Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses – a hands-free Augmented Reality experience

Last year Vuzix presented their Augmented Reality glasses at the CES 2018. After one year they return to the halls of the technology fair and bring some innovations with them.

A day in the life with Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses (Source: Vuzix)


At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Vuzix Corporation presented the next generation of its Blade Smart Glasses, which have changed since last time. Many new features were added to the promising Augmented Reality solution and the company, according to recent media reports, is currently working on a consumer version of its eyewear. Formerly known as “Blade General,” the retail version of Blade is already pre-ordered for $1,000 today and will be shipped in 4-6 weeks.

But there has also been a lot happening in the business sector with Smart Glass. The current version of Vuzix Blade focuses particularly on speech control and hands-free operation of the glasses.

“In many workplace environments, it can be difficult for users to operate smartphones or tablets to access database sites, so hands-free smart glasses can be highly functional tools in these cases.” – Paul Travers, President/CEO Vuzix</block ratio>
For example, information from the Salesforce Service Cloud can be accessed via the glasses. Interaction with a chatbot enriched with artificial intelligence is also possible and should enable the user to navigate quickly through the data.

The Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses offer a compact Smart Display with information projected directly into the field of vision using the waveguide optics developed by Vuzix and the Cobra II Display Engine.


The application areas are limitless, whether for navigation instructions, restaurant menus, warning messages or patient data, both in the private as well as in the professional area a multiplicity of possibilities are offered. So far, the glasses have also supported Amazon’s language assistant Alexa, with which, for example, smart home devices could be controlled. In the next update, however, the Google Assistant will also find its way into the glasses.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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