When your sunglasses can get the job done, who needs a smartphone? This is probably the thinking that led to the creation of the Blade 3000. These are sunglasses that do more than shade your eyes from the sun. In fact, these are smart enough to tell you that you’ve got new email. Now, who says you still need to bring your phone everywhere you go?
The company behind this augmented reality glasses is Vuzix. It specializes in smart glasses, virtual reality and augmented reality products for both companies and consumers. The idea is to produce wearable devices that provide “portable high-quality viewing experience.” Currently, Vuzix is the owner of 49 patents and 43 more additional patents in the Video Eyewear industry.
Blade 3000, Smarter Than Your Average Sunglasses
Among its products is the Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses. “This is basically a smartphone in the form of a pair of sunglasses,” said Vuzix president and CEO Paul Travers. Unlike your average sunglasses, the Blade 3000 is powered by the Android 5.0 system.
It boasts of an 8 megapixel camera so you can see everything clearly. As for connections, it has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Based on a recent video report by NBC news, these sunglasses allow you to access all sorts of apps while walking around. When you are heading to your favorite store, it can alert you if there is a promo or sale going on. At the same time, it will alert you in case you have new email. What’s more, you can use these sunglasses to access Skype.
The way you control the Blade 3000 is through gesture control using a touchpad built into the temple. A few swipes with your fingers allows you to access apps in the sunglasses.
You can own your own pair of smart sunglasses soon.
If you want to own a pair, you don’t have to wait too long. The Blade 3000 will be available by the second half of 2017. The retail price is $500.