Google Glass Alternatives

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Google Glass Alternative worth trying

Google glass was a failure or success ? Its a very debatable question, but in Pilot phase it could not do well, That’s why, Google is redesigning Glass from Scratch.

Glass project is now taken care by Ivy Ross, a jewelry designer and Tony Fadell. Initially Google glass costed around 1,500 $ and is still available on Ebay.in for a whooping price of 1.30 lac.

Google Glass Alternatives

1. Optinvent Ora

The ORA digital eyewear platform enables a multitude of hands free wireless mobile computing applications such as location based services, logistics, maintenance, sports, messaging, situation awareness, and much more. It can run applications as a standalone wearable computer and can connect via WiFi and Bluetooth to any smart device.



The virtual screen of the ORA has two configurations allowing both “augmented reality” and “glance” modes. This “Flip-Vu” feature allows the image to be either directly in the wearer’s field of view or just below.

The ORA is equipped with a dual core processor w/ GPU, camera, microphone, sound, inertial sensors, WiFi, Blootooth, GPS, ambient light sensor, photochromic lenses, and a high capacity rechargeable battery. The ORA is a new mobile computing paradigm allowing for a truly unique hands-free AR experience

2. Vuzix M100

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses serve up the digital world “hands free”, offering unprecedented access to information, data collection and more. Enhance existing workflows and open new opportunities in industrial, medical, retail, materials management and so many more aspects of your business.


Google glass Alternative Vuzix

The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses is an Android-based wearable computer, enhanced with a wearable monocular display and computer, recording features and wireless connectivity capabilities designed for commercial, professional, and prosumer users. Its pre-installed apps can be used to record and playback still pictures and video, track timed events, manage your calendar, link to your phone and more. The M100 is compatible with thousands of existing Android apps and easy access to developer resources enables the creation of custom apps to suit virtually any need






3. Sony Smarteye Glass Attach

“We’re developing some with industrial applications in mind, but our strengths are not in business so our primary focus is the mainstream consumer,” Hiroshi Mukawa, developer of the Eyeglass projector technology, told the Guardian. “Of course, that’s very challenging.”



The glasses have a camera mounted in the left-hand lens and use an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to track the motion of the wearer’s head, overlaying information to create augmented reality. They connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, allowing Android apps to use the glasses for heads-up information.







4. Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is the first holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely untethered – no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to pin holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world.

Microsoft Holo Lens

Microsoft Holo Lens

Microsoft HoloLens features see-through, holographic, high-definition lenses and spatial sound so you can see and hear holograms in the world around you. Complete with advanced sensors and a new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that understands the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real-time.







5. Jins Meme

Jins (strictly speaking, J!NS), the Japanese spectacles brand, has launched the world first eyewear that lets you see yourself.

The glasses measure tiredness and concentration based on changes in eye moment. JINS MEME can then judge how much mental or physical strain you are under, even if you yourself dont notice.

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jins meme

The glasses then actually alert you before you cross the threshold after which you won’t be able to recover.The glasses contain small metallic electrooculography (EOG) sensors in the bridge, nose pads and the ear bars. These sensors track electrical potential in eye movements and differences between cornea and retina can be checked against standards for alertness.







6. ODG R-6

Information at the speed of Light. 



  • Large, 3D, HD, sunlight readable screen for enhanced viewing anywhere, anytime.
  • See-thru or fully immersive – be totally connected to your environment or immerse yourself in the digital world.
  • Integrated sensors create an intuitive, hands-free and amazing AR and VR experiences.
  • Location and position aware and body position independent – works no matter your location or activity.
  • High frame rate camera offers first-class object tracking and incredible first person videos.
  • ReticleOS® operating system on Android gives you the freedom of Android optimized for AR.


7. Recon Jet

Recon Jet is a powerful standalone microcomputer with the onboard processing power, suite of sensors and networking capabilities you would expect from a tablet or smartphone. Its open platform and SDK allows developers to create apps for any activity where information, relayed direct-to-eye, changes the game.

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recon jet

Axis sensors

  • 3D accelerometer
  • 3D gyroscope
  • 3D magnetometer

Pressure sensor

  • Altimeter & barometer application

Ambient temperature sensor

Optical touch sensor for UI control

Works in all weather conditions, and with gloves on


1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9On-board memory

  • 8GB flash


8. Meta Pro – $ 667

Meta Pro is the most advanced AR eyewear on the market. Hailed the best looking AR glasses on the market by Forbes Magazine and winner of the 2014 CES Best in Show Award, the Meta Pro is superhero spec.

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  • Resolution: 960 x 540 pixels (qHD)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • FOV Expander Lens: 35 degree field of view
  • Shade Lens: 23 degree field of view
Depth Camera
  • Resolution: 320×240 (QVGA) pixels 3D time-of-flight depth camera with Field of View (H x V x D): 74 x 58 x 87 degrees
  • Frame Rate: 30fps
Color Camera
  • Resolution: 1280×720 (MJPEG)


9. Epson Movie Rio




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  • Smart Glasses Have Potential to Impact Interactions
    Google’s no stranger to shaking up the social media landscape. Its Google+ application and social media platform enabled business and individuals to expand their interactions with multiple people simultaneously. Google+ hangout cuts the distance between several people from miles or kilometers down to the number of inches between a face and a computer screen.

    So now the company known for its can-do attitude is making waves with its own brand of smart glasses (known as Google Glass). Like a smart phone placed right on the bridge of your nose, Google Glass brings the power of a smartphone literally within your line of sight while walking around town, taking the subway, or skydiving (as seen in one of its demo videos).

    Wearing the glasses enables people to see their text messages and emails, play music through its speaker that uses bone vibrations, and check the weather without the need for your hands, computer, or smartphone. It’s the elimination of another device in social connectivity.

    But where Google Glass has the biggest impact is how it elevates the connection between people and others’ social experiences.

    The glasses give friends live streaming video of what you’re seeing. The GPS system inside the frame gives you a real time update of how far away a friend is from your location, and gives you directions through Google Maps. Its microphone lets you dictate and send text messages, and applications allow users to do the same with emails. Pictures can be taken with its camera, and shared. It uses voice commands for its features.

    Smartglasses also give consumers the on-the-spot ability to obtain information on businesses, their products, and reviews. A user can compare pricing information among multiple stores just by looking at a price tag, taking a picture, and running a voice command.

    Like smartphones, smartglasses bring people more information faster, but it eliminates the need for a phone or computer. Pretty soon company representatives will be accessible via smartglasses, linking people and companies together to assist consumers in navigating computer problems or building furniture items.

    Google Glass is the first of its kind to expand our ordinary range of interaction – from the real world to the virtual world. Social media – and Google – is no stranger to breaking boundaries and bridging the gap between people located anywhere in the world.

    With Google Glass on the horizon, that gap will soon be shortened to the use of your sense of vision. Which is something we’re all looking forward to seeing.

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