Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 Takes on Google

It seems like tech-friendly eyewear company Vuzix has been showing off HUD glasses at CES for years now. So, when they outed the M100 this year, it was just the latest product in a growing tradition.

This year, Vuzix is taking aim at Google’s Project Glass. It looks as sleek and functional as Google’s offering, but Vuzix is trying to one-up their competitors by actually getting the thing to market. The M100 will be worn on one ear, and will put a small 16:9 WQVGA display in front of one eye, remaining small enough to not actually block the user’s vision. The device will run an optimized version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’ll actually be pulling all of its data off your smartphone or tablet. The M100 will be able to pair up with most iOS and Android devices. A gyroscope and an accelerometer work together to help provide head tracking, so you won’t lose track of your display if you turn your head quickly.

There’ll also be an integrated, 720p camera. You’ll be able to use the M100 to snap photos, play back audio, or read tweets, emails, or texts. The end result will be augmented reality – a real heads-up display, transparent enough to where you won’t lose sight of the real world behind the data you’re viewing. It’ll be like having a smartphone in front of your eye at all times – which isn’t all that different from how things are today, when it’s put that way.

Of course, the big question is whether or not we’ll really see these things go on sale this year. Vuzix claims the M100 will in fact be available this year, but solid availability information is lacking, and so far there has been no word on pricing.