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Vuzix looks to beat Google’s Project Glass with its new ‘Smart Glasses’

Updated Oct 30th, 2013 3:37PM EDT
Vuzix Smart Glasses M100

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Google (GOOG) shook up the tech world when it revealed it was planning to release its augmented reality Project Glass eyewear. It sounded like an incredible piece of sci-fi tech would soon be in the hands of most consumers until the company announced the developer version would cost $1,500 and that consumers won’t be able to get one until 2014. Video eyewear maker Vuzix sees an opportunity here and is planning to release the “Smart Glasses M100” by mid-2013 for $1,000. In terms of design, the M100 resembles a Bluetooth headset more than it does a pair of glasses and features a 16:9 WQVGA-resolution projector that projects a four-inch display as if it were 14 inches away from your face. It’s got a a OMAP4430 at 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Its camera can shoot 720p HD video and there’s a gyroscope, accelerometer and integrated compass for accurate head-tracking features. On the audio side, the M100 has an earpiece and a noise-canceling microphone. Also included are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and a microSD card slot.

Impressive as those specs are, the M100’s battery doesn’t appear to be too great. Vuzix claims “up to 8 hours hands free,” “2 hours hands free + display” and “1 hour hands free + display + camera.” Those figures aren’t very reassuring if you plan to use the M100 to document your life.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.

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