If you're looking for the best smart glasses around, we've got you covered right here.
Smart glasses look to be the next big thing for augmented and mixed reality tech by bringing the power of AR to wearable frames on your head, as opposed to a large VR headset, for instance, which certainly looks to make things more convenient.
The last decade or so has seen multiple attempts to bring the tech to market, including Google's Google Glass for example, but it is only within the last couple of years, that it has become more viable for AR-type smart glasses to make their way to us.
Offerings now include glasses that can display information to glasses that can have built-in audio functionality or both, and there are more on the way as we'll get to after our list.
Here are what we think are some of the best smart glasses available right now.
Best Smart Glasses
- Vuzix Blade Upgraded
- Lenovo ThinkReality A3
- Epson Moverio BT-300
- Snap Spectacles 4th Generation
- Oppo Air Glass
- TCL NXTWEAR Air
Best Smart Glasses Vuzix - Vuzix Blade Upgraded
The Vuzix Blade Upgraded, as things stand, are one of a handful of smart glasses around, and certainly do look rather capable.
You'll find that it runs Android and utilises a clever transparent display through waveguides which works via projecting the image onto a clear panel.
The resolution for this is 480x480, meaning it is designed for showing key information only, but it's still rather cool that the glasses feature them.
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In addition, you'll find that the Vuzix Blade Upgraded runs Android and features voice control, which is convenient and offers up 8GB of total internal storage, which can be expanded via the included microSD card slot
A 470mAh battery also means you should be able to utilise these glasses for between four and six hours before they need to be charged.
Best Smart Glasses Lenovo - Lenovo ThinkReality A3
For those wanting a powerful pair of tethered glasses that can connect to select PCs and smartphones, then the Lenovo ThinkReality A3s look to be an incredible choice.
In essence, these glasses allow you to create a virtual monitor that can be used for working alongside a phone or laptop and provide you with a clear way of seeing what you're working on, without the need for multiple, physical monitors.
To achieve this, the Lenovo ThinkReality A3s feature 200 nits of brightness and a per-eye resolution of 1920x1080, or Full HD, and utilises a Qualcomm XR-1 Smartviewer processor.
As things stand, this is a brilliant choice for enterprise users, and considering Lenovo is a major exponent in Qualcomm's Snapdragon Spaces tech with these exact glasses, it may be the case that they also become a handy device for the general public, too.
Best Smart Glasses Epson - Epson Moverio BT-300
The Epson Moverio BT-300s look like quite the versatile pair of smart glasses, and therefore are good for a wide range of tasks.
They come packed with power, which is spearheaded by its 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor, which can also allow it to work at snappy speeds and display content on the rather bright Si-OLED panels with a 1280x720 resolution and a 23 degree FOV.
A weight of 60g also means the Epson Moverio BT-300s are some of the lightest smart glasses out there, and also in a wider sense, some of the lightest AR and VR devices around.
The fact these also feature Bluetooth connectivity and can work with Miracast means displaying content should be a doddle, and for developers, the point that these Epson glasses run Android is also definitely welcome for the sake of convenience.
Best Smart Glasses Snap - Snap Spectacles 4th Generation
If you're wanting a pair of AR smart glasses specifically designed for the use of content creation, then the Snap Spectacles 4th Generation should be a handy choice.
For starters, they're integrated with Snapchat for the purpose of superimposing AR effects made within the app, which can be used for everything from playing games like basketball or fetch with a virtual dog, to calling and sending messages to friends.
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The panels present should be sharp with a 2000 nit quoted brightness, which means the Snap Spectacles 4th Generation looks to be suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, which is handy for the purposes of content creation.
There is a small caveat though - they aren't on general sale. To get the glasses, you'll need to fill in an application form on the glasses' product page, and they're only being given to a small number of people.
It may be the case that they go on general sale at some point soon, but that is of course unknown.
Upcoming Smart Glasses Releases
The world of smart glasses and AR-integrated ones is quite the fast-developing one and it, therefore, makes sense that there are a couple of upcoming specs that we're particularly excited for.
Oppo Air Glass
As for upcoming releases, one of the most anticipated offerings concerns the Oppo Air Glass.
These frames look to be rather powerful and versatile smart glasses that work via what the brand calls 'assisted reality' and arguably therefore they're designed as more of a convenient companion than a standalone device.
With that being said though, the glasses can work with any Oppo smartphone or the sect of Oppo Watches for a host of applications, including as a handy wearable teleprompter for company presentations.
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The Oppo Air Glass also feature a bright Mini-LED projector that projects display output at a resolution of 480x640, which should ensure images are clear and sharp.
They also look rather sleek with a feather-inspired design and either come in black or white. A weight of just 30g also ensures they should be comfortable to wear for some prolonged period, even with a battery life of 3 hours.
The glasses are expected to launch in Q1 in China, although it would be nice to think they may make their way into other markets.
TCL NXTWEAR Air
TCL is perhaps best known for making some great budget TVs but they can make more powerful offerings, as we've seen with their world's first 4K 240Hz monitor, and now they're into smart glasses.
The TCL NXTWEAR Air is designed as a secondary display to your phone and should offer up sharp images with a pair of 1080p Micro OLED panels that they say is the equivalent of viewing a 140-inch screen in front of your eyes from 13 feet away.
Like Oppo's glasses, they were expected to launch in Q1 2022, but otherwise, there's not too much info on availability. As and when we get more info, we'll be sure to update this entry.
As for a couple more long-term entries, the next few years may also see the return of Google Glass alongside the release of the Apple Glasses, by which point it may be expected that AR tech is a lot more widespread.
In addition, the likes of the upcoming Magic Leap 2 may suggest AR glasses may arrive sooner rather than later given they weigh around 240g and feature a design more akin to glasses than a full-on headset.
So, there you have it, that's our list of the best smart glasses available right now, alongside some rather exciting ones for the future.
Be sure to check back in with us for more AR and VR news, guides and info, especially with 2022 seeming like a bumper year, especially with the potential release of headsets such as Project Cambria and PSVR 2, which has also just had its design revealed.