Pivothead SMART™

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For those of you who are unaware of what Pivothead glasses are, they are a pair of sunglasses that have a built-in HD camera and microphone. Well, a new generation of Pivothead glasses is going to be coming out soon and they are pretty cool.

The new generation of glasses is called the PivotHead SMART™, and they have a pretty unique feature – they’re modular. The capitalization of SMART isn’t for stylistic reasons, SMART is actually an acronym for Simple Modular Application-Ready Technology.

The PivotHead Smart base model starts off like a normal pair Pivothead glasses with just a camera in the middle and a microphone, but then there are three additional SmartMods™ that you can add to the ports on each of the earpieces.

The Fuel Mod is just a simple power pack for the device. It nearly triples the battery life, is hot-swappable, and has an LED indicator for the remaining charge status. The cool thing about it is that it has a micro USB port, so you can use it for other mobile devices and not just for the PivotHead SMART™.

The Live Mod adds the ability to stream in full HD. According to their site, with the addition of the fuel mod you can stream for hours or days. The Live Mod also has a micro SD card slot that you can use to add additional memory to the device.

The last mod, the Air Mod, is what turns these modular glasses into smart glasses. The Air Mod adds the ability to live stream, and install and run Android OS apps on the device. Besides that, the Air mod includes a 9-axis sensor set, a built-in speaker, a 1.3 Ghz processor, a microphone and more.

While Pivothead SMART is a pair of glasses that can run Android apps, the company doesn’t consider the device as something that should be used for content consumption – and that is the main reason why the device is missing a HUD. Yes, this device does not have a HUD that displays information and images.

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Instead of a HUD, the SMART glasses use an LED guide that is located on the upper part of the frame. The LED lights convey information about battery power, recording status, and available memory so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to check that sort of information. There is an SDK available, and obviously it can run apps, but I’m not sure what type of apps will come to this device when it doesn’t have a real HUD.

SMART is definitely an interesting pair of glasses. And, it’s cool to see a company try out a modular design when everybody else seems to be taking the same approach when it comes to this technology. SMART is supposed to start rolling out around to the IndieGoGo funders around April. It’s estimated that the SMART glasses and all three mods will retail around $629.

So, what are your thoughts on this pair of modular smart glasses? Do you like the idea behind it, or not? How do you think the lack of a HUD will affect the type of apps that come to the device? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below!

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