High-tech glasses wow with new advances

While it will take a few years for wearable computing to mature, there's a lot of interesting activity taking place

By Christina DesMarais, PC World |  Personal Tech, augmented reality, Google

According to a Google concept video, its glasses will someday replace the smartphone and present in the periphery of your eyesight options including checking into social networks.

If you haven't seen the demo, you'll be amazed, not only at the technology, but at the stunt, as well.

The developer version of Google Glasses is set to ship in early 2013, which will mean new applications and hardware for the technology will be forthcoming.

There are plenty of other advances in wearable computing to track.

For instance, the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 --a wearable Android computer -- is slated for launch early next year. It makes use of a virtual display eyepiece, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors, and can integrate with iOS or Android apps. Tricks the M100 can pull off include hands-free phone calls, image capture, web surfing, text messaging and navigation.

Also, SingularityHUB lays out several other interesting developments, such as Vergence Labs' social video sharing sunglasses, which the startup successfully funded on Kickstarter.

This summer, Oculus ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for its virtual reality Rift goggles. The startup's goal was to deliver prototype kits into the hands of developers who can then build out software that can make the goggles usable with existing games.

Game developers and tech pundits have had a lot to say about the Rift goggles.


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