Vuzix is a Rochester, New York-based augmented reality and smart glasses company which has announced its new Vuzix Blade AR smart glasses, now they are ready to ship and taking orders for $1000. At consumer electronic Show CES 2018 last year the company announced they had been working on this device for years. The device revealed in its most recent forms of pre-production and is clearly the first generation version.
The glasses consist of a miniature display in the right lens of the bulky sunglasses the technology we used in is a waveguide tech. Which is the same type of display projection technique used in the Magic Leap One headsets. Other companies paste own name to Magic Leap calls its waveguide package a “photonics” chip, whereas Vuzix refers to its own as the “Cobra Display Engine.”
“We’re not about whales jumping out of floors,” said Vuzix CEO Paul Travers, referencing a famous Magic Leap demo. “We consider AR, VR and mixed reality big and bulky computer wearable systems as completely different from the problem we’re trying to solve.”
Vuzix Blade made in synchronization with your Smartphone. They are designed in such a way to work with your smartphone to makes your hands free, it promises the same features like Smartwatch the only difference it’s on your face not in wrists. As for now, Vuzix blade comes in only one design but the company does provide customization options in which you can add prescriptions lenses as well as different nose bridges for a better fit.
On the appearance side, Blade’s display is quite impressive as it has a full-color see-thru screen that takes center stage in the right lens because it covers on top of the real world. It can also reposition and moved around in order to fits within your field of view. The AR glasses used an operating system called Blade OS based on Andriod, the interface is simple with the placement of shortcut icons on a bottom rail and a larger preview icon on top.
The company starts shipping at the end of this month.