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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses run Android, sell for $999.99 (pre-order)

Vuzix has started taking pre-orders for the M100 Smart Glasses, with the Android-based device selling for $999.99 and shipping in 2-4 weeks.
December 3, 2013
Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix is ready to take on Google’s Glass project with a wearable smart device of its own, the M100 Smart Glasses, which run Android and are available for $999.99 a piece.

The M100 is available in gray and white and will ship in 2-4 weeks after placing an order. But unlike Google Glasses, the M100 doesn’t look exactly like… glasses. Instead of a pair of glasses-like smart device that can be fitted with actual lenses, the M100 looks rather a headset that comes with an image-projecting eyepiece. However, the company does say in its product materials that “safety glasses” are included in the package. Alternatively, a headphone-like frame is offered for overhead support.

When it comes to specs and features, the M100 Smart Glasses will offer users a virtual smartphone-like display with WQVGA resolution (that means anywhere from 360 x 240 to 480 x 272) that’s comparable to a 4-inch smartphone seen from a distance of 14-inches. The display has a brightness of 2000 nits and can be used both on the left or right eye.

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

Other specs include a 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support for up to 32GB upgrade, 5-megapixel camera with Full HD video recording support, Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. 600mAh battery (3800mAh rechargeable external battery pack) and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under the hood. Interestingly, iOS support will also be offered, although it’s unclear how that would work.

According to the company, the device has four control buttons, supports “customizable voice navigation,” “gesturing,” and has a “remote control app” that runs on “paired Android device.” The Vuzix M100 also includes an integrated head tracker comprised of 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetic/integrated compass. Other sensors include proximity and ambient light sensors as well as a gesture engine.

Is this enough to take on Google Glass? We’ll just have to wait and see.