Vue are the Smartglasses that can replace your Smartwatch
Vue are prescription, crowdfunded glasses that launched on Kickstarter and function as a fitness tracker, bone conduction headphones, and a Bluetooth mic for phone calls. The glasses pair with phones through a companion iOS / Android app, so wearers can also track their glasses if they lose them.
Perhaps the biggest change is that there is no display — instead, you communicate with the device through voice. Also unlike Google Glass, the glasses do not have earbuds. Instead, the use bone conduction technology to send sound waves as vibrations through your skull. That way, your ears are freed up for day-to-day activities and there is no unsightly earbud in your ear while you are in a meeting. Vue also has a little microphone, so you can ask the glasses to do things throughout the day. For example, you can ask to listen to music, make a phone call, and so on.
The technology is more subtle than a screen. Packed inside the Vue frames is quite a bit of technology – bone conduction pads that will allow you to pick up a phone call, a tiny LED light for notifications, a microphone, a battery, and an accelerometer for step tracking. The LED light at the corner of the wearer’s peripheral vision can be set to flash when receiving an email or text message.
You can get the glasses in three styles — as a prescription, plain non-prescription glasses, or sunglasses. On top of that, you can choose from different shapes, and from three colors, including black, white, or brown. Vue says it’s partnering with an FDA-approved lenses manufacturer that’ll handle the prescriptions.
So far, the Vue smart glasses have reached a hefty take of over $930,000, well over their $50,000 funding goal, so safe to say they are being funded. If you want a pair for yourself, head to the Vue Kickstarter campaign, where you can currently get a pair starting at $179.