (HUD), Smart Glasses and AR App. The list below includes all.
- AugmentedReality.Org predicts that the smart glasses market will soar toward 1 billion shipments near the end of the decade.
- AugmentedReality.Org expects shipments to reach one million by fall 2015
- Juniper Research predicts that shipments are “unlikely to exceed” 10 million units per annum between 2014 and 2017, compared to previous prediction of $53billion by 2019.
Who Will Use
- Military (Already using)
- Healthcare professionals particularly surgeons and nurses. (Already using)
- Workers who could use hands free access to a computer
- Training purposes in all categories.
- Low Vision Patients
- Sports (Garmin, Zeal)
- Gamers (Oculus Rift (Facebook) and Hololens (Microsoft)
- Retailers and Manufacturers
- Glasshole label- nerdy
- Not fashionable
- Needs a longer battery life
- Banned in public places including theaters, casinos, schools, hospitals, banks
All of the above are being overcome. Think about the first cell phones that weighed 28 ounces and cost $4,000.
Most if not all Smart Glasses have the same characteristics: Real time information, access to email and social networks, video, GPS, location devices, Head mounted displays, screens and camera. What may vary, is size of screen, megapixels, style, attachments, Rxable and how they connect via smart phone, blue tooth, availability, price, voice recognition.
Top Smart Glasses
1.) Apple patented their Smart Glasses called Lifestream.
2.) Ashkelon /Glance. Augmented Reality Glasses is designed to relay the user’s incoming notifications to an unobtrusive area of his/her visual field. Instead of hearing the ringtone, finding the smartphone and viewing notifications, the user’s notifications appear where they can be seen at a glance. The user can choose to respond or ignore the notifications, without fishing about for the phone. With the Ashkelon Glance a user can call back the sender, or reply using voice to text programming
3.) Atheer Labs and Its Smart Glasses- Augmented interactive Reality (AiR™), combining the power of 3D augmented reality with natural interaction to unlock human productivity. Large display area for workers to connect. Gesture recognition. The market they are going for is Construction, Warehousing, Healthcare, Oil and Gas. (Mountain View, CA)
4.) CastAR by Technical Illusions- (Gaming) Received over $1 Million on Kickstarter and have yet to fully launch.
5.) Epiphany Eyewear www.epiphanyeyewear.com from Vergence labs. Sold to Snapchat. Site doesn’t seem to be working.
6.) EmoPulse is an attachment you can put on any eyeglasses. Device displays a color signal on short messages, incoming calls, and other events of your smart phone to the lenses of your glasses. It is connected to the smart phone through Bluetooth (4.0).
7.) Epson Moverio™ BT-200 smart glasses.– The Augumenta Interaction Platform SDK enables gesture control and virtual inputs on smart glasses and other wearable devices in enterprise and consumer applications. Each lens has its own display, right in your field of vision, projected into your surroundings. Lightweight glasses work out-of-the-box with Bluetooth and other technology, plus most AndroidTM apps.
8.) E-Sight– Healthcare Smart Glasses- Using a Camera, a computer and OLED screen, these smart glasses were developed for the legally blind to see. (Canada)
9.) EyeTap– Personal Imaging Lab specializes in the areas of personal imaging, mediated reality and wearable computing.
10.) Fieldbit– (Work) onsite smart glasses for the workplace safety.
11.) Fun’iki- Smart Glasses light up when you have notifications. Linked to a smart phone. (Asia)
12.) Garmin (Sports) offers GPA Glasses, along with Zeal and Recon Instruments.
13.) Glass UP– SeeThru device “wireless augmented reality (AR) eyewear.” The SeeThru lets users see information about their surroundings pop up without disrupting their normal field of vision. The SeeThru works with a user’s smartphone, which provides the processing capabilities. Allows you to get driving directions, emails and other notifications. (Modena, Italy)
14.) Google Glass- They have not abandoned Glass just readjusting. (California)
15.) Honor Smart Glasses were launched in November of 2014. Not much is known about them. (China)
16.) Innovega- was launched in 2013 at CES. They are going after the Defense and Low Vision markets. Allows the wearer to access digital information. Offers video. They also offer the iOptek Contact Lens launched at CES 2014. (Bellevue, WA)
17.) Ion Glasses- WeOn Glasses– Interact with your smartphone or tablet. They offer you several functions, such as notifications, remote control, alerts in case of loss and customization. Taking pre orders.
18.) Kast Eyewear– Smart glasses for the low vision. Still in development. (San Diego, CA)
19. ) K-Glass Korea’s answer to Google Glass.
20.) Magic Leap-No one really knows what this is going to do. They know that Google invested $542 Million in the company. Qualcomm is involved.
21.) Meme by JINS is releasing their new Smart Glasses in the USA with Omron Healthcare. Launching in Spring of 2016. Uses “smart sensing” technology that the company says can be used to monitor wellness and health through the detection of changes in eye and body movements. (Japan) They are opening their first flagship store in San Francisco. (Japan)
23.) Laster- Augmented Reality that offers location based, text, video, animation and updates. (France)
24.) Lenovo just released their first Smart Glasses at the CES show – The smart glasses were designed for Chinese and called New Glass. Includes taking photos, digital map stimulation, and making phone calls. (China)
25.) Lumus Allows users to watch TV, read an e-mail, or glance at stock tickers without anyone else knowing they are doing this. And it provides users with information flow without obstructing their vision, so they can carry on their day uninterrupted. (Israel)
26.) MetaPro– Goes under the name Space Glasses. Augmented Reality. Use Gestures, big screen. (Portola Valley, CA)
27.) Microsoft has filed a patent for Smart Glasses (WA) Just released is the Hololens.
28.) Mota (in Development) (CA)
29.) Oakley Airwave (Sports) For use in skiing, snowboarding.
30.) ODG/ Osterhout Group new Smart Glasses were released at the CES show 2015. Stylish retro look, virtual screen. Controls on glasses can be linked via Bluetooth or a touch pad. (San Francisco, CA)
31.) ORA Smart Glass from Optivents– Augmented Reality, big screen and you can put an RX in. Audio and offers a see through retinal screen. They were also on Kickstarter and reached over $100,000 in funding. (California, France and Korea)
33.) Pivothead (Sports) They were crowdsource via Indiegogo and are proceeding forward .
34.) ReCon Jet– (Sports) Recon is known for it’s sports functionality, this was designed for cyclers. Functionality includes HD camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, altimeter, thermometer and GPS receiver. Available online only.
35.) RNIB Smart Glasses (Low Vision) (UK) They are currently looking for testers now.
36.) Samsung filed for a patent that competes against Glass.
37.) SiME Smart Glasses is targeting a $500 price. Include voice recognition, remote work support, image and voice recognition all in real time. (Taiwan)
38.) Six15 Technologies introduced a wearable headset designed for heads-up data delivery and text messaging. The glasses allow wearers to maintain their situational awareness while out and about, because they don’t need to look down at a mobile device. (Via Tweaktown)
39.) Sony Smart Eyeglasses: Prototypes were shown at the CES show in 2015- It’s a “single-lens display module” that can be easily attached and detached from eyeglass frames for use.
40.) Talens Smart Glasses- Augmented Reality for the enterprise market, it’s created to assist and support technicians, maintenance workers and professionals and make their operations more effective, precise and secure. (Italy)
41.) Theia Glasses- Augmented Reality includes voice control, gestures. (Israel)
43.) Vuzix- The M100, Vuzix’s latest model, offers mapping, navigation without an internet connection, They have partnered with (Nokia) and numerous other companies for the development of smart glasses and applications. They are available now online. (New York)
44.) XOEye’s Glasses come equipped with HD cameras, Wi-Fi capabilities and two way communication. They are focussing on the industrial workplace. (Michigan)
These are probably about 1/3 of the smart glasses that are currently and or coming into the market. Not mentioned were Oculus Rift (Gaming) bought by Facebook. What do you think, are Smart Glasses Dead?