Epiphany Eyewear

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Developer Vergence Labs
Type Point of View Shot ( POV) Augmented reality (AR), optical head-mounted display (OHMD), Wearable technology, Wearable computer
Release date

Developers (US): May 2011 (May 2011)[1]

Consumers: 2013 (2013)
Introductory price 8GB($299 USD), 16GB($399 USD), 32GB($499 USD)
Power lithium ion battery
Storage 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, micro USB
Backward
compatibility
Laptop, desktop or Epiphany-capable phone or tablet running the YouGen.TV application
Website Epiphany Eyewear

Epiphany Eyewear are computer enabled video recording eye glasses developed by Vergence Labs. The glasses are a wearable computer.[2] The eyewear record video stored within the glasses' hardware for live-stream upload to a computer or social media website.[3]

Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

The glasses use smartphone technology. The head mounted display is a mobile computer and a high-definition digital video camera.[4] The glasses take photographic images, record video or stream video to a smartphone or computer tablet.[5]

The style of the eyewear frames is similar to the basic designer-like frames made famous and worn by Buddy Holly.[6] The multifunction plastic titanium framed glasses are controlled by pressing tactile buttons on the sidebar of the frame to activate the camera or determine the darkness of the sun glass lens. If a prescription eye glass lens is needed, a prescription lens with a Nominal Base Curve of 2 diopters can be installed by an optometrist. The sun glass effect is button-controlled and can be turned on or off creating computerized transition lenses.[7]

Hardware[edit]

The eyewear are point of view shot (POV) video glasses with a computer inside the frames with multi-core processing, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. The computer inside powers a high-definition camera to either take photographs or record motion picture video with sound. The eyewear software and apps allow integration with mobile devices to live-stream recordings and sound to social networks and YouGen.tv. The YouGen.tv website is an app platform provided and developed by Vergence Labs for Epiphany Eyewear users.[8]

The built-in physical computer memory can store 8GB, 16GB or up to 32GB of data. The power is supplied by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Operations are powered by a tiny USB connection from the eyewear frames to a power source.

Vergence Labs[edit]

Epiphany Eyewear are being developed by Vergence Labs Founder & CEO Erick Miller,[9] Founder & Chief Science Officer Jon Rodriguez,[10] former Facebook Engineer Peter Brook,[11] Product Designer David Meisenholder who designed the GL-20 Polaroid video glasses for Lady Gaga,[12] User Interface Designer Stephen Zito, and Electrical Engineer & Software Designer Brinton Eng. The development team has two interns: Eric Smalls (app development for robotic communication and control methods) and Melisa Im (sourcing and logistics).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Takahashi, Dean. "Why wait for Google Glass? Epiphany Eyewear is here now (exclusive)". Venture Beat. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Geron, Tomio (1 June 2012). "DNA To Dollhouses: Stanford's StartX Accelerator Launches New Batch Of Startups.". Forbes. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Weidner, David (11 November 2012). "Monetize, Monetize, Monetize.". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Saenz, Aaron (4 September 2012). "Talking With the Founders of Vergence Labs: First Steps Towards Merging Man and Machine.". Singularity Hub. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Wadhwa, Vivek (23 April 2013). "Wearable tech and the futurists’ conundrum.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  6. ^ McGauley, Joe (5 April 2013). "Tech'd up glasses you won't be embarrassed to wear.". Thrillist. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Parrack, Dave (20 May 2012). "Electric sunglasses record life through your eyes.". GizMag. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Gates, Sara (24 May 2012). "Computer-Enabled Eyewear: Vergence Labs Prototype Allows Wearers To Record Reality (VIDEO).". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Disrupt NY 2012 - Hardware Alley Companies.". TechCrunch. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Hui, Kiana (15 April 2013). "Alum turns honors thesis into Google Glass competitor.". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Adelkhani, Nima (25 March 2013). "Erick Miller & Peter Brook, Vergence Labs: Creating Super Powers". Progress in Technology in the Middle East. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Karp, Andrew (June 2013). "Get Ready for Eyewear-able Technology.". 20/20 Magazine. Retrieved June 2013.