About this project
Meet Vue, the world’s first pair of smart glasses that are stylish and discreet.
At a basic level, Vue functions as glasses, meaning you will be able to order the lenses you depend on, whether they are prescription, non-corrective (plano), or sunglasses.
Vue frames come with integrated technology, meaning your glasses will be able to do more than meets the eye. Vue’s smart features include:
And much, much more!
Look great in your pair of Vue frames. Choose from a variety of different colors, textures, and shapes to help you express your own unique style.
We’re partnering with an FDA-certified lens manufacturer to provide you with the lenses you need. You’ll have the choice of prescription (including progressive), photochromic transition, polarized, and prescription polarized lenses.
Note: After the campaign closes, we’ll send out a survey for you to pick your color and lens options.
We’ve all been there—sometimes the universe just swallows up our glasses. With the Find My Glasses feature, you can relax knowing that you’ll be able to find your frames again.
Vue uses bone conduction audio technology to transfer stereo sound to your inner ear without the use of earbuds. Your ears remain unplugged, so you can listen to music, answer calls, and hear notifications all from your glasses while still being able to hear the world around you.
Navigate your Vue with a convenient touch interface embedded into the arm of the frames. Vue has no ports or buttons, ensuring that the experience is as least intrusive as possible.
Just tap to answer calls
Or swipe to cycle through songs
Your frames function the way you want them to. Use the app to pair gestures with custom actions tied to your phone, like hearing the current time, weather, activity summary, and more.
Vue ensures you’re safe whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist or driver. Hear turn-by-turn navigation without having to look at your phone. Vue’s open ear design allows you to listen to directions, music or calls without blocking your ears, so you can still hear traffic and the world around you. While driving, Vue checks if you’re looking down or outside the window for long periods of time and alerts you. Audio and LED notifications can help to nudge you back into focus, helping you to avoid accidents and get home safe.
When was the last time you stuck a USB into your glasses to charge it? We never had to, either, and that's why we made Vue easy to charge. Just pop it into the case overnight or when you're not using it, and Vue will get charged automatically. With the charging case, Vue’s battery lasts up to one week.
Vue turns on automatically only when you put them on, and enters low power mode when you take them off, enabling your glasses to conserve more power.
The launch of Vue is just the beginning. That’s why we’re opening up our API for developers to create their own custom gestures and features. Developers can access sensors in the frames, including the accelerometer, gyroscope and touchpad, to enable entirely new features for Vue.
Some of our early experimental features:
- Nod to answer a call
- Tilt your head to cycle songs
- Shake your head to ignore a call
- Detect your sitting and standing posture
- And many more
Vue comes in two styles of frames, classic and trendy.
Vue comes in a choice of three colors: black, brown or white.
Vue’s temple piece (sides of the frames) comes in the following styles:
We're happy to have a solid prototype that we can take to contract manufacturers. Check out a few demos of the features in these videos below.
How well does bone conduction audio work?
Bone conduction technology allows you to hear audio while still being able to hear surroundings, which is useful when you still want to hear people talking to you, or hear traffic while driving, cycling or walking. It’s also an alternative to people concerned about potential hearing damage caused by earbuds.
We’re working on refining the technology including designing the bone conduction pad to touch the correct part of your head on all head sizes, as well as reducing sound leakage from the frames so that all sounds gets transmitted to you directly without getting dispersed to guarantee high enough volume.
Our team was inspired to come together because of a common frustration—smart glasses have never seemed to be designed for people who actually wear glasses. With that in mind, we set out to design a pair of smart glasses with valuable features that we would love to wear each and every day.
Over the past year we’ve created dozens of 3D printed and CNC prototypes, met with various electronics manufacturers, visited frames and lens factories, and worked to get Vue ready for manufacturing. Now we need funds for injection molds, FDA registration, and FCC/CE certifications.
Our team met at the University of Pennsylvania and have worked together for more than 4 years. We have a diverse set of backgrounds—ranging from fashion and user interaction design, to medical devices and consumer electronics, to industrial design and manufacturing. We also participated in HAX—the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator, whose resources and mentorship we will have at our disposal beyond the campaign.
We have also built and shipped products before—most recently a smart Bluetooth headset Vigo. Our experience with that headset exposed us to all parts of the production process, including manufacturing in large volumes and shipping to 40 countries around the world. We also learned a lot about mistakes and delays that are commonplace in manufacturing. Ultimately, that experience is an asset to Vue—we aren’t going in empty-handed. We’re marching forward with a deep knowledge of manufacturing and shipping, including having worked on tooling, injection molding, PCB design and assembly, audio quality testing, noise cancellation optimization, FCC/CE certification, packaging design, and international supply chain logistics.
Thanks to our videographer Antony Bui and photographer Vitaly Vyazovsky. Thanks also to our friends from HAX, including Carv, Trainerbot, Petcube, Revols, Kokoon, Wazer and Nura for their help and advice. And last, thanks to all our mentors in the HAX community, including Duncan Turner, Qiyu Wu, Peter Wang, Laura Hu and more.
Risks and challenges
We want to talk about the risks and challenges in a little more detail than is typical for most Kickstarter projects. A lot of times teams default to high-level paragraphs without outlining what exactly might go wrong. We want to make sure our backers understand the complexity of manufacturing and the associated risks beforehand.
We’ve built and shipped hardware products before, and are familiar with the problems that may arise that could cause delays and impact delivery times. We’ve tried to make our delivery estimates as close to reality as possible by including ample buffer time into our timeline to take into account of unforeseen circumstances that could arise, but we can’t predict the future and foresee everything that might occur. Here are some of the most obvious potential risks, although the list is certainly not exhaustive.
1. Tooling: Tooling is the process of making molds that eventually become pieces of the product. For us, tooling will be used to create the frames of the glasses. We’ve done our best to build room for tooling adjustments as well as mistakes into our timeline. It is possible that a part’s design may need to be adjusted, and that may take additional weeks or months to resolve. 3D printed and CNC prototypes are too different to perfectly represent an injection molded piece, and there may be unique challenges that we are unable to foresee. Tooling will also be happening around holiday season, which means factories may wind down production until after the holidays which could add to production time. We’ve already included buffer time to take this into account.
2. Supply chain logistics: If we partner with a factory and order specific components to build a PCB (for example), it is possible that the factory may run low on parts or have long lead times for their inventory. This can hold up assembly, as you may imagine, since we can’t build a product if pieces are missing. Sometimes market forces change and can affect the supply of various components. For example, if the latest iPhone drops and they use a specific component, or if they launch a feature that requires specific components in other devices, the entire industry will see a change in the supply of that component. If it is something we were waiting on, we will see longer lead times, and therefore delays.
3. Certifications/Regulations: Since we are manufacturing electronics, there are various tests, including FCC and CE, that we will need to test. These tests often reveal design flaws that require changes in the design. Our timeline takes into account the potential need for retesting. Additionally, because we are making optical frames, our product requires additional scrutiny from the FDA. We fall into a class of devices that are “exempt” from most requirements by the FDA. However, we will need to source factories that are compliant with FDA standards. Our previous experience in sourcing quality factories will help us navigate these waters, but this may take longer than initially anticipated in order to make sure the factory we work with meets all FDA guidelines.
4. Mistakes: At the end of the day, a lot of risks manifest from plain old mistakes. If we pick a plastic that ends up warping or becomes brittle during molding, we’ll have to change it. If we discover that a component fatigues during testing, it means we have to source a new one. If we fail various certifications, there may need to be redesigns in our electronics. We aren’t perfect, but we’re going to try our hardest to be as perfect as possible. We learned a lot from shipping our previous electronic devices, and we are confident that these experiences will help keep us on track.
Every company faces these challenges, but rarely do consumers see these challenges. Our biggest tool for battling these risks is having previous experience bringing prototypes from concept to full production, including working with contract manufacturers and shipping internationally. We know that building physical goods is a dynamic process with lots of room for hiccups along the way. We will keep an open dialogue with all of our backers through frequent, transparent, and thorough updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We will be sending a survey out after the campaign closes that will ask each backer for their specific prescription. We are partnering with a qualified lens manufacturer who will then manufacture the correct lenses for your pair of Vue. When Vue ships, the prescription lenses you specified in the survey will already be installed in the frames.
Which type of lenses should I get?
If you need correction for just one field of vision (near or distance), single vision is the way to go. If you need correction for both reading and distance, you likely need progressives. If you don’t need vision correction, you can get the plano (non-corrective) lens. If you’re looking for sunglasses, you can choose between tinted lenses for reducing brightness, or polarized lenses for protection from harsh glares. If you’re looking for transition lenses, you can choose the photochromic adaptive lens option, which are clear indoors and darken under sunlight.
We recommend you talk to your optometrist to find the type most suited to you. The lens manufacturer we’re working with provides a range of options as listed above, and we’ll collect your prescription information once the campaign is over.
Yes. Since Vue frames function just like normal glasses, you should be able to take your glasses to another provider to get lenses made for them, just as you would with another pair of glasses.
We'll send out a survey after the campaign. In the survey, you'll be able to specify everything you need in your frames (style, colors, lens types, prescription info, lens color, etc).
- Classic measurements: 52-20-148
- Trendy measurements: 50-21-148
- Classic: 36mm
- Trendy: 40mm
- Classic: 42.50mm
- Trendy: 46.50mm
- Classic: 140mm
- Trendy: 140mm
*Note: As these are prototypes, there may be some minor fluctuations in dimensions as we head into production and we use new manufacturing techniques, materials, etc.
No—see some of our clarifications below:
- If you back the base pledge amount of $159 (in the case of Early Birds), you will receive the Vue frames with prescription lenses, tinted sunglasses, or plano lenses installed.
- If you add $50, you will receive the Vue frames with prescription sunglasses or photochromatic transitioning lenses installed.
- If you add $150, you will receive the Vue frames with progressive lenses installed.
In all cases, you will receive a survey after the campaign asking for the information necessary to complete frames, including prescription, lens color, frame style, frame color, and temple piece color.
Yes. You can get photochromic transitioning lenses by adding $50 to your pledge—but only on reward tiers that mention adding "$50 per pair for prescription sunglasses".
You can otherwise pledge to the "Vue with Polarized or Transition Lenses" level, which does not require you to add an extra $50 to your pledge.
Bone conduction technology allows you to hear audio while still being able to hear surroundings, which is useful when you still want to hear people talking to you, or hear traffic while driving, cycling or walking. It's not meant to be an immersive audio experience in the same way that most headphones are. It's similar to listening to audio from a speaker - you'll hear the audio, as well as what's going on around you. In a quiet room the sound quality is great, but in a loud environment what you hear may be drowned out by surrounding noise. For example, calls or music in an office work well, whereas calls or music in a bar or noisy restaurant will not work.
Yes. All lenses can be ordered with prescription.
Yes! We offer both tinted and polarized lenses for those looking to use Vue as sunglasses.
No. Currently we are only offering two sizes—one for trendy and one for classic. Although we wish we could accommodate as many people as possible, it's quite expensive to produce so many different sizes or nosepads at this time. If we have enough funding or bandwidth in the future, we will consider offering more.
You will have to check with your insurance on this. We are considered as an “Out of Network” provider and insurance policies differ on this issue. If needed, once we ship we are able to provide an itemized breakdown for frames and lens cost if your insurance requires it to consider for coverage.
No. Bone conduction transmits sounds directly from your skull to your inner ear, by vibrating the bone above your ear. No one else will be able to hear it, unless you turned the volume extremely high in a quiet room, in which case there would be a bit of sound leakage just like regular earphones. Only you can hear it at normal volumes.
You would choose Single Vision if you just need prescription lenses. Single Vision just refers to either near or distance correction; you can have different prescription levels for each eye. Check with your optometrist if you require progressive lenses.
Yes. The prescription lenses included in Vue also correct for astigmatism.
Yes. You’ll get a survey at the end of the campaign where you will be able to enter prescriptions for each pair.
The glasses weigh only 28 grams, which is in the same range as regular glasses.
We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to collect initial style choices, lens options and prescriptions. Then, about two months before the ship date, when we're through with injection molding, certifications and test production, and are ready to cut the lenses, we'll send out another survey for everyone to double-check and make changes to their prescriptions before the lenses are made and assembled.
You can go to your local optometrist to get your prescription, and provide it to us by filling out the survey at the end of the campaign.
We are offering a 30 day warranty for malfunctioning products. Depending on negotiations with our factory, we may be able to lengthen this. We do not have a comprehensive policy in place for poor fit.
We haven't found a free, open-source virtual method for demonstrating fit. We did find some frames on Ray-Ban's website that has dimensions within 1mm of ours as well as similar styles.
To try these on, open the link using a mobile device and click the "Try Them On". You can then take a quick video of yourself and the website will map the frames to your face.
Yes. If you want your progressive lenses to have photochromic transition properties, you'll have to back the correct amount or tier for receiving progressive lenses. In the post-campaign survey, you can indicate that you would like your progressive lenses to have photochromic properties.
No. We haven't designed Vue to fit the requirements and standards suitable for use as a hearing aid.
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