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Vuzix Smart Glasses M100

Vuzix's Smart Glasses M100 are slated for launch early next year.

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Researchers are making strides in developing wearable computer technology, particularly high-tech glasses that double as computer displays. For example, Ghent University researchers recently announced that they developed a rounded and curved liquid crystal display that could turn contact lenses into sunglasses or a highly pixilated display. The technology takes advantage of the entire display surface and could be used to control light traveling toward the retina in case of a damaged eye, for cosmetic purposes to change the color of a person's iris, and eventually as a head-up display.

Meanwhile, Google demonstrated a prototype of its display glasses in June, and Oculus ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for its virtual reality Rift goggles this summer. The developer version of the Google Glasses is set to ship in early 2013, while Oculus plans to develop prototype kits so developers can build out software that can make its goggles usable with existing games.

In addition, Vergence Labs has successfully funded its social video-sharing sunglasses on Kickstarter, and the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a wearable Android computer, is expected to be available early next year. The M100 will offer hands-free phone calls, image capture, Web surfing, text messaging, and navigation.

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