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Vuzix Smart Glasses take on Google Glass: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Vuzix Smart Glasses take on Google Glass

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A competitor to the Google Glass headset will be on display at CES 2013, Jawbone Up is back from the dead, and retailers fight showrooming with in-store apps.

-Google Glass has some competition. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Consumers may have to wait a year or longer before the Google Glass computerized headsets go on sale, but Vuzix may have its own version up by the middle of 2013. The Vuzix's Smart Smart Glasses M100 is something like a handsfree smartphone. It has an HD camera and color display that's projected to your field of vision showing data from your smartphone. A nonworking model was on display in New York for consumer electronic show preview event. So, I didn't get to see the projected image for myself, but the CEO described it to me as similar to holding a smartphone's screen 14 inches away from your eye. The image just floats there. Videos taken can be saved to a memory card inside the headset. It connects to both Apple and Android phones via Bluetooth and it has the ability to connect to WiFi. It also has built in GPS and an accelerometer. What you will be able to do with this all depends on the apps created for it. The processor is powered by android, so developers can create android apps to do anything like navigation gaming. There are endless possibilities. The company plans to sell this for less than $500, but will just have to wait until the CES Show in January to find out more. The Jawbone Up is back from the dead. The fitness wristband monitor has returned after being off the market for a year because of problems with the battery draining and not recharging. Production of the app was halted and customers were given refunds, but Jawbone has redesigned it and it's available for pre-order for $130. This wristband is supposed to be a computer you wear on your wrist all the day long. It tracts steps, logs your sleep length and quality, and it will vibrate if you've been lazy for too long. Right now, there's only an app for Apple devices, but the Up does give you analysis on your statistics. The version has a stronger more flexible circuitry and wiring. It's also more resistant to elements. This holiday shopping season, you'll see retail stores getting creative to fight show rooming. That's when you go into a store like Best Buy or Target to spend time touching the products, but then you leave to buy a cheaper online. Some stores are encouraging customers to use their apps while inside the store. Walmart has an app for iPhones that shows deals specific to the store you're in, what you aisle you can find an item and you can buy online if it's not in the store. Toys R Us also redesigned re-designed it's mobile shopping apps to help users find more info in their views on their product, but scanning the bar code in the store. Shoppers can also buy online using the app and pick it up in the store within 3 hours. That's your tech new update. You can find links to all of these stories on the blog CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridge Carey.
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