Lenovo plans to enter the eye wear market. The tech producer teamed up with Vuzix, a supplier of video eyeware to release M100 smart glasses on the Chinese market. Lenovo’s New Business Development will be figured as the brand to distribute the gadget. Lenovo and Vuzix plan to sale the smart glasses in China, but they will assess further expansion to other markets. So for now, the M100 smart glasses will support Chinese language and voice recognition, among other.
The Lenovo M100 smart glasses will sell for a price similar with that of Google Glasses. Samsung is expected to launch Galaxy Glasses soon, thus competition gets tougher for Google Glasses. Slightly surprising, it took a while for contenders to show up in the smart glasses market. Google Glasses met initial excitement, after which critique occurred, but not so much related to the technological capacities. Smart glasses are thought to be privacy invaders, so the companies will have to work hard to promote uses which carry less controversy.
M100 Smart Glasses will feature Android 4.0.4
M100 Smart Glasses will be sold for around 800 Yuan beginning with September. For now, the specs include a 1 Ghz dual-core processor and Android 4.0.4. Some will laugh at the prospect of launching a product with such an old OS in the same time that Google will launch Android L, but we still have a long way before exhausting all of the OS’ functions.
“China is a significant milestone for us and for the wearable industry. Lenovo is world renowned for its high quality products and exceptional engineering, making them the most ideal partner with which to bring our M100 Smart Glasses to China,” Paul Travers, Chief Executive Officer of Vuzix, said. “As Lenovo is number one worldwide in supplying computers to business and the public sector and the number 3 supplier of smart-connected devices (smartphones and tablets), we see strong market opportunities for our M100 as it was specifically designed for those markets.”
Both companies did their homework. China is one of the fastest growing market for wearable devices. According to The Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center, the wearable device market will go up to US$20.6 billion in 2018. In 2015 alone, 40 million devices are expected to be sold in China for a total of $1.9 billion, the M100 Smart Glasses press release states.