New augmented-reality glasses due out in 2013

November 21, 2012

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 (credit: Vuzix Corporation)

Google Glass now has a competitor: Vuzix Corporation’s Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 — designed for on-the-go data access from your smartphone and the Internet.

It will have a WQVGA color 16×9 screen, look like a 4” cellphone screen at 14” and will work on either eye, and will be available commercially for $500 in mid-2013, Vuzix CEO Paul J. Travers told KurzweilAI.

Like Google Glass, the Vuzix M100 contains a virtual display with integrated camera, running Android OS, and will wirelessly connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your smartphone (iOS or Android) or other compatible device.

You’ll be able to connect to the Internet, answer the phone (with a visual address book), and read text messages and email.

It will offer visual navigation and basic augmented reality (AR) apps and has an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness in AR apps. An integrated 720p camera enables video recording and still image capture.

Travers said a $999 software developer kit will in portions will be available almost immediately and with developer hardware in Q1 2013. That get you all the tools to develop apps for them, advanced access to information and of course one of the first pair we ship.

Vuzix also markets a variety of other wearable displays.

UPDATE 11/24/2012: Price and availability for commercial product and developer kit updated.

Vuzix smart glasses M100 (credit: Vuzix Corporation)