Tech Tuesday: ICIS Smart Eyewear Launches

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voyager-bg1-e1373399215921The wearable tech eyeglass business is ramping up nicely. Nissan, Samsung, Apple, Sony, Ion, Zeal, Telepathy, Microsoft  and more are all in the game. The latest to be launching on Kickstarter is Icis by LeForge Optical. 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 Bold is our higher end product line that offers a greater pixel density than that of Icis.’

HOW IT WORKS

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.

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.

There will be 3 styles to start and the pricing is a only $200 for preorders and via Kickstarter. After that the price goes to $400. Big difference between Google Glass for $1500. Delivery is in mid 2014.

Interesting concept, the styles are a tad bulky but very wearable, you can do your prescription, syncs with your phone…. We will see how it plays out.

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