Back in December, word got out that a new generation of Google Glass, which will reportedly be powered by an Intel processor, will release sometime this year. Its current Explorer version carries a hefty price tag, and has been subject to rejection in public spaces. These issues have prevented it from going mainstream before it had a chance to prove its usefulness, but the industry has not yet given up on the technology.
With CES right around the corner, a number of companies have promised to bring augmented glasses to the show, including Sony, Atheer, Jins, Samsung, and Oculus. Recently, Osterhout Design Group has announced that they too will bring their own smart glasses to the much-awaited event.
The small San Francisco-based company wants to impress attendees with a sub-$1000 pair of augmented glasses that feature a Wayfarer design, and powerful internals: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a 720p 100fps camera, and see-through 3D displays.
According to executive vice president Pete Jameson, the 125g device will run Android, and will be able to do pretty much anything a tablet can do, falling somewhere in between Google Glass and Oculus Rift. The glasses will run standard Android for easier app and game development, and you'll be able to enjoy movies as if you were watching a 65 inch TV from across the room.
Once just a sci-fi dream, smart glasses are slowly becoming a reality for consumers, and we can't wait to see what companies have prepared for the Consumer Electronics Show next week.