The race to AR smartglasses is on, and the Vuzix Blade could be the first pair you'll actually want to wear.
Vuzix has revealed its pair of Blade smartglasses, which will be on show at next week's CES show. While they're technically augmented reality specs, they're more of a Google Glass-style heads-up display than a mixed reality headset like HoloLens.
However they look much better than Google's smartglass venture, a pair of lenses in a frame that's not exactly svelte, but not hideous either. The glasses run Vuzix Blade OS and will pair to your smartphone to display notifications, turn-by-turn directions and other information. It's an open platform too, so third-party app makers will be able to integrate their apps with the glasses.
There's also a built-in 8MP camera to let you capture photos and videos using the touchpad on the side of the frame.
From what we can tell these are pretty much the Blade 3000 glasses we tried at CES last year. Vuzix is making these available as 'prosumer' and 'enterprise' developer kits, marking the first time the company has turned to regular consumers since it started in 1997. But as the 'prosumer' name hints - and the fact they're still developer kits - Vuzix knows they're still not fully ready for the mainstream market.
We'll be wrapping these bad boys around our face at CES 2018 next week, and we'll be sure to let you know our thoughts once we have.
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