It’s not a secret that the future of video recording is perched on your nose. Even if Google Glass never really takes off, the hands-free form factor and high-quality video you can get with video glasses makes it highly appealing to journalists and filmmakers. And Pivothead has decided to build modular glasses just for them.
Glasses That Go To Pieces
The SMART Glasses’ best feature is the ports on either end of the stems. They’re designed to let you swap in different modules to achieve different effects. One of the modules, for example, is designed to livestream video, so if you want to cover the news, or show off what’s going on in real time, you just fire up the glasses. There’s a computing module that adds a bunch of sensors and a rudimentary computing function. And, naturally, there’s a battery to get extended life. Needless to say, there’s only two at a time, but hey, they’re all useful.
A Solid Camera On Their Own
Besides that, the SMART Glasses are just a solid little video camera on their own. The footage is shot in 1080p, of course, and can be stored onboard in the 16GB of memory, which can, of course, be expanded courtesy of a microSD slot. Instead of using an in-eye system, a series of LEDs embedded in the frame tell you what’s going on, whether you’re recording, and where your battery level happens to be. It’s not revolutionary, but if you need video handy, this will fit the bill.
You won’t have to wait long to try out Pivothead’s new glasses; they’ve finished a funding campaign quite successfully and are targeting April for a release date. The price is pretty much in line with what you might expect: You’ll be paying $630 to get the glasses and all three of the attachable modules.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.