Florida-based tech company Human Capable is seeking backers for its augmented reality (AR) ‘everyday’ smart glasses.
Human Capable has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Norm Glasses, with almost 900 backers pledging more than £170,000 at the time of writing.
For less than $300, Norm Glasses backers can get a device that’s equipped with a wearable mini-computer that runs on an Android-based operating system.
The smart glasses, weighing just 30 to 36 grams, are voice-activated, feature dual speakers, open-ear sound and a heads-up display.
The ‘everyday’ design of Norm Glasses means all of the components are embedded inside the frames, including the CPU, memory, storage, battery, speakers, microphones, camera and optical system, which displays digital information in the user’s field of view.
Human Capable said the design concept “is such that wearers will not be able to tell their frames have a microcomputer built into them”.
“The sleek design also folds up into a standard glasses case. They can be hung on the shirt when not in use, just like normal sunglasses,” according to a press release.
Norm Glasses boast a 20-degree field of view with a large eyebox, enabling wearers to consume AR-based and other digital content with ease, without requiring a custom fitting. The frames also support tinted, polarised, transition or prescription lenses.
They pair via Bluetooth with Android or iOS smartphones, so wearers can make and receive phone calls, listen to content, manage emails and texts, capture and view video and photos, and update or check social media.
Human Capable founder Charles Sun said of Norm Glasses: “Although smart glasses have not yet hit the streets, they can be very helpful in our daily lives. However, in order for this to happen, they need to be comfortable, lightweight, and stylish.”
“We have worked very hard to achieve this in our design of Norm Glasses, and hope that they can bring practical value to people.”
“Our team is focused on human-machine interaction and has a vision to bring value to people’s daily lives,” continued Sun. “After four years of research and development, we are thrilled to introduce Norm Glasses on Kickstarter.”
Watch Human Capable’s Kickstarter promo video for Norm Glasses:
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