Startup Envisions $200 Google Glass Alternative

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 10 months ago)

Wearable devices are fast becoming one of the most popular trends in technology today, with smartwatches by Pebble and Samsung, as well as the infamous Google Glass project. Whilst Glass seems like an amazing idea to most people, the technological specs are also far out of the price range of the average consumer. One startup in Massachusetts may have an alternative to the pricey devices.

 An unfunded 5-person startup does not sound like much when compared to an web giant like Google, but LaForge Optical may just be up for the job. The tiny company has produced a set of smart glasses which they've dubbed "smartspecs", and which operate in much the same way as Google Glass. Smartspecs can provide directions, record videos, snap pictures and deliver social media updates, just to name a few of the functions. The glasses use your phone to connect to the cloud, but unlike Google Glass, this is all done via a single app.

 Another advantage in this potential David and Goliath tale is the fact that, unlike the somewhat impractical first release of Google Glass, smartspecs are completely compatible with prescription lenses. It is estimated that up to 65% of the total population of the world require glasses in some capacity, making this a huge market which is as yet still lost to Google.

 Incredibly enough, the first version of the smartspecs will only cost around $200, though the project is looking for funding through Kickstarter. The small team of engineers and developers that make up the startup are currently almost ready to begin taking pre-orders for the first 100 smartspecs for a select group of lucky customers.

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