Vuzix Blade AR Glasses
Augmented reality technology was one of the trending technologies at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. We know smart glasses are capable of executing a range of tasks, but not many of us know their specifications and capabilities.
The latest smart glass on the market, Vuzix Blade, was released at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. According to top professionals and the media, the Vuzix Blade is the next big smart glass and is better than its competitors. Its main competitor, Google Glass, was released in 2012 but failed to be a success. Nick Statt, from The Verge, compared the two showing that the Blade is better than the Google Glass. Two main reasons are the improvements in design and the improvements in capabilities.
The Vuzix Blade has improved the design of AR glasses and has made smart glasses look more like standard glasses. Statt states that “one critical difference, and what makes it such a noticeable leap over Glass and other failed attempts at AR, is the design.” The Google Glass was not well received by the general population due to its awkward design. For the Blade, the display is built into the lens and the other hardware pieces are built into the frame. Although the Blade is still bigger than the standard smart glass, it is taking the next step in improving the design of smart glasses. In addition, the Blade has a high-quality display - the Cobra II DLP based display. For people who need glasses, there is no worry because prescription inserts allow for the smartglass to function similarly to standard glasses - thus serving as dual purpose glasses. The design of the Vuzix Blade shows improvements and is closer to how the general consumer pictures AR glasses to be.
The Vuzix Blade has several capabilities. Statt claims that “the Blade provides all the benefits Google Glass provided, but better.” The Blade’s AI and Voice Control has improved with the integration of Amazon’s Alexa. The Blade can also be controlled with gestures into the touchpad, through the head motion tracker, or through the Android/iOS app. There are several ways to connect the Blade to other devices, such as the Micro USB earphone jack, the USB connection, the MicroSD Storage slot, or through Wi-Fi. While the Blade doesn’t have the advanced object recognition which Microsoft Hololens has, the Blade brings standard phone functions to the glasses. The Blade has haptic vibration alerts, audio, a camera, and a display, making it function similar to a phone.
With the Blade, Vuzix has taken the next step and has become a major competitor in AR Glasses.
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