Hardware Comparison: Vuzix M100 vs Google Glass

Google Glass is by far the most well-known pair of smart glasses on the market. With that being said, the Vuzix M100 has established its own place in the market as well. Whenever you search for smart glasses, both Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 pop up.

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Since Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 are both popular choices when it comes to smart glasses, we decided that we would do a hardware comparison of the two devices. Not necessarily to see which device is superior, but to give people a better idea of what their options are and what they are purchasing. So, below you will find a comparison of the two devices hardware. Enjoy!

CPU

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
CPU OMAP4460 at 1.2GHz OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core @ 1GHz

The Vuzix M100 and Google Glass are rocking very similar processors, but the Vuzix M100’s processor is a little bit better. Vuzix and Google Glass both have ARM Cortex-A9 dualcore (OMAP) processors, but the Vuzix processor is slightly better because of its higher clock rate. The Google Glass processor runs at 1ghz while the Vuzix M100 processor runs at 1.2GHz.

Memory / RAM

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Memory 1GB 2GB

The Vuzix M100 has 1 gigabyte of ram in total. Older models of Google Glass had 1 GB of ram, but the most recent model of Google Glass has 2GBs of ram. Since Google Glass has a total of 2GB of ram now, the Vuzix M100 is obviously beaten in this area.

Storage

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Storage 4GB flash, 32GB with MicroSD. 16 GB Flash total (12 GB of usable)

The Vuzix M100 comes with 4GBs of storage space, but it can be expanded up to 32GBs with a microSD card. Google Glass comes with 16GBs of storage space with only 12GBs of it actually being usable. Unlike the Vuzix M100, Google Glass cannot be expanded storage wise.  So, when it comes to storage, the Vuzix M100 has a lot more space overall compared to Google Glass.

Battery

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Battery 550mAh rechargeable internal battery, Up to 6 hours of usage. 570 mAh lithium-polymer battery.

The batteries inside of the Vuzix M100 and Google Glass are pretty similar. The Google Glass battery is slightly better, but not by much. Google Glass definitely wins from a hardware perspective. Still, when it comes down to how long the battery is going to last it totally depends on what the device is being used for.

Display

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Display 6:9, WQVGA, full color display with 428 x 240 resolution. Prism projector, 640×360 pixels (equivalent of a 25 in, 64 cm screen from 8 ft/2.4 m away).

Both devices displays are positioned a few inches from the right eye. With that being said, the displays used in these two devices are pretty different.

The way the Google Glass display works is that information is projected onto it. The Vuzix M100 display doesn’t operate the same way. The Vuzix M100 display is an actual miniature color-LCD, so it basically operates like a normal display. Besides that, another difference between the two devices displays is that the Vuzix M100 has a resolution of 428 x 240 and Google Glass has a resolution of 640×360.

From a hardware perspective, I’d say Google Glass wins in the display department. With that being said, both displays are great and the display on the Vuzix M100 is far from disappointing with it being able to show vibrant colors.

Camera

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Camera 5MP photos, 1080p video. 5MP photos, 720p video.

Both devices have great cameras, but the Vuzix M100 camera is better when it comes to recording video. Google Glass can snap 5MP photos and record 720p video. The Vuzix M100 can snap 5MP photos and record 1080p video. So, the Vuzix M100 camera is better, but only slightly.

Sensors

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Sensors 3 DOF gesture engine (L/R,U/D,N/F), Ambient light, GPS, Proximity, 3-degree of freedom head tracking, 3 axis gyro, 3 axis accelerometer, and 3 axis mag/integrated compass. Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

Both devices are packed full of sensors.  The only advantage that the Vuzix M100 has over Google Glass is that it has a gesture engine, but that’s about it.

Connectivity

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Connectivity Wifi and Bluetooth. Wifi and Bluetooth.

When it comes to connectivity, both devices are on equal ground. Both support wifi and bluetooth.

Sound

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Sound Ear speaker and a noise canceling microphone. Bone conduction transducer, ear buds, and microphone.

Both devices have speakers for sound and a microphone for voice. The only difference between the devices when it comes to sound is that Google Glass transfers sound via a bone conduction speaker. Meaning, Google Glass uses the bones of the skull to transfer sound to the ear. Besides that, both devices are pretty similar when it comes to sound.

Controls

Vuzix M100 Google Glass
Controls 4 control buttons, remote control app, voice navigation and gestures. Touchpad, app and voice.

The Vuzix M100 can be controlled by voice, an app, some buttons and by gestures. Google Glass can be controlled with an app, a touchpad, and by voice. I’d have to say that the Vuzix M100 wins in this area, because it has the added benefit of being able to be controlled by gestures and by some buttons.

Conclusion

So, that’s a basic comparison of the Vuzix M100 and Google Glass when it comes to hardware. Google Glass is slightly better than the M100 when it comes to the ram, battery, and the display. The Vuzix M100 is slightly better than Google Glass when it comes to the CPU, storage, different sensors, camera and controls. Also, one other thing that should be mentioned about the two devices is that Google Glass is running a more up-to-date version of Android. Overall, both are great devices and are superior in their own areas.

If you want to check out a full comparison of the two devices, then head on over here. Also, don’t forget to share this post if you enjoyed it! 

Josh P

About Josh P

I'm a tech enthusiast and master procrastinator that currently resides in Saint Louis. My days are usually spent reading and writing, but I do enjoy gaming occasionally as well.

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August 21, 2014