Sunday, December 1, 2013

Icis Smart glasses : an alternative for Google glass

New player in the smart-glasses world has arrived in the form of Icis. This new Google Glass alternative is said to be much more immersive than Glass — and much less geeky. I wrote about other smart glasses like Vuzix, Google glass and space glass in my previous post.

ICIS Smart Glasses
Image by (http://www.laforgeoptical.com)
The product is a set of smart glasses — “smartspecks” — that can give you heads-up directions, take pictures, record videos, display on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates from your friends, and more. Just like Google Glass, connectivity to the cloud is via your phone. Unlike Google Glass, however, all the intelligence resides in an app on that phone and It doesn't have Augmented reality feature or an object tracking feature.

Icis is prescription eyewear that you can use to display notifications from your social networks and turn-by-turn directions in your field of vision. The eyewear will come in a variety of styles and colors and are meant for people who wish to have real time data relayed to them in a way that is not as distracting as having to monitor your smartphone. Icis also features a camera, microphone, and speaker for you to use in whatever way you like.

ICIS Smart Glasses
Image by (http://www.laforgeoptical.com)
Icis is a bluetooth accessory controlled by a smartphone app. The app will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. When you download the app and pair Icis to your phone, all you have to do is select the apps on the phone that you would like to get realtime updates from and which navigation app you would like to receive turn-by-turn notifications from.

LaForge’s product, unlike Google Glass , works as a convention pair of prescription glasses, and has a fully immersive user experience — it doesn’t require you to look up and to the right to see a tiny LCD screen, for instance. But it’s the ordinary, average, everyday look of a pair of glasses that’s one of the key difference.

To interface with apps in Icis, use the touchpad and shortcut buttons, on the arms of the glasses to do a variety of things from taking pictures, recording messages, or changing display modes.


ICIS Smart Glasses
Image by (http://www.laforgeoptical.com)
How does it work?
this "smartspecks" use a custom frame that has the electronic components, such as the battery, display and bluetooth antenna embedded within it. The custom lens that they use, can be cut to nearly any shape and allows users to see the information on the display in front of the user. Basically app is used to relay the information and data between glass and smartphone.

 Original Post by John Koetsier,venturebeat 

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