Driving the interest in the future of augmented reality, Microsoft's holographic wearable is more headset than glasses | Source: Wired

Beyond the Lens: Five of The Best Smart Glasses To Buy in 2022

While we choose to continually embrace smart tech that makes our lives easier – from smartphones, smartwatches, or smart wearables – it’s no surprise our interaction with technology is growing. And, the latest cab off the rank to catch our eye is smart eyewear.

Stephen Mears, the Research Analyst at Futuresource Consulting, predicts the wearable eye market to account for around 10 per cent of all consumer electronics revenues by 2023. Here is a look at some of the best smart glasses to buy in 2022.

Ray-Ban Stories

Developed in collaboration with Facebook, these smart glasses come in three popular Ray-Ban frames – Meteor, Round, and Wayfarer. The stylish sunglasses are bluetooth headphones, that can upload videos and take pictures. The capture button on the side features a touch-sensitive surface for call, playback, and volume controls.

ray ban stories
Price A$449 | Source: VR Source

Amazon Echo Frames 2nd Gen

Taking Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa and putting it in a pair of glasses is the essence of the Echo Frames. The 2nd generation smart glasses aren’t AR intuitive meaning the feedback isn’t visible on-screen but comes through four directional speakers. They allow you to control your smart home, receive notifications, make calls and listen to music.

Amazon-Echo-Frames
Price A$250 | Source: AppleInsider

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Driving the interest in the future of augmented reality, Microsoft’s holographic wearable is more headset than glasses. The second generation focuses more on the work environment with advanced sensors, room scale tracking and microphones and cameras. The very immersive experience is projected on the large high definition lenses that create multi-dimensional full-colour images at up to 2k resolution with low latency.

Microsoft HOLOLENS-2
Price from A$5,599 | Source: Wired

Snap Spectacles

The latest generation of the Snapchat smart glasses comes in an all-new design, two HD cameras and #D AR features. They now project virtual images into the world directly in front of the wearer with 4GB of onboard storage for around 100 videos or 1,200 photos. They also come with a charging case to keep the smart glasses powered on-the-go.

Snap Spectacles
Price around A$600 | Source: Tech Radar

Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses

Aside from the AR capabilities the Vuzix Blade also has integrated speakers, noise cancelling-microphones and a quality camera. The right side of the UV protection lens features a full-colour display that projects graphics into the real world and the head motion tracking responds to the wearers movement. The Blade pairs with smart phones to receive notifications and has Wi-Fi compatibility.

Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses
Price around A$1120 | Source: Tom’s Hardware

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