BARCELONA—If you’d like to get your hands on a pair of Google’s Project Glass augmented reality glasses but you’d rather not drop the $1500 early adopter’s fee, Vuzix has a product for you.
The M100 hands-free smartphone display from Vuzix is a smaller and cheaper wearable screen that can also do augmented reality. The company says it will be available this summer for under $500.
The M100 is a tiny wearable display that looks more like a headset than a pair of augmented reality glasses. The display connects wirelessly to your mobile device (it works with both Android and iOS) and shows everything from incoming texts and emails to a visual address book and navigation.
It’s equipped with an integrated head tracker, GPS, and a camera, so it can also work with basic augmented-reality applications.
I had a chance to try the M100 on. It's a little tricky to position just right, so that you can see the tiny screen in front of your right eye (it can be used with either eye). However, because the headset is fully adjustable (and the arm that holds the screen out is flexible), I eventually managed to figure it out.
The screen looks like a 4-inch cellphone screen that’s about 14 inches away from you, so it’s easy to see but still very small.
The headset works with third-party apps, and the company is currently working with third-party developers to develop apps that will utilize the accessory. When the M100 launches, it will hopefully have several apps that support it.
Updated on February 26 with video of the Vuzik M100.
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