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.
Kopin Corporation shows their latest wearable computing microdisplay, the Pupil display module, it's tiny and can be integrated directly into the top frame of Glasses, no need to add a layer in front of the glasses like Google Glass anymore. Pupil see-through optics, with its height smaller than the pupil of the human eye, allows see-through and see-around without obstructing the outside view. Kopin's microdisplays with the Pupil optics provide the most compact Smartglass microdisplay modules that can show vivid and bright images, even under full sunlight.
Vuzix is showing their $1000 Smart Glass headmounted computer solution uses a compact WQVGA 16:9, 1Ghz OMAP4430 Powered, White Pearl display module and ultra-low-power driver IC from Kopin Corporation, 16GB Flash, 32GB MicroSD support, head-tracking sensors are 3 axis Gyro, 3 axis Accelerometer and 3 axis Magnetometer. 600mAh battery offering 1-2 hours of display usage but much more can be achieved with an external 3800mAh battery pack. Camera does 5megapixel photos and 1080p video. Mounting options include over head, Safety Glasses and can be used on either left or right eye. They have an SDK for further Android development for it links up using Bluetooth 4.0 to Android or iOS host device. You can read more about it here: http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100/
Chipsip Technology at the Rockchip booth at CES 2014 presents their PCB Design using the ultra low power dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3168 SoC using POP Memory in a form factor that can fit in a Google Glass type of device, Rockchip powered. This means SoC, RAM and Flash all occupy the same space as the SoC alone, the rest of the PCB being for a few more things like Bluetooth/WiFi, sensors, power management and a few more. This design thus can fit in a headmounted Android computer configuration, display the Android UI in the heads-up display, here using the the same HIMIX display that Google uses in Google Glass. Taiwan based ChipSiP Technology is a PCB Design house who designs Rockchip based PCBs and products, they are also working to integrate the Rockchip RK3188 in this type of Google Glass like form factor. The price of end-units all depends on the volume of mass production, it would be expensive if volume remains low, but the price can come down to much lower if these designs are quickly mass produced.
Here is ChipSiP's contact informations (please only contact them if you are a serious bulk purchasing potential customer):
ChipSIP Technology Co Ltd
Jay Hsu, Assistant Manager, Logic SiP Division, Project Control and Management
Telephone: +886 988 867 129
Glashion is a Google Glass project that allows you to buy fashion products that you are looking at. Look at any fashionable bag or dress on a bypasser or in a store, and then the app queries the ShopStyle API for similar matches based on object recognition technology. You simply tell Glass when you see a product, “Ok glass, I want this!” and you can then buy the product with a blink. At least that is their idea.
NTT Docomo demonstrates their latest R&D ideas for a smarter life in Japan, NTT Docomo is Japan's biggest mobile carrier. Their show things ranging from Google Glass like devices (the Epson, Vuzix and some other heads-up-display with added Logitech like USB cameras it looks like, running demo software), green vegan food Radish Boya (now aquired by NTT Docomo), bike sharing and more.
Topsky is a producer of headmounted video-glasses. The glasses themselves have a WVGA resolution and sell for around 290 USD. In the future they might release products with Android and Wifi. Topsky sells around 2,000 units per month and primarily targets the European market. They also produce conventional 3D glasses. They also sell HDMI Sticks as well as speakers.
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Robert Scoble is showing off the Google Glass at the Next Berlin conference, he gave an awesome keynote on Context, the upcoming wearable computing revolution. Robert Scoble has been using his Google Glass for about a week and offers here some of his impressions and thoughts on this Google headmounted computer Prototype. Check back on http://ARMdevices.net for much more on the features and performance of the Google Glass and all other wearable computing devices that I'll video-blog in the weeks to come.
Robert Scoble's keynote video is here:
At Mobile World Congress 2013 the nomobile.ru guys interviewed me showing off my video-blogging setup and my latest gadgets. I wasn't able to use the Kopin Golden-i 3.8 to live augment my video-blogging at MWC because it was stuck in customs.
See more about how I video on my How I video-blog page.
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