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Vuzix M400C Smart Glasses Become Publicly Available, Consumer Model At CES

At the beginning of this year Vuzix announced two new smart glasses, the monocular business model M400C and Shield. After months of production, the M400C is ready to ship. There are also some new technical details that we have access to, including the all-important price.

Vuzix also recently announced that they will showcase the platform for an upcoming potential consumer model.

A closer look at the M400C

Vuzix announced the M400C in January. Weighing less than a fifth of a pound, the model is a lighter version of the M400, with the M400 being wireless and the M400C connecting to a remote computer. Being connected to an external device simplifies product management and means the device does not have a built-in battery.

Not only is it lighter, it’s also potentially more durable. The M400C is drop-tested to 6 feet, while its heavier and more expensive older brother is only drop-tested to 3 feet. While this may not matter much to casual XR users, it’s a big deal for the use cases and clients Vuzix works with. (Casual XR users, don’t go anywhere yet).

The monocular design clips onto goggle frames or the same accessories as the original M400, including hard hats and headbands. The device has control buttons and a touchpad on board, but can also be controlled via voice commands or software on the connected computer.

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The glass provides a discreet but accessible screen, while the outside of the frame houses an autofocus HD camera capable of target scanning, shooting and video streaming. The frame also contains a loudspeaker and microphone for recording, listening to audio or two-way communication between the wearer and an outside party.

“The M400C is an ideal replacement for external or portable monitors, cameras or other recording devices, or 2-way audio devices. We are excited to add this product to our existing family of smart eyewear solutions.” Vuzix CEO and president, Paul Travers, said in a press release.

This model in the Vuzix ecosystem

When we talked to Travers in January, we didn’t know the price yet M400C. We now know that the smart glasses will ship to customers in the US, Canada, UK, EU and Japan for $1,300 – almost half the price of the original M400. That leaves more budget for attachments and accessories.

While Vuzix has talked about making their an even lighter form factor AR glasses publicly available, the M400C still has to be bought through the company – you won’t find them on department store shelves.

The Vuzix Ultralite

While writing this article, the company further announced that it will showcase the platform ahead of its arrival Ultralite glasses at CES this year. I’ve gotten mad at Vuzix in the past for sneaking announcements past me by showing them at the Consumer Electronics Show, but this time it’s fitting.

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“Ultralite” is the name of a project that Vuzix has been showing tempting prototypes for years. It’s the kind of AR glasses we’ve always wanted. Well, they are a monocular screen. But they look and feel like standard glasses.

Vuzix smart glasses Ultralite

“Vuzix is ​​leading the charge in making the dream of sleek and fashionable smart glasses come true for the wider market, and it is happening right now,” Travers said in a release.

Remember the fraction of a pound the M400C carries? Ultralite weighs about half that, and they’re wireless. They’re called a “smartphone accessory,” so at first they’ll probably offer things like heads-up screen mirroring and maybe some simple spatial apps, but that’s still super cool.

Anyway, we still don’t have a roadmap (or a price tag) for the Ultralite. And it seems that the glasses are offered as OEM. That means you’re probably not buying it directly from them, but from another tech company – probably your cell phone provider, similar to how Nreal rolled out Light. But it remains exciting.

Don’t underestimate it

The shipping of the M400C is exciting for enterprises. Movement on the Ultralite is exciting for the consumer. There aren’t many companies that play both sides like that. Honestly, it’s super exciting that it’s Vuzix. If anyone is going to give us full-color, full-size AR glasses in a comfortable and stylish form factor that can also stop a bullet, it’s probably them.

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