Vuzix M100 Android smart glasses shown off at CES 2013
Vuzix has been showing off the M100 Android smart glasses at CES 2013. A tiny display with a 480×272 pixel display sits in front of your eye. The glasses run Android 4 ICS and they can shoot 720p video saved to the 4GB of onboard storage (there will be a microSD card slot as well).
They also support GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but they’re really intended to be used with an Android smartphone or tablet and, in fact, there is a companion app that allows you to control them from your smartphone via Bluetooth. The glasses do have hardware buttons, but using the touchpad control to move the mouse via your smartphone will be far easier.
The Vuzix M100 smart glasses will cost “under $500” and developers can apparently get a hands-on by the end of Q1 – the SDK will cost $999. Vuzix suggests up to 8 hours of battery life as a hands-free set, but that drops to 2 hours if you turn the display on and just one hour if you use the camera as well.
The prototype that Vuzix showed off got mixed reviews. Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle hated it, Dieter Bohn at The Verge was less critical. Would you wear something like this? Do you want Facebook timelines or video beamed into your eyeball? The video shooting function makes a lot of sense, but we’re not convinced about the other applications.