​Future specs put fitness tech on your face

Prototype glasses pack a bevy of sensors
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A US research company has built a pair of glasses frames that are capable of tracking a host of biometric and fitness data.

The team at the excitingly named innovation lab 'The Shop' – owned by global eyewear company VSP Global – claim to have built a prototype frame which packs some seriously smart tech.

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The not-at-all-grandiosely-dubbed prototype Genesis can track steps, calories, heart rate and gait, all from its position on your face. All the tech is packed into a pair of Dragon Alliance frames, which don't look too dissimilar to RayBans, and certainly don't scrimp on style.

What's more, the company believes that the future of biometrics is in our specs.

"Eyewear has been the most successful piece of 'wearable technology' for over 700 years," said Leslie Muller, co-lead at The Shop.

"With Genesis, we're now adding additional value into the frame, but doing so in a seamless, fully integrated design that creates a richer experience for the wearer."

All we've seen so far are a couple of concept images, so there's no telling quite how close these specs are to becoming a reality. However, if the company's claims stand up, the technology for embedding sensors into new, smaller designs is just around the corner.

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