Sunday, 18 November 2012

Robocop goggles beat Google Glass to shop shelves!


Robocop goggles beat Google Glass to shop shelves!

Meet the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100: a mealy name for a groundbreaking bit of tech. This little headset connects to your smartphone to show you augmented reality data about the world around you, right in front of you. Sound a bit like Google Glass? It’s coming out before them…

SlashGear has the details on the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a headset with a screen on the end that gives you the impression of a 4-inch phone screen in front of you: it also packs in GPS for location, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a HD camera – and it’s all powered by Android, so any app that can run on an external monitor will work just fine here. The company says battery life is good for up to eight hours on a charge.

Better still, Vuzix is working on an SDK (software development kit), so that developers can make their iPhone and Android apps work with the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100: you could have everything from your Spotify playlist appearing in front of you to a realtime feed of public transport timetables when you walk up to a bus stop.

The project is very similar to Google Glass, the augmented reality computer Google is working on – but it looks like it could be out first. Vuzix is promising a 2013 release, and a developer kit will be out as soon as next month so coders can get started early.

What do you reckon – does augmented reality computing have a future? Would you want to see things like the Terminator? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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