Wearable glasses - the way of the future or expensive fad?

  • Posted by Thandeka
  • 3 February 2014

With some commentators pegging 2014 as the year of the glass, we will be watching to see if form begins to match function, and everything comes down in price.

2014 is shaping up to be the year of wearable technology. This was reaffirmed by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The CES 2014 brought together over 3 000 exhibitors of gadgets and a wide range of state of the art consumer electronics in Las Vegas, USA and wearable technology took centre stage. Wearable tech was all the rage, with industry leaders like Samsung and Sony showcasing their contributions to the trend.
 
Most wearables are serving as notifiers, trackers and glasses - the majority of them being wristbands, watches, and glasses. Although the technology is still in its infancy, it is an exciting development that is definitely worth adding to your collection of devices. 
 
Smart glasses have left people divided, often criticised for being expensive and absurd looking. This year we will see smart glasses permeate the market with more than a dozen smart glass products expected to be shipped out in the first half of 2014. While Google Glass may be the well-known face of Smart glasses, Vuzix M100 are the first smart glasses available to the general public, providing the features and capabilities of a modern smartphone, in a hands-free wearable device. It includes a HD camera for still picture and video capture, while Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity makes it easy to pair with another Android device or connect wirelessly with Wi-Fi to the Internet. An integrated head tracking and GPS system provides apps with your location but evens the direction and angle of your current view for unprecedented situational awareness.
 
Style is one area where smart glasses may be lacking. We believe that the inability (to date) of manufacturers to make smart glasses fashionable may be affecting how fast they will be
adopted by consumers. People are using them in more private settings - which of course may limit the functionality of the glasses which are meant to be adopted to capture all aspects of life – including social scenes and outdoors. 
 
We're taking a back-seat on this one until smart glasses look less like a visor, and more like an everyday accessory.