by Robert van Alstyne
- Up until now, consumers wanting to stay plugged in to the Web while on the go have had to keep one eye on their smartphone and one on the sidewalk. Enter Vuzix Smart Glasses.
- Showcased at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and due in stores circa summertime, the forthcoming glasses double as both a high-contrast Web-connected HD display and slick sun-blockers.
- The glasses transform online input coming from compatible WiFi-enabled mobile devices into hologram structures that are directly overlaid on the viewer’s line of sight, creating an image that is equal parts virtual and real-world.
- Plans call for models structured for both the commercial and industrial markets with some versions of the specs capable of wirelessly recording and transmitting everything the user sees.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- There’s something inherently funky and clunky about holding up a smartphone camera lens to one’s surroundings in order to gain augmented reality insights. As companies come to market with more elegant hands-free solutions, look for digital overlay apps and devices to make their way quickly into the mainstream.