The Blade AR glasses fix Google Glass’ big problems


– This is Nick Stat with The Verge. We’re here at CES’s TechCom Gadget Show. We’re checking out the Vuzix Blade. It’s a pair of AR glasses
and it’s the real deal. This is Google glass,
but it actually works. So similar to Google glass this floats a little square image in your view. Unlike Google glass,
this is doing it directly over a pair of standard sunglasses. You don’t have to look
through a little prism. You don’t have to look very high up into right corner of your vision. It floats it right there in front of you. In fact, you can even move it up and down in the settings of the glasses themselves. The company, Vusix, they’re
from Rochester, New York. They’ve been working in this technology for almost two decades now. They’ve pretty much finally cracked it. Right now when AR is having a big moment and we’re seeing a ton
of AR goggles and glasses from all these different companies. Vusix here has come out
with a prototype device that actually works. Right now with these glasses you can do a number of different things. Right now, I’m looking at a home screen as it floats right above my
videographer Veerin right here. Now if I swipe with my right hand, I can go through different apps. There’s an Amazon Alexa app. That’s what makes these pair
of AR goggles really stand out is they’ve integrated
Amazon’s digital assistant right into them. You can speak to them
as if you were speaking to an Echo speaker or any
number of other Amazon devices. If you keep scrolling, go from
Alexa, there’s a little tank game that you can play. There’s a photo gallery so you
can pin some high res images and watch as they float
around your field of vision. They even have a FireFox browser here. That unfortunately does not work either ’cause the wifi is a
little bit spotty in here. The really cool thing
is they have a camera. If I tap right here, I get a live view of what my glasses are seeing. Then I can tap and take a photo. I can’t stress enough how
good this actually is. This is the first pair of AR glasses that are actually comfortable. They feel natural as they sit on my head. I don’t feel any
weirdness, any discomfort. They’re not squeezing
the backs of my head. It’s not lurching off the front of my nose in a really awkward way. They sit comfortably on your head and the image floats perfectly clear right in front of your face. Vuzix says they’ve only
been able to accomplish this by spending so many years
working on DLP projection which is what they have miniaturized and put right here in
the side of the glasses. Using a wave-guide system
to basically send the light back towards my eye. You’re probably wondering
how I can interact with the Vuzix Blade without
either using the touchpad or using my voice. Down the line, Vuzix says
they will actually be able to enable gesture control. So you can reach out in front of you and touch the digital
image and interact with it. Now a lot of other companies are trying this exact same thing, DLP
projection, wave guides. Companies like Magic Leap down in Florida and we’ve seen it in a
number of other companies here at CES, too. No company has really figured
it out quite like Vuzix has. I can’t say enough that
this is a pair of AR glasses that really feels like
it’s ready for primetime. If they sold this next month, I would certainly consider buying it. Now the company does plan
on selling it very soon. They plan on bringing a developer version to market in Q1 for $2,000. That gets you a developer version and also a consumer
version when that comes out in the second quarter of this year. If you just want the consumer version, you can buy that for $1,000. For all your augmented reality coverage, both of the devices that don’t work and the devices that like the
Vuzix Blade, actually do work. Check out TheVerge.com or
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  2. Should be able to take multiple photos by rolling your RRR's …da ting goes SKRRRRRRRRRAAATt~!!! boom! takes however photos with duration of rolling R'S

  3. I really want glasses to take off. I hate smart watches. I can't wear them with my job, but glasses don't get in my way

  4. This is not a pair of AR goggles. This is a pair of sunglasses with a notification screen… and whatever else it does. AR is overlaying digital information onto the real world with the use of some kind of framing device.

  5. I'll buy it IF I can connect a rear facing camera on my bicycle helmet, so I don't have to look into a jiggling mirror or twist around to see what's coming up behind me.

  6. This doesn't fix any of Google Glass' big problems. The big problems with Google Glass were social in nature. People did not appreciate being around those with them because the glasses advertised that you could be discretely taking pictures/videos/audio recording of other people as well as look like you're paying attention to someone when you're actually browsing the web.

    In short, Google Glass wasn't a technical failure, it was a socially ostracizing product. People may acclimate to HUDs built into glasses overtime, but is an issue which is independent of any single product's innovation.

  7. the biggest reason google glass was in your top right of vision was because google knows your all dumbasses and wanted to make it so you wouldnt use the damn thing and get distracted while driving

  8. Make it project two images to provide the illusion of 3d like VR does and then have gesture controls finely tuned to the distance the image appears to be at, and then include some sort of touch feedback (Even if I have to wear a glove) and then you have the perfect AR glasses. Don't do smell and taste, that's just a bad idea.

  9. If you reach out your finger and interact with the screen by touching the air, would you not need to keep your head completely steady? What would happen if you move your head while your finger is interacting?

  10. Realistically I can't see a lot of real-world use for this tech. If this acting as only a camera/hud display for say breaking news (think dues ex) and was inexpensive maybe. Realistically though what advantage to viewing a web browser in your glasses offer that doing so on a phone does not. It just sounds…kinda inconvenient and possibly dangerous? While gesturing sounds neat and all how many people are going to feel comfortable waving their hands about in public and speaking to invisible voices in their glasses? There's also the downsides to this…which have been discussed with google glasses. You know the old invasion of privacy thing. ETC ETC.

  11. When something like this actually generates a light field and can place objects in 3d space, THEN AR will be ready for primetime.

  12. If I ever see someone wearing these ugly ass looking AR glasses my first instinct will be to knock them off their head and stomp them to bits.

  13. why wont they put an eyeball tracker on it? that was already possible on some old film canons. would be much better than doing gestures.

  14. I want the control on the tip of my fingers so no one will know I am surfing, having to put you hand on your head is pathetic.

  15. The WiFi at CES was spotty???? WoW!!!

    There's been allegations published that media outlets like the Verge, that their reviews of the Blade were the result of media placements arranged by a company called IRTH Communications.

    Was the Verge compensated in any way to provide this review? Here is a link to a PR from legal firm investigating the allegations that Vuzix was engaged in a stock promotion scheme which resulted in the company raising $30 million from heightened media exposure:

    https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/ongoing-investigation-alert-schall-law-161500673.html

  16. The only way smart glasses will go mainstream at $1000 price mark… is if they integrate with cell carriers and allow them to lease the glasses like phones. Also they will have to look a whole lot better and have more third party apps. Not too far off though.

  17. I basically just want to see my speed and possibly a GPS map. I ride a Onewheel and I would absolutely love to monitor my speed without pulling out my phone or looking at my wrist.

  18. just thinking nerd glasses.. you know the stereotypical ones on tv shows with the tape in the middle to hold them together

  19. I'm legally blind and can only see my phone's screen clearly 2 inches from my face…
    Would this display work for me?

  20. give me a pair of those, and like $500, I will show you the future. I can tell you every single thing wrong with those and make them into something no one even thought could exist.

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