Vuzix Corp. has made another stride in its battle to keep up with its biggest competitor, Google Inc.’s Google Glass.
Vuzix’s M100 Smart Glasses, a hands-free smartphone display and communications device worn on one’s head, earned the “Best AR Hardware Innovation” award at the 2013 Augmented Reality Summit in London last week. The entries were judged on various criteria, including imagination, market perception and uniqueness.
Vuzix, a Henrietta-seller of video eyewear, was also shortlisted in two other categories, including “Best AR Technology Platform” and “AR Awards Champion of 2013.”
Vuzix has touted the M100 as an important product for the company’s future. The M100 has a built-in color display and runs on the Android system in conjunction with a smartphone. The headset can be used for global positioning systems, taking photos, recording video and more.
Since the announcement of the M100, the product has drawn comparisons to Google Glass, a wearable computer with a head mounted display. Google Glass was not up for any awards at the summit.
“We expected the M100 to be well received within the industry and already it is showing great potential, working with fantastic AR apps, such as WordLens, Metaio's AR SDK and Juniao, Augmate's enterprise based AR tools, SAP's enterprise applications, and many others,” said Vuzix CEO Paul Travers, in a statement. “This award demonstrates the recognition by those that are deeply involved with the ever changing world of augmented reality.”
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