Vuzix targets mass market with new Blade AR glasses

Monday 8 January 2018 | 14:10 CET | News

Vuzix unveiled at CES a new pair of smart glasses to deliver augmented reality content from connected smartphones and computers. The Vuzix Blade comes with Android support for app developers as well as Vuzix's own app store, and can be paired also with iOS devices.

The glasses are designed to present info from the paired device in the wearer's field of vision, such as mapping directions, restaurant menus or weather information, as well as capture video and pictures and answer phone calls and texts right from the glasses. The content can be managed with swipes and taps or voice controls. The Vuzix Blade come with a companion smartphone app to manage applications and notifications from the connected device. 

Vuzix also targets enterprise and industrial users for the glasses, promising a simple, comfortable form factor that can also accommodate prescription glasses. For the enterprise user, the Vuzix Blade will pair with their smartphone or connect directly to a Wi-Fi network, allowing for custom secure industrial applications. 

Vuzix will release its AR glasses by the second quarter at a cost of about USD 1,000, CEO Paul Travers told Bloomberg. The company aims to bring the price down to under USD 500 by 2019. He also confirmed that these will be the first augmented reality glasses to support Amazon's digital assistant Alexa. 

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