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CES 2014: Ora-S AR Eyewear takes smartframes further

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CES 2014: Ora-S AR Eyewear takes smartframes further

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This bulky effort does more than Google Glass, for less.

Hi, everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET, here at CES2014, which is very quickly becoming a show about wearables. I'm wearing on my face a pair of ORA-S AR Eyewear. And I know that sounds like a bit of a valid tongue-twister. But these glasses, unlike Google Glass, are really focused on augmented reality. So it does a lot of the same things that a Google glass will do: notifications, directions. There's actually Android built in runs independently. So, when they release the SDK to developers, a lot of different apps will be able to work with this. You can do a lot of different things. Augmented reality, however, is really where this thing will shine. Now, you've got here a pivot of a screen, and that's kind of neat because it means that you can either look at the head-up display, which is in the center of the lens, either below a little bit, so you're looking down in its peripheral, or you can flip it up so it's right in the center of your eye. This is a 25-degree display. To my eye, if I'm looking at it, it looks like it takes up about 2 inches. So, this is a little bit bigger than Google Glass. During the demo, there's a lot of information projected on the screen, you can see anything. You can see directions. You can also see augmented reality browsers, for example. It's gonna launch with a Wikitube browser. This is a mockup device that I'm wearing, but the final version will come with a camera that can also shoot videos that will be 5 megapixels. Now, there will be a touchpad, just like Google glass, so you can use your finger and all sorts of adjusters to navigate the phone. There is a dual core processor in here and a 600 million app hour battery. It has also all the usual Bluetooth connections, compass sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope. Now, this pair of glasses is really blocking on my face. The final version will be much slimmer, but this is still not fashion accessory glasswear. This is something right now for developers and for people who are interested in the AR capabilities. Developers can get their hands on the ORA-S in March for about $950, that will include the SDK. Consumers who are interested should see it show up around Q3 for probably about $350. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET, here at CES. You can catch all of our coverage at cnet.com.

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