Category: Smart Glass

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UICO duraTOUCH water/sweat/gloves Smartwatches and Phones

Posted by Charbax – November 30, 2015

UICO duraTOUCH makes it possible to use Smartwatches and Phones in any weather, with sweaty fingers, under the rain, snow, even while wearing gloves in the winter. As people come to depend on wearable devices and use them everywhere, users want touchscreens to work under any weather condition everywhere and anytime. UICO’s duraTOUCH projected capacitive (PCAP) touch controllers enable touch sensing to work in any environment, with rain, sweat, and using gloves also. duraTOUCH out-performs traditional PCAP that is in devices like Moto360 and Samsung Gear Live. It is ideal for wearable and IoT devices with super-low power requirements like 1X charge per week with wake on touch. duraTOUCH products include duraTOUCH controllers, touchscreens, and duraTOUCH Surface, a bendable wrap-able touch sensing surface. Look for this technology in the next generation of consumer electronics and wearable devices, you will now have technology that UICO previously shipped in millions only to customers in the heavy industrial and medical markets.

$230 Google Glass by Shenzhen Topsky, Android 4.3, Kopin 640×400, Ingenic

Posted by Charbax – October 15, 2015

Topsky is the only supplier of headmounted micro-display based devices that I have seen at Hong Kong tradeshows who may be able to provide a Google Glass like experience starting at $230 per unit for a 100-unit minimum order quantity. The only negative things about it is the Ingenic MIPS dual-core processor (instead of using Rockchip or Allwinner ARM solutions), and the software is "not yet" provided by Google, this doesn't run Google Glass UI, it doesn't run Android Wear UI, it runs Topsky's custom UI on top of Android, which looks good, but is not quite the same as having Google's support. What could happen though, is Google people watch this video and contact Topsky below, or maybe some hackers get it and improve it somehow. I look forward to try it out some more to see about the voice-control capabilities, if it hooks into Google Now yet or some other voice command Android app, and how in general it may or may not manage to use any other Android app that may work good for this user interface. My dream is still (since CeBIT 2005) to live-stream from my face and see a live chat from anyone watching about which questions to ask the people that I interview in 4K. Crucial for this "vision" is for affordable Google Glass type devices to become available. These need to be mass produced, the price can be lowered further, then the software platform should be open and fully supported by Google and by everyone! Let's make headmounted computing happen!

You can contact Topsky here (thanks for telling them you watched my video!)
Sofia Huang, Sales Manager
sofia@hktopsky.com
Mobile: +86 15815527996
Skype: sofiatopsky

Foxconn Smart Glass module by Gold Tek subsidiary

Posted by Gennie – June 20, 2015

Gold Tek, as a subsidiary company of Foxconn, was show the latest products on Computex 2015, include Google glass, smart watches, tablets.
Their latest Google glass module on Computex 2015, with a pico projector inside with resolution up to 1280*720, Easily synchronize with smart phone via WiFi or Bluetooth, photo and video recoding, navigation, voice commands, they are request orders from world wide now, MOQ from 10-15K.

$199 Allwinner Glass, better than Google Glass on Allwinner A33 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7

Posted by Charbax – April 22, 2015

Allwinner launches their sub-$200 Google Glass platform based on their Allwinner A33 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, designed by Taiwanese design house Coretronic, it integrates the same optical prism engine optics and design as Google Glass, takes 5 megapixel pictures and 720p video with its built-in camera, with a built-in touchpad on the side for navigation in Android, it builds in a 680mAh battery. Also comes with WiFi, BT4, GPS and classic sensors, it could also work with voice control (all depends on Android support). The $199 end consumer price that I write here in the title depends on what the distributors and the brands decide to sell it for, it depends on design house costs to production volume to brand who sells it to consumer's demand, the $199 price is me being enthusiastic and overly optimistic based on what I expect can be the demand, on what I expect some brand could decide to mass produce and sell large quantities for, based on what I know of the cost of Allwinner A33 (cheapest tablets sell below $30) and the expected cost of the microdisplay engine).

You can contact the design house for this Allwinner Google Glass here, thanks for letting them know you watched my video:
http://www.coretronic.com/en/company01.php
http://www.coretronic.com/en/contact.php
Sales Contact:
Ms. Reina Hu
TEL : +886-3-35772000 Ext. 7626
E-Mail : sales@coretronic.com

Best of MWC: MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch and Smart Glass!!

Posted by Charbax – March 21, 2015

MediaTek launches their MT2601 Android Wear ready (soon) Smartwatch platform, and also they show off their Kopin micro LCD Smart Glass solution on MediaTek Aster MT2502. In my opinion, these are the best looking Smartwatch and Smartglass at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Smartwatch that MediaTek is showing is designed by GoerTek and it runs Android 4.4 for now but Android 5.0 with Android Wear UI is coming soon for the MT2601 platform according to MediaTek. MediaTek MT2502 is running an ARM11 core to run the MediaTek LinkIt OS while MediaTek MT2601 is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 to run a full Android Lollipop with Android Wear soon supported! This is perhaps the optimal low cost Smartwatch and Smart Glass solution for the market, finally available from MediaTek, with soon to come Lollipop thus Android Wear supported.

Specs of the GoerTek MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch:
- 1.5” circular TFT LCD 320x320
- IPX7 waterproofing
- BT/BLE, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G cellular supported
- Android 4.4 OS (Lollipop Android Wear soon!)
- PPG heart-rate sensing
- Built-in microphone and speaker

Vuzix next generation Smart Glass design

Posted by Charbax – January 31, 2015

Vuzix is showing their next generation 1.4mm display engine that can fit into products that look like normal sunglasses, will support augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D. Intel just invested $25 million to buy 30% of Vuzix to help Vuzix get that next generation smart glass design to the consumer market sooner.

Sony Booth Tour with my 12-year old cousin

Posted by Charbax – January 28, 2015

Sony 4K World Cup TVs and cameras, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet, Sony Smart Glass, Sony E Ink SmartBand Talk, Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear, 4K Camcorder with Sony Xperia Z3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Sony Playstation 4 demos, Sony Action Camera, Sony RX100 and more.

Astri Smart Table Projector and Smart Glass

Posted by juliusaugustus – June 5, 2014

The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)'s portable interactive surface can carried anywhere and enables you to project a fully function from a variety of different devices such as Android devices. The surface can be as large as 20". The device received a Hong Kong ICT award for 2014. Astri also makes a headmounted display. Unfortunately the demo is somewhat buggy.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

Aprolink shows RK3168 SmartGlass

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 18, 2014

Aprolink is a Taiwanese company that is currently working on smart watch and smart glasses solutions. They are showing their new smart glasses along with a smart watch with a small OLED display. The smart glasses module is detachable that can be put on and off even in your prescription glasses. The smart glasses are powered by a Rockchip RK3168 CPU. The device has a HD micro display by Himax and runs Android 4.2. The smart glasses can be connected with other devices with its Bluetooth 4.0 and has a battery life expected up to 3 hours with its 500mAh battery. Aprolink smart glasses can be controlled by a touchpad that is located on the right side of the device and the retail price is expected to be under $500.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

Optinvent ORA SmartGlass with Augmented Reality

Posted by Kevin Sadria – April 14, 2014

Optinvent is a technology hardware designer company that is working on a augmented reality and smart wearables like glasses.

Optinvent ORA is the smart glasses device that Optinvent is working on at the moment. The ORA feels fairly well built and has a number of design features that are intended to make it usable for all types of workers in various industries. ORA glasses have mounting points for prescription lenses. The Optinvent ORA is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features a very small-screen version of Google's operating system. The device is controlled using the touchpad, which moves a cursor.

The glasses have an arm that moves up and down, which can place the display directly in the user's eyeline or just below it for quick glances. What that "True AR" mode effectively amounts to is a tilting display, one that can sit just below your eye-level for a "dashboard view" of incoming messages and other notifications, or moved right into your field of vision if you plan on going full-RoboCop. Google's Glass by comparison always places onscreen information above your eye-line.

Other specs include an eye-searing 3,000 nits brightness level, an ambient light sensor, a rechargeable battery good for between 4 and 8 hours of usage and a display that when positioned right in front of your eyes is the equivalent of having an 85-inch TV dangling off your face. The battery is said that will last three hours with intensive use or eight hours with typical use. The Optinvent ORA price starts at €699.

Optinvent is based in Rennes, France and Silicon Valley, United States.