Visux M100: The First Available Smartglasses on the Market

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With all the buzz that Google has been generating in the wearable tech world, it seems like they are the only company doing it. That couldn’t be further from the truth actually, Google is far from the only company to take advantage of this new tech trend. Vizux is a company that has been working on and perfecting augmented reality since 1997, and they have just released their new flagship M100 headset. The M100 is an Android device, it features almost the exact same hardware as Google Glass and is being released about 1 whole year earlier.

These are the first available smartglasses to hit the market. You can go directly to the companies website and order a pair for yourself in either white or grey color schemes.

The new headset is basically a mini computer that goes on your face with a dual-core 1GHz TI-OMAP 4403 processor, which is the same chip they will be used in Google Glass and is currently being used in older Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. You can use the glasses as a standalone device by connecting to Wi-Fi, or you can connect it to your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Right now, the M100 is running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.

Pre-installed apps on the headset let you record videos, take pictures, and playback both. You can also track timed events, manage your calendar, synce the headset to your phone and more. The M100 is also already compatible with all of the thousands of apps that are available for Android on the Google Play store and anywhere else that you would snag apps from. There is also easy access to developer resources that enable the creation of custom apps to take care of pretty much any need you could ever have.

Attached to the frame of the glasses is a rubber arm that holds a mini WQVGA display that’s capable of 720p video playback that sits in the upper right hand corner of your line of vision. The miniature computer and it’s display are attached to a thin and adjustable headband that rests on the top of your head.

These new smartglasses from Visux support voice commands, and also come equipped with buttons for easy picture taking, scrolling, and launching apps. The M100 will eventually be able to support gesture control, letting users navigate and make selections by gesturing at the digital screen that appears in front of them.

One of the coolest things about the glasses is their ability to render two dimensional images in a 3D augmented reality. When launching 2D apps, you will be able to experience them as a 3D hologram that is floating in front of your face. If you move and change positions, you can view whatever you’re looking at from different angles when the 3D hologram syncs with your movements and shifts accordingly.

We’re not really sure how much Google Glass will be when it gets released, but you can order the Visux M100 right now in two different colors for $999.99 USD at www.vuzix.com/.

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