When you kid asks you, “why do we wear glasses?” We wear glasses because it helps us see well. We use glasses to help us read a book to driving a car. This is an appropriate answer to a simple question but the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in 2013 has made this response outdated. At this year’s CES, Vuzix introduced their latest product, Smart Glasses M100. This product is a pair of glasses that you wear on your face like ordinary glasses. The difference is that this pair of glasses has a powerful computer built on an Android operating system and a built in electronic display that syncs up to your mobile device. These glasses fall into the augmented reality category in which you can read your email by just looking up at the sky without ever looking at your phone. The M100 will have a suite of applications that are built into the glasses that allows you to look at your rolodex visually, record real-time what you are seeing, and other applications that will support adding intelligence to what you are seeing visually.
We have been waiting for a long time for a product like this to come out into the market. Google first introduced Google Glass last year and brought the idea of wearing a computer on your head. When you look at something at real-time, it will give you information on what you are looking at. The Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 will be the first true competitor to Google Glass. Time will tell how consumers will react to the M100 but if the product comes out with an attractive price then we can see consumers reacting favorably to the product. The CES this year has truly been an exciting event that has introduced some great products like the M100. We can only imagine what next year’s CES will bring us.