Jan 06 AT 4:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Vuzix to unveil smart glasses technology at CES


Next week at CES we are sure to see some new Android smartphones, tablets, and TVs, but we also expect to see some awesome accessories. One company we definitely want to check out is Vuzix, who will be unveiling their SMART Glasses Technology. High prices and bulky designs have slowed the adoption of wearable displays among the average consumer, but Vuzix hopes to change that with their latest products.

Thanks to internal developments and a  recent licensing relationship with Nokia Corporation, Vuzix was able to produce a 1.4 mm thick polymer waveguide lens that fits into the temples & lenses of a conventional pair of eyewear. The new glasses are designed to work with connected devices like smartphones and allow the user to watch big screen movies or interact with augmented reality apps.

The current STAR 1200 glasses from Vuzix retail for $4,999, so hopefully they can bring the price down quite a bit and bring their wearable displays from today’s battlefield to the average consumer. Check out the video below for an idea of what see-through augmented reality can do.

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  • R.S

    Maybe it’s just me but I found that to be a crappy commercial/video. Had I just randomly found the video, I wouldn’t know what they were advertising. Heck even though I didn’t randomly find the video, I can’t tell what they want me to learn or see from that video.

    • King Chris Scott

      Ya it made no sense, I am interested though

  • romy134

    Come on…lets not get to ridiculous here..

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Aww man, I just bought new glasses. I geuss I’m jus tgoing ot hav eot go areound looking at real things for the next year.

    • LukeT32

      Looks like you might need those fancy glasses to correct your spelling errors. :)

  • WlfHart

    Now that would be a fun way to view the night sky astronomy app… wonder if they could integrate a gyro censor in there so that one doesn’t tire their arms out holding a tablet out at arms length.

    • Dustin Earley

      That would be amazing!

    • stenzor

      Yes, that would be kickass!!

  • Ross Dunn

    I hope they don’t think $5000 is even remotely near a reasonable price for the average consumer. Ah well, 6 years from now tech better than this will be affordable… I can’t wait.

  • txbluesman

    OK…that video was wicked! I’ll take 4 pair….LOL! I wish I could just go out and buy the latest and greatest new tech items without worrying about $$$$ Oh well, maybe next time. Thanks for the article Taylor, those are pretty cool.


    I just ordered a pair… Sike

  • lokidokie

    Price will have to come down a fairly big bit!!

  • Raptor

    The only progress i see in 15 years watching this sh#t technology from different manufacturers is that it’s now wide VGA instead of just VGA and the glasses look prettier. It is hard to make something better then VGA ? Imagine your cellphone resolution on 75″ monitor !

  • sylar

    When they can make these look like normal everyday glasses then I will be interested but up until then I’m not going to really even take a second look.

  • aranea

    The price is too high for even a low level penetration. And without penetration the development is very slow. Some how they have to find a way to get out of this vicious cycle.

  • Leo Young

    I have been wearing glasses almost my entire life. I don’t go anywhere without them – literally.
    The clunky things in the picture are cumbersome and probably uncomfortable for long term wear but I am excited anyway. I am hopeful that using my own glasses as portable information devices will come soon.

    I am concerned about fake 3D like we see now in things like Avatar. We do see stereo separation and that does contribute to a 3D like effect but we are still focusing on a single plane, eg the screen. I am hopeful that by putting the displays right in front of each eye, that software can correct the images sent to each eye to create something that really calls for our eyes to focus on different depths to see different things. The potential for true 3D for displays is an exciting one.

    I am also really excited for the potential for real time overlays on our vision. Having overlays through layers in Google maps, the Layers application etc are very nice but having them appear without having to refer to a device seems like a nice thing. Paperless transfer of information. Restaurant guides and tourist information when you are in a new city. Notes you have made about a person popping up when you meet them. ‘To do’ list just here and map to next destination just there.

    I do wonder about opacity. Having an opaque overlay show up while driving could be lethal. I am curious to see how we will solve this problem. 30-50% max opacity? Auto off everything except road related information for the driver while at the wheel?

    And let us consider the abuses while we are at it. Commercial or religious spam occluding our vision wherever we go? Government censored seeing of “sensitive” sights?

    I am looking forward to it.

  • Sky

    no.. just ,no..

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  • Futureboy

    I’ve been waiting for these and auto heads-up displays to hit the mainstream consumer market at an affordable price… Looks like I’ll have to keep waiting a while longer…