Google Glass competitor aims to win support with fashion friendly design

By on February 18, 2014, 6:45 PM
google glass, wearable, indiegogo, icis

We’ve seen a number of Google Glass competitors crop up over the past year or so but the majority have ultimately suffered from the same issue as the search giant’s own product: it looks too techie for the general public.

A newcomer by the name of Laforge is looking to change that perception with a pair of smart glasses they describe as fashion friendly. True enough, the wearable headset known as Icis would likely be seen by most as little more than a trendy set of glasses as the tech aspect isn’t immediately obvious.

Icis works with your smartphone by converting apps into widgets that will be displayed in your field of vision. It will connect via Bluetooth using their specialized app known as SocialFlo.

The specs recently hit crowdfunding website Indiegogo with the goal of raising $80,000. The team behind the project hasn’t released final hardware specs as those will be selected late in the process to ensure the best available components are used.

We do know, however, that it’ll include a touchpad, microphone, iambicFLO audio, wireless charging, a gyro / accelerometer, a camera and a high-resolution display – all with up to six hours of battery life. Furthermore, the frames will be available in a variety of styles and colors for you to choose from.

Pricing starts at $450 for a beta kit or $620 for the finished Icis Bold which will be available starting January 2015. With 30 days left to go, the project stands a serious shot at being fully funded but they’ll need a lot of help as they’ve raised just under $5,000 as of writing.




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Guest said:

Oh, wait, you mean looking like Geordie from STTNG isn;t cool?

Damn, I thought Google was really onto a new fashion there for a minute. The freaky ***** 'look at me' appearance.

Guest said:

Fashion friendly?... Pfft!! I'd take the nerdy Google look over that any day

MilwaukeeMike said:

Oh, wait, you mean looking like Geordie from STTNG isn;t cool?

Damn, I thought Google was really onto a new fashion there for a minute. The freaky ***** 'look at me' appearance.

I'm not sure the LaBron James 'geek' look is any better. Although, the square frames look more hipster than geek I suppose.

Either way, if that's what Smart Glasses look like, then I'm going to wait for the contact lenses.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

At last, a product targeted at the style conscious voyeur...

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They call that fashion? Sheesh, someone find a hanging tree in the nearest town square. We obviously don't need these people.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Smart glasses sure seem to be a hard sell. I could be wrong but I don't see these guys getting the funding they need.

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