Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 Will be Seen at CES 2013

December 13, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 is Vuzix’s answer to Google Glass. The product, which looks like an oversized Bluetooth headset, has Android Ice Cream Sandwich running inside it.

A virtual display eyepiece, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors make up the M100. The device can link up with your Android or iOS smartphone and provide you with a view into augmented reality applications.

If your smartphone has any app whose output can be fed into an external monitor, then Vuzix’s Smart Glass can pair up with it. The user will be able to conduct hands-free calling, photography, web browsing, and SMS messaging.

Users can also make use of the device for navigation by employing services like Google Maps. There’s a gyroscope, GPS and a digital compass on the 3-axis head tracker that will enable the device to find your location.

The M100 comes with an earpiece and a noise-cancelling microphone which can be used for calls and speech commands. The Smart Glass offers WQVGA resolution with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, which is as good as a 4-inch smartphone display.

The accompanying camera can shoot widescreen videos and images at a resolution of 1280 x 720, and your captures can be saved on an 8GB memory card. A 1GHz OMAP4430 processor provides the power, and the system has 1GB of RAM coupled with 4GB of flash storage.

The other features include WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth, and power, select, and volume up/down keys. According to the company, the M100 can stand up to 8 hours of hands-free use or 2 hours of hands-free use with active display.

But if you use hands-free, display and the camera all at once, you can run the device for about an hour only. We don’t know the battery life for Google’s Glass, but when Google’s device launches, the balancing power consumption, functionality, and portability would be the main concerns over which these devices compete in the market.

The device is due for 2013, but the company hasn’t let out the price tag. We will be seeing the M100 during the CES in January, having already won the “Best of Innovations” awards in design and engineering for 2013.

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