The head-mounted display market is a lot bigger than just Google Glass. In the past, we’ve written about the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses that are available for both enterprise and consumer applications. The glasses are a complete Android computer that you wear on your head, with hands-free operation that can display images on a virtual screen that appears in front of the glasses. The system includes head-tracking and GPS, making it suitable for a wide range of augmented reality (AR) applications.
The company recently announced that the M100 glasses are now available a safety glasses version that can be made with prescription lenses. With side shields, the glasses meet the ANSI safety requirements. The glasses also have specific adjustments in the corner where the display is mounted, so the user can see a sharp image without strain or fatigue. The safety rating and prescription lens features will make the glasses even better suited for many enterprise applications where the device will be worn in a setting where eye protection is required.
This is just one more example of wearable technology moving out of the experimental niche markets and into broad acceptance in the workplace. As costs come down in response to increased production volume, the glasses will become more affordable for consumer applications as well, where a variety of Health Tech uses could provide valuable help and support to patients with a variety of conditions.