Vuzix wants to conquer the consumer market with lightweight and fashionable technical glasses. What does the Vuzix Ultralite offer?
Data glasses specialist Vuzix presents a new pair of glasses for consumers: the Vuzix Ultralite is thin and robust, but weighs as much as ordinary glasses and has a similar appearance.
Vuzix Ultralite: smart glasses for Android and iOS
The Vuzix Ultralite only works with a mobile device. The smart glasses pair with a smartwatch or smartphone via Bluetooth. It then uses a Waveguide screen to project content from the mobile device directly into the user’s field of vision. The glasses support Android and iOS devices.
Ultralite is intended for hands-free use and should therefore support voice control. However, Vuzix does not explicitly mention this feature. It’s also unclear if there’s a touchpad. Battery life is quoted at two days.
Smart glasses are available in different colors and sizes, as well as with different thicknesses of corrective lenses. The design looks quite decent, modern and should hardly be distinguishable from a normal pair of glasses at first sight.
At the specified 38 grams, the smart glasses would actually be a flyweight among their peers. For comparison: The AR Nreal Light headset weighs 143 grams with cable. The maximum recommended weight for normal glasses is 50 grams.
According to Vuzix, the Ultralite is suitable for language translations, subtitles, news, directions, or checking your training status.
Ultralite is a reference design for manufacturers
The Vuzix Ultralite is intended for consumers, but will not be sold directly. Instead, Vuzix plans to offer Ultralite as an OEM platform for manufacturers. The company is already working with consumer electronics brands to bring “the ultimate lightweight and affordable smart glasses solution” to market.
Vuzix can already be proud of its first prize: the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) honors the Ultralite with a CES Innovation Award. With this prize, the electronics fair rewards products with an innovative design. CES 2023 will take place January 5-8 in Las Vegas.
Recently, Vuzix also unveiled a pair of data glasses for the industry. The Vuzix 2 Blade is specially designed for businesses and offers HD photography or video streaming for employees.