Norm Glasses: Lightweight, normal looking AR Smart Glasses
Norm Glasses are lightweight, normal looking smart glasses, equipped with a wearable mini-computer, camera, speakers, and a head-up display (HUD) that can display information in your field of view (similar to watching a 50" TV located 4 yards away). Imagine the possibilities of being able to take pictures, record videos, make phone calls, or even watch videos, without having to pull out your phone. All components are embedded discreetly inside the frame, people around you won't be able to tell any technology is present. Norm Glasses can be hung on your shirt or blouse when not in use, just like normal sunglasses. The sleek design also folds up into a standard eyeglass case.
The following is an unedited video and audio recording captured on a Norm Glasses Prototype. Please note that the the camera tuning is yet to complete and video quality will be better.
This video shows the booting process of Norm Glasses prototype.
The following video was captured behind the right lens of Norm Glasses while slowly moving the camera away.
Head Up Display - Visibility anywhere you go!
Take pictures easily without pulling out your phone
Record videos or live broadcast, hands free
Scan product barcodes for online reviews and pricing comparisons
Listen to music, audio books, etc. comfortably
- Read instructions/recipes or watch videos while you hands are busy
- Turn-by-turn Navigation shown in your field of view
- See who is calling without pick up the phone.
The possibilities are endless...
With an Android-based system, Norm’s functionalities can be extended with apps in the same way as on smartphones. In addition, Norm supports integration with voice platforms such as Alexa - their functionalities are available to you anywhere you go.
Listen to what some people are saying about Norm Smart Glasses.
Also check out what https://next.reality.news, the authority news website on augmented reality, had to say after trying Norm Glasses. The article is packed with details about Norm Glasses and their experiences.
We will be offering Norm Glasses in three different colors, which will be determined with a poll when the campaign ends.
Production version of the glasses will be a tiny bit slimmer than the prototype; the shape of temple maybe slightly different from that on this page.
- Tinted with or without a prescription
- Transition with or without a prescription
- Polarized with or without a prescription
- Clear with or without a prescription
Tinted, polarized, or clear lenses without prescription are free.
If the campaign reach $500k stretch goal, transitional lenses without prescription will be free as well.
For prescription lenses, they are fulfilled by existing businesses in this field. We pass the actual cost of prescription lenses to you.
You can select lenses and provide prescription information when the campaign ends. We will deliver the glasses with the prescription lenses pre-installed. For multi-vision prescriptions such as bifocals, please see FAQs.
First phase: Phone Calls, Contacts, Text Messages, Camera, Video Recorder, Voice Recorder, Gallery, Media Player, Navigation, Clock, Weather
Second Phase: Email, Social Media, Live Streaming, Notes
Want more? You'd be able to download more apps later on. We will also provide the API to 3rd party developers and enable them to use the offline voice recognition and touch inputs. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Norm Glasses will initially only support the English Language. Other languages will be added in future phases.
Our headquarters are located in South Florida, with remote team members in India and China. We come from diverse industries with strong backgrounds in information technologies. We have a balanced blend of hardware and software engineers, some with as many as 20+ years in the industry. We also have business and development seasoned professionals that serve in various capacities within our organization, including international manufacturing, governance, quality assurance.
Back in 2014, we were trying to produce audio sunglasses for blind people to interact with web pages etc using voice. This direction changed a little in early 2015, when we heard that Google Glass Explorer edition stopped. We were tempted to see if we can add head-up display to our audio sunglasses, so that the potential customer population is much larger, and earnings can be used to subside the cost for blind edition. Another thought was, if we could put the heads-up display inside the glasses instead of protruding outside as on Google Glass, we would get a better looking smart glass and it may help to make it prevail.
After about one and a half years of R&D, we got enough confidence on its feasibility. Shortly after, Human Capable Inc was formed in Dec 2016.
Since then, we've gone through hundreds of iterations on optical design and mechanical design. Following picture shows some of the frames that we had worked on. These are not all of them, we didn't keep them in the early days. There are no duplicates in the picture, each one is different from others, it may be created due to some changes on optical side, or some changes on the electronic side, or combination of both.
On electronic side, we modulized the boards based on functionality so that we can change part of the hardware without impacting other parts of the system; even so, we had gone through over 20 iterations; the highly modulized mainboard of the mini-computer went through 5 iterations. Here are some recent versions of FPCs we produced:
Some displays that we had tried with at the beginning:
In the past 4 years, we have worked with over 20 different factories on different fields and now we know which one is good, which one is ugly. For most of the parts, we can start mass production by simply change the quantity of the order that we made recently.
As to working prototype, the first time that we made it work in an eyewear form was in 2017. We had discussed of launching it on Kickstarter but didn't take that direction. We knew that something wasn't up to our expectations yet; plus, we had been bitten many times when we tried to take a shortcut in the past, we got a deep understanding of slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and prefer to do it step by step, pay attention to each little detail without bold assumptions. Eventually our hard work paid off, Norm Glasses won CES 2019 Innovation Award, and German Innovation Award recently.
We are ready to mass produce Norm Glasses. The funds raised on Kickstarter would enable us to order electronic and optical components in large quantities with volume discounts, thus making it possible to bring Norm Glasses to everyone with relatively affordable price. It will also help to accelerate software development and bring the product to everyone quicker.
Risks and challenges
We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what we see as the risks and our plan to assess them:
MANUFACTURING: The manufacturer is lined up, and we have quality assurance people on site during production.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things get a bit crazy and stuff happens that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, customs clearance or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. We are using an experienced logistics team to get our products to you. We’ll keep open and honest communication with you through our process so you know where your product is and when it’s going to get to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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