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Kai - Turn any pair of Glasses into Smart Glasses!

Kai sits right behind your ear and lets you access a smart voice interface 24/7. Call, text, search, and even call an Uber.

Kai - Turn any pair of Glasses into Smart Glasses!

Kai sits right behind your ear and lets you access a smart voice interface 24/7. Call, text, search, and even call an Uber.

pledged of 55.650 $pledged of 55.650 $ goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, March 14 2017 2:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 25, 2020

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Kai is like a personal assistant sitting behind your ear 24/7. You simply ask Kai to do something for you with the "OK Hound" wakeword, and it listens. Check out all the features above.
Kai is like a personal assistant sitting behind your ear 24/7. You simply ask Kai to do something for you with the "OK Hound" wakeword, and it listens. Check out all the features above.
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Google Glass and Vuzix SmartGlasses are an example of traditional smart glasses. They feature augment reality (AR) displays that go in front of the users eye. Kai does not use AR to make sure users have the smart glass experience without obstruction.
Google Glass and Vuzix SmartGlasses are an example of traditional smart glasses. They feature augment reality (AR) displays that go in front of the users eye. Kai does not use AR to make sure users have the smart glass experience without obstruction.
Kai is meant to be worn anywhere, anytime. It is stylish and functional, making it the perfect wearable.
Kai is meant to be worn anywhere, anytime. It is stylish and functional, making it the perfect wearable.
Kai is so small and discreet that no one will even notice it's there. Kai only weighs 3.4 ounces so it rests comfortably in place all day.
Kai is so small and discreet that no one will even notice it's there. Kai only weighs 3.4 ounces so it rests comfortably in place all day.
Kai is covered with a silicone skin, enabling glasses frames to thread through holes on the back of the skin.
Kai is covered with a silicone skin, enabling glasses frames to thread through holes on the back of the skin.
Kai ships with 3 silicone skins. Each has different hole sizes so you can put Kai on any size frame.
Kai ships with 3 silicone skins. Each has different hole sizes so you can put Kai on any size frame.
Kai's simple charging dock. It features durable charging pins and has standard Micro-USB input.
Kai's simple charging dock. It features durable charging pins and has standard Micro-USB input.
Say Goodbye to "text-neck"! Kai lets you interact with your smartphone without having to look down.
Say Goodbye to "text-neck"! Kai lets you interact with your smartphone without having to look down.

Below is a demo of a prototype Kai in action!

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Want Kai but have no frames to put them on?! Each Kai comes with an optional pair of glasses with clear frames!
Want Kai but have no frames to put them on?! Each Kai comes with an optional pair of glasses with clear frames!
Look up at the world, not down at a screen.
Look up at the world, not down at a screen.
Kai with the internal components exposed
Kai with the internal components exposed
This 3D design desk was where Dylan first developed Kai's design. He used the School's 3D printer to develop early prototypes.
This 3D design desk was where Dylan first developed Kai's design. He used the School's 3D printer to develop early prototypes.
This is a 3D model of our production components, including the bluetooth chip, a LiPo battery, charging pins, capacitive touch sensor, and the bone conduction transducers
This is a 3D model of our production components, including the bluetooth chip, a LiPo battery, charging pins, capacitive touch sensor, and the bone conduction transducers
A note from our founder, Dylan Rose
A note from our founder, Dylan Rose

FAQ's

How much battery life does Kai have?

Kai has roughly 6 hours of audio stream time. Seeing as each command takes roughly 30 seconds of stream time, Kai wil last all day with moderate use.

Will Kai weigh down my glasses?

Kai weighs only 3.4 ounces, similar to a Bluetooth headset. Kai rests comfortably behind your ear, you won't even notice it's there. In our video, there was a wardrobe mistake causing the glasses on the main subject to tilt. Kai adjusts to any pair of glasses and rests comfortably without weighing down the glasses.

Is Kai avaliable for iOS?

Yes Kai is avaliable for iOS. Most features will be available with some limitations in notifcation readout.

Risks and challenges

Glimpse Wearables is new to the consumer electronics industry but our team has spent over a year researching, networking, and reducing risk.

We understand the problems that could cause delays and have outlined them below. Our delivery estimates have considered a buffer for any risk but we cannot predict the future. Especially with hardware projects, backers need to understand that even the smallest of hiccups can delay delivery. Here are some of the most common risks associated with delivery of our product and how we are working to reduce the risks.

1. Tooling: Tooling is the procedure of making molds that will be used by manufacturers to build the product. Tooling will be used to create the device shell and the silicon skin. The device shell was designed with room for error and ample space to make it durable and house components. The real risk comes with the silicon skins as it needs to be exact. Luckily it is a low cost material so any errors can be fixed without to much damage to our budget.

2. Supply chain: Risks associated with supply chain would be if our PCB (Bluetooth chip) manufacturer was missing components and could not assemble the final product to keep up with our delivery estimates. We have designed our chip to be very close to standard Bluetooth so there will be as little unique changes as possible. This makes it easier for our manufacturer to fix any errors and mass produce our electronic components.

3. Certifications and Regulations: Electronics require various tests done by the FCC ensure safety and test for design flaws. We have taken into account this process into our timeline. Again, because we are using standard Bluetooth modules, much of the preliminary certifications have already been covered.

Start-ups face many challenges and risks. The Glimpse team has worked incredibly hard to reduce risk not just for consumers but for our business. By reducing risk we can use more money to innovate and create new, exciting products. This has been a learning experience and we hope to learn even more through our kickstarter journey.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, backer or not, please feel free to reach out through our website or the KS page.

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    14x Kai, $800 of Retail, and a team video chat! Enjoy custom colors for 4 of the 14 Kai.

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