I know what you're thinking, and yes: These are some dorky-looking AR glasses. What they lack in style, however, they arguably make up for in battery life. The ThirdEye X1 packs two hot-swappable batteries with a combined 2,400mAh of charge -- more than any of its competitors, apparently. That means the glasses, which project a 90-inch virtual "screen" roughly 10 feet in front of you, can last all day provided you have plenty of fresh batteries. At CES, I was able to put them on and get a brief glimpse of its AR capabilities. Unfortunately, though, the team at the booth could summon little more than a misty loading screen. (Lame.)
The team says its glasses are unique because it's developing both the hardware and software in parallel. They're meant primarily for enterprise customers. Think: engineers, doctors and teachers. Basically, people who might need to wear them for long periods of time. The company says it could have potential as a consumer product too, however. A sports broadcaster, for instance, might offer them to subscribers who want a big-screen (and some day, possibly multi-screen) viewing experience at home. Pricing is based on the client and their software needs. If you want a vanilla set of X1 glasses, however, they'll run you somewhere between $800 and $1000 when the device goes on sale in March.
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