Here’s a quick chronology of the smartglass race so far. First, there was a whole bunch of science fiction movies and cyberpunk novels that espoused that we would one day live in a world in which everyone wore virtual reality glasses on our eyes like some kind of cyborg weirdos. Then, of course, that actually came to pass once Google unloaded their Glass eyewear device on the world. Then, while Google quietly prepped a consumer grade model of their Glass eyewear device, every other company under the sun announced their own copycat versions. Thus, the race was born. Who will win? Our bet is on the tortoise.
Vuzix, who are no stranger to the tech-heavy eyewear game, were one of the first companies out of the gate with the announcement of their M100 smartglasses way back in December of 2012. Of course, no pricing or availability was given at the time. Flash forward a year, and the company has finally released info on both. That’s right, you can finally preorder the Android-powered Google Glass copycat device and get it on your eyes later this month. Hey. That’s in just a few weeks! The future comes faster than anyone could have ever predicted, even William Gibson.
Of course, there is a downside to all of this upside. The Vuzix M100 smartglasses will retail for around twice what was originally announced by the company. Just how much will a pair of these set you back? Around $1,000. That’s like 500 slices of pizza or 1,000 slices of pizza at one of those bizarre dollar slice joints. That might seem pricey, and it is, but keep in mind that Google Glass currently costs a whopping $1,500. The future aint cheap folks.