As much as I am skeptical about smart glasses, I think it will be a useful gadget – IF they don’t make you look like a cyborg, and/or make people around you feel uncomfortable. If you are on the same page as me, you will want to give Norm Glasses a look. Like many smart glasses before it, Norm Glasses is an augmented reality eyewear. However, it differs from the norm (pun not intended) by looking just like a regular eyewear.
Coming from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, startup Human Capable Inc., Norm Glasses promised to be a pair of smart glasses that is lightweight with head-up display that puts information you want to know right before your eyes. With it, you will be able to make and receive calls, read/listen/reply text messages, read/send emails, snap pictures, record videos, live stream video, watch video, listen to music, turn-by-turn navigation, search the Web, update and/or check social media, and even scan QR code and Barcode.
Head-up display technology is responsible for putting information and images before you, while built in speakers and microphone affords for two-way communication and other audio experience. It is not a standalone, do it all device though; it will still need your smartphone. But as a boon, it means you will not require to pull out your phone to do most of the things you have to do on your smartphone.
Norm Glasses does all of the above all without looking intimidating to those around you and also, as said, won’t make you look like a cyborg. In fact, it is kind of stylish. Not going to lie.
Norm Glasses uses Bluetooth 4.1 LE for wireless communication with your phone and packs a bunch of sensors (9-axis gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer), a mini computer (dual core, up to 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage), and a battery good for 4 days standby, or 4-5 hours of continuous use.
Like I have said, I am skeptical and I have good reasons. Software reliability is one. Plus, miniaturizing of the tech to pack into the relatively slim frame. Considering the smart glasses we have seen so far can’t do without chunky temple, I reserve the right to be skeptical. Can it really pack so many electronics in a frame that looks almost like a regular pair of eyewear? Also considering how bespoke Focals by North is and yet, it sometimes don’t live up to expectation as far as HUD does, we are even my skeptical.
Anywho, if you believe that Norm Glasses can deliver, you may want to take the dive in pre-ordering a unit on Kickstarter for $199-369. If all goes as planned, delivery should happen as early as December 2019. With so much promised, it is no surprised that the campaign is already funded and so, all that’s left to do is for the company to deliver on its promises. Skip ahead for the pitch video to learn more.
All images courtesy of Human Capable Inc..
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