Those who feel a bit self conscious wearing a GoPro on their helmet or hat, especially when on the street, might be interested in glasses that have somewhat concealed cameras on board. These have been in the Spy Tech category in the past. But given that a high percentage of the demos by the Google folks of Glass and some of the emerging applications for Smart Glasses (such as real estate agents creating a house tour) seem to be mostly about video capture, it was interesting to see so many camera glasses at CES.
Most of these have simple button controls and autonomously store quite a lot of video or still images to be downloaded via USB or SD card.
Of note in this category of Smart Glasses are these four shown - Epiphany, XOEye, Orcam and Liquid Image plus one company who I couldn't find at CES, but reviewed recently - Nemesis (product SunnyCam).
Each one has features that differentiate (e.g. Liquid Image for SCUBA divers!) but are fundamentally concealed cameras that you wear on your face.
olloclip lenses for iPhone were one of my favourites from last year at CES and they pleasantly surprised me this year when I saw them at Showstoppers with a whole range of new lenses and multi-lens combinations. The ones that most impressed me were the Macrolens combinations, 7X, 14x and 21X all in one package. Also a new telephoto plus polarizing filter combo and a 4-in-1 fisheye, Wideange and two Macro combinations. With a few of these in your pocket you can capture just about anything on an iPhone. The combination of the wide angle plus the new Pano capability in the iPhone camera App makes a powerful combination to capture 360° or panoramic scenes. Well done olloclip!
Dry Case keeps your phone or camera dry to 100 feet by using vacuum sealed technology. Has facilities for headphones and mike jack and is crystal clear for taking photos. Comes with a bulb to pump out all the air and a buoyant armband as well to keep it afloat should you turn it loose while in the water. Dry Case has waterproof headphones and mike and several styles of waterproof and floating bags and backpacks. Some with strong suction cups on them to attach to you ski or surf board. Impressive stuff for extreme sports types. Or normal people too.
As a rower/sculler on the Thames I can see the value of both the phone cases and the backpacks, not just for splashes, but the occasional capsize!
As reported by the BBC the word "selfie" has been declared the most important new word of 2013 by the Oxford dictionaries. How relevant to have a product that is an APPcessory to your smartphone that is easy to carry, but extends your reach so you can take that all important "selfie" or to get your camera above the crowd. It even has a button by your finger to snap the picture with!
it's from Looq Systems