New smart glasses 2020


Smart glasses are more than just lenses. They have small computers that process information and display the results in real-time in such a way that only the wearer can see. This might include information on an incoming call, a GPS route to reach a destination, or even subtitles to assist the hearing-impaired.

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The Android and iOS-friendly options have the sensor on board to track steps, distance covered, overall active minutes and calories burned. You can also add a little motivation seeing how you fare against fellow Level owners.

Smart glasses sometimes cost more than $1,000, but Amazon promises a less pricey alternative with its Echo Frames. These glasses have Amazon’s Alexa voice-control built into the frames, allowing you to make calls, set reminders, listen to podcasts or control your smart home without lifting a finger. Plus, the open-ear design directs sound to your ears, minimizing what people around you can hear.

North developed and released a pair of smart glasses called "Focals," which came the closest we've seen so far to smart glasses that looked like normal glasses. First, the company didn't neglect the "glasses" part of "smart glasses" and provided the frames in a range of styles, sizes, and colors, with support for prescription lenses. The technology was noticeably less invasive, too. Google Glass's display surface was a transparent block distractingly placed in front of the users' face, but Focal's display surface was the glasses' lens itself. A laser projector poked out from the thicker-than-normal temple arms and fired into the lens, which has a special coating, allowing the projection to reflect light into the eye.

This is the second iteration of Google’s AR headset for the workplace, not to be confused with the original Google Glass device that went on sale for $1,500 six years ago. That device never materialized into a full-blown consumer product, after concerns over its viability as an actual computing platform and criticism over its design and public recording capabilities made it a symbol of unwanted Silicon Valley excess.

Longer battery life ensures prolonged use of the augmented reality smart glasses and a better experience for the user. There are now a range of options to extend the use of the AR headsets, including battery packs, replaceable or rechargeable batteries, tethered devices (permanent power source) etc. which all have their own pros and cons.

I tried wearing the first pair of Focals earlier this year. They looked stylish enough to casually pass for glasses in public, but not normal enough to fool everyone. Still, they passed the test, and came with a clever ring that navigated menus while wearing the glasses around. The basic notification system, however, felt like a smartwatch on my face. It didn't blend the virtual and real worlds the way more advanced (and expensive) mixed-reality headsets can. Other companies have worked on similar alternatives, including the larger Vuzix Blade.

The Blade uses waveguide technology to project a full color HD display over the right lens. They are the first pair of really useful commercial AR glasses that actually actually look like a pair of glasses They're not Oakleys or Ray-Bans, but they don't scream "Look at me, I'm technology" like some other smartglasses.

Most StylishMany pairs of smart glasses come in one plain design, but Vue Glasses offer more opportunities to personalize your eyewear. This brand makes prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses as well as sunglasses — all starting at $300 — and you can choose from various silhouettes, frame patterns and lens colors. While these smart glasses don’t have augmented reality capabilities, you can use them for voice commands, fitness tracking, audio and phone calls.Shop Now

Google is making its latest augmented reality headset, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, available for direct purchase, nearly a year after launching it through select workplace partners for $999 a unit. The price remains the same (or slightly more if you get the Glass “pod” attached to a band), but Google says you no longer have to go through a “solution provider” to purchase one.

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We've tried them, and on the whole we were pleased with what these connected specs offer when you're out riding. They're lightweight and comfortable and have uses beyond cycling too. If you can stomach the price, then the Solos are worth taking a look at.

If you order an Uber, you’ll be notified by a projection on your lens that lets you know the driver’s name and license plate. You can even use the glasses as a presentation teleprompter. The Focals also have Amazon’s Alexa built right in, granting control of smart devices and access to all the Alexa Skills you can dream of.

The second-generation model came out in May 2019 with a better processor and camera as well as a USB-C port and other minor updates to its components and its design. It still features the signature translucent prism through which you view the heads-up display with your right or left eye, and it’s designed to be affixed to the arm of a pair of eyeglasses. That way, it can be more easily worn in a setting where a worker requires eye protection or by a professional who requires prescription glasses to do any work.

Solos aims to become a cyclist's best friend. These smartglasses pack in a small heads-up display enabling cyclists to glance at a host of useful data in real time, including speed, cadence, heart rate and power zones. They were supposed to be out in late 2016, but got held up by FCC certifications until recently and are available now.

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