North smart glasses company who is behind the production of Focals made an announcement that they are going to be updating its glasses to add new, much-needed functionality. The company has added support for Spotify controls, as from now onwards users will be able to skip songs, see a track’s title/artist, and can adjust the volume of their connected device from the glasses’ accompanying control ring, called the Loop.
The company would also be rolling out directional updates which will provide steps for transit as well as delays. Users can also share their ETAs with contacts North focals features Alexa integration which would allow you to hear the latest news, view the weather forecast, stream music, control the smart appliances in your home, and more. The glasses will show you upcoming appointments from the calendar, can also let you arrange uber send a text and navigate with turn-by-turn directions.
One thing to be mentioned here, Focals only provide walking directions, it does not provide while driving, if you are driving the car then Focals shuts off the navigation system of the device.
Apart from this, North smart glasses company introduced a feature called “Rewind” that takes advantage of the glasses’ built-in microphone. It captures voice notes and then sends them back to North servers, from where it process and transcribed them. Once they have been processed users will receive an email with their audio and text notes.
Focals launched last year in October with a price of $599 while the prescription lenses cost an additional $200. Personal sizing is required that means if you want to buy a pair, you will have to visit one of the company’s showrooms in Brooklyn or Toronto.
Although all these features sound interesting and also important for the company’s survival. The company North said that some of the features might not available for non-playing Spotify users. On the whole Focals new features will prove beneficial for the company as the company laid off 150 employees in February, seemingly in its manufacturing department.