ZionEyez dropped the ball, and Vergence Labs will pick it up. Anyone who pledged money to ZionEyez to get a pair of their yet-to-actually-be-delivered video camera glasses, can now recoup their losses by joining the Vergence Labs Kickstarter. A completely unrelated company, Vergence Labs also has a video glasses device they are prepping for launch...
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on June 5, 2012.
New Singularity Hub Article. Wow, what a title (click link to view)!
Vergence Labs Chief Science Officer featured on Forbes!!
Special Offer for Previous "Zion Eyez" Pledgers
We've reached our goal! Now let's see if we can exceed expectations!
Epiphany Eyewear Prototype Video Sample Tests!
Q: Will The Rise Of Products Such As Google's Project Glass Glasses Make Phones Become Obsolete?
At Vergence Labs, I work on miniaturizing computers to fit inside of stylish eyewear, as well as creating unprecedented new Human-Computer Interaction technologies like “Volumetric 3D” displays so realistic they can weave fully realistic virtual objects into reality!
(Please support us on kickstarter! http://kck.st/redefine-reality)
As the question illustrates, the first product generation will provide new value to the user but will not yet suffice to replace...
Thank you Forbes and Quora for this feature!! How awesome!
Read the entire Forbes article here:
Dear dedicated pledgers and kickstarter community,
It's recently been brought to our attention that a previous project, called Zion Eyez that offered some (but not nearly all) similar features as our product, failed to deliver it's product to it's donors. We feel this is a real shame, and want to first reassure everyone that we are not affiliated with that project in any way, and that we guarantee we will deliver a superior product that is designed, manufactured and runs software of the highest quality. We are absolutely certain that if in fact the Zion project is failing, it is due to the team's mismanagement of it's resources, rather than the product itself -- and want to make sure everyone understands that any team can fail or succeed. You can rest assured that we are a team that will succeed, as we have with all previous endeavors.
Despite our complete lack of connection with the Zion project, it is giving kickstarter and in an indirect way as collateral damage, our project, a misplaced concern by some small percentage of the community. Due to this issue, we have an exciting announcement:
We've decided to offer good will to the kickstarter community that we love so much by offering at "buy one, get one free" special offer to ANYONE WHO PLEDGED ANY AMOUNT TO THE ZION EYEZ PROJECT (even if you've already contributed just send us a note to let us know and we will confirm your pledge history). All that you need to do to redeem this special offer, is:
1) Pledge for at least one single set of glasses (if you pledge for multiple glasses you will still get just one free set)
2) Have the Zion project in your pledge history, and send us a note letting us know about it after you pledge to our project.
We are doing this because we've calculated it all out and are 100% confident that we can deliver special offer this to those percentage of the community who are past Zion Eyez contributors who have lost hundreds of dollars to this project -- so we want to help kickstarter with a positive and good will effort and a show of faith to this amazing community of people who care about the future of computer enabled eyewear as kickstarter contributors and as future customers of Vergence Labs.
We hope everyone appreciates this and are super excited about the future of our project! We also just chatted yesterday with another INCREDIBLE engineer that will be joining our team part time, and are in negotiations with one of the world experts in augmented reality to join our team. The future couldn't be brighter! Thanks again for your support and let's make this project even more successful moving forward, we're in the homestretch of the final two days of the project!
The Vergence Labs Team
We're excited to announce we've reached our 50k goal as of yesterday and the pledges continue to come in! We really hope to see a spike in the next 5 days as the project comes to a close!
If anyone of our wonderful contributors or anyone reading this knows how we can get featured on the kickstarter home page, like so many other fortunate projects do -- that would be super awesome! One of our friend's projects got featured recently (making doll houses) and their project has blown up since then. We would be so grateful if we could get featured on the home page as well as we go into the home stretch in the final days of the project!
Thank you to everyone for your support again, and we look forward to the future of building the most incredible computer enabled glasses the world has ever seen!
Thanks again for your continued support!
The Vergence Labs Team
While developing the glasses, we are of the 110% opinion that we should "eat our own dog food" :) So we've been doing lots and lots of user testing ourselves, testing the product that we're making because we know that we will be super picky about it's features first and foremost. We plan to make a product that is truly insanely great -- that combines the best of design, technology and style into a sleek fashionable set of glasses that will make your life more fun, more enhanced and integrated with mobile one step further! We're on our way! Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy this fun sample video, giving you a brief window into the life of a startup company in Silicon Valley!
Check out the sample video, and please help by spreading the kickstarter project further! We need your help -- to all the stakeholders of this project, in this last final push -- and we will all have the coolest most amazing glasses with a computer inside to socially remember and share your life -- as the first step towards our epic vision of the future computing in eye glasses computers!
The Vergence Labs Team!