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Amazon-Backed Smart Glasses For $1,000: First Look

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A start-up called North, formally Thalmic Labs, is introducing a pair of smart glasses that it thinks will appeal to the masses because the design looks so similar to normal glasses. They're called Focals, and they cost around $1,000. Focals connect to your phone via Bluetooth and have a small projector that beams data into the wearer's eyes. They can tell the wearer the weather or time, read text messages and even order an Uber. The glasses are also connected to Alexa, so if you can ask them for directions or information, a small speaker will tell you the answers. North has raised over $140 million from investors including the Amazon Alexa Fund, Spark Capital, Intel Capital and Y Combinator. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Google+: http://cnb.cx/PlusCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC Prescription Smart Glasses For The Masses: First Look | CNBC
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SubcRash (14 hours ago)
Who's here from hacksmith XD?
Hawaiian Pineapple (19 days ago)
Not the first pair of everyday smart glasses. I think Vuzix Blade 3000 were the first
Gamer x Gaming (1 month ago)
Iron Man (2 months ago)
Can i use this in my exams?
Jody Mitoma the Entrepreneur (2 months ago)
This is awesome.
FlmngHrs (2 months ago)
IT'S OVER 9000!
Impossible Gamer (2 months ago)
Is it Waterproof and/of what part
bharadwaj Murri (3 months ago)
Try to make glasses Like iron man
GaZanx (3 months ago)
Un bon gros film de boule sur les lunettes
shaima hadji (4 months ago)
I would love to buy it . But But I live in Algeria .. but what can i do ??
xploria. (4 months ago)
Dont belive it. Its a lie. I just bought it. The vision field is microscopic.
Wolfie Girl Editz (4 months ago)
*TEACHER:* "Guys we have test today!" *PEOPLE WITH SMART GLASSES:* "I can cheat now.."
YouTube News Official (4 months ago)
And how do I buy this
Basic Benny (4 months ago)
is this good for the casino? like counting cards?
Inandi Snagg (4 months ago)
What would it in 2023???
Mike Grogan (5 months ago)
apples gonna soon claim they "reinvented" glasses and have a similar device that will cost twice as more, and its sad cause people are gonna buy into it cause its "new" and its made by Apple. maybe we will even get lucky and have another different kind of charger for it separate from the watch, phone and laptop XD no universal chargers for apple so they can keep making their bucks.
icecool1616 (5 months ago)
it's here huawei smart glass. you can pick call not just read the time and date.
Kwe Lingo (5 months ago)
Can you see your opponent energy level on it
theasshole (5 months ago)
Cheating made easy
Borsa Paraci (5 months ago)
2000: Dont sit too close to the tv its bad for you 2100 🎆
Ingo Stelz (5 months ago)
no cam, no navi, not interesting
Niklas (5 months ago)
80% test cheating comments 10% 2008 "dont sit to close in front of the tv" comments 10% actual comments
YEET842 (5 months ago)
Yes I can cheat my exsams
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Pessimistic Pantomath (5 months ago)
So they have cellular/WiFi capability, I’m guessing? And they’re basically just a smart watch but right up on your face? No thanks, I don’t want to definitely get a brain tumor.
DaveLovesGames (5 months ago)
I was sold until I saw the ring controller. Their design is top notch no doubt, but something about the way they see users interfacing with the device just makes the whole experience seem disconnected. Let the phone do the heavy lifting for interface/UX and make the glasses an extension of the phone when it's in your pocket.
Bongo (5 months ago)
yeah... I'll just get my directions, weather, news and text from the other 5 smart devices I'm already using Thaaaaaanks.
Kalvin Eldridge (5 months ago)
Smart glasses? No. But you put these in a Motorcycle Helmet and it's a day-1 purchase for me!
Himprabal Kaushik (5 months ago)
Forget design .focus on bringing down the price
Ahmes Syahda (5 months ago)
2:05 fyi, those are the *_only_* thing the glasses can do. show the weather, display text messages, show walking direction, and order uber. that's is, nothing else.
The Fomads (5 months ago)
They look Hipster tho.
Master Yeah (6 months ago)
Can those glasses detect power level of a person?
smoothshot 95 (6 months ago)
They look like their for 80yr olds
Poof Splix (6 months ago)
nice! a new way to make my right eye more blurry than my left.
Ang Giac (6 months ago)
Hipster community has joined the chat
masterofbloopers (6 months ago)
The FIRST thing I’d do with a pair of smart glasses is install an FPS HUD app and have it on 24/7
justmining Stocks (6 months ago)
I think I need one
DINESH MISHRA (6 months ago)
Rip 👀eyes
Sagnik Banerjee (6 months ago)
Black Mirror: The Entire History of You
WYRDO (5 months ago)
Its getting that way...
Juan leche (6 months ago)
I been waiting for this all my life
isahak molla (6 months ago)
Where is found
h l (6 months ago)
They already cut the prices down and laid off 150 employees. https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/22/smart-glasses-maker-north-employee-layoffs/
Elbert OX (6 months ago)
is not a good idea wearing computer near to human brain cz computer has dangerous transmission wave tht kills human cells... so don't even think about it radioactive signal create brain cancer...
Simon Vuille (6 months ago)
Not a fan of the ring, I'd have bought them if they had car gps too
The Luminous One (6 months ago)
more wearable bs to push onto the spiritually empty masses
PB1 PB (6 months ago)
does it work in dark & in rain?
kcgunesq (6 months ago)
So, these don't do anything my smart watch doesn't do, and does less than my phone, but cost more than my watch and about the same as my phone. Plus, they come with all of the disadvantages of glasses that have caused me to wear contacts for 30+ years. Plus, no camera and I have to wear a ring to make it work. No thanks.
here and there (6 months ago)
Ill go into my final exams with this
C. Dynamo (6 months ago)
1. JUST GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!! (Case Close)
pothana pruthvi (6 months ago)
I think this gadget increases your eye sight alot as it is too close to your eyes
Manan Singh (6 months ago)
can this show me pictures , i need these for cheating in exams that i have tomorrow
USER 005 (6 months ago)
The only way this would be cool is if it had FRS ...like in the spy movies
divya bk sunar (6 months ago)
Will it block blue light
3m0_Wr3ck (6 months ago)
no they aren't ugly, who said that?
Ashton Snapp (6 months ago)
Is there a version with the display on the left lens? I'm blind in my right eye.
Tswanamedic World HD (6 months ago)
Can i display PDFs and PPTs and access google on them? Can i take them for my examinations ?
Manan Singh (6 months ago)
GrowTech (6 months ago)
Next month is my exams, I need this so much!!!
FN2T (6 months ago)
LG는 투명 OLED 가능하면서 이런건 왜 안만드는거지....
Pam Simonson (6 months ago)
Careful with Amazon buying things. Then you buy it cause it's Amazon. Might end up destroying your life
Jager Gerg (6 months ago)
They look terrible to thick
hamad M (6 months ago)
Health issues, health issues, health issues. Consumer are aware. Highly compressed cpu omitting electromagnetic waves directly to my brain. Let’s talk side effects Mr. Smart glass + Sick fashion
tranquang237 (6 months ago)
I’d buy it
Soneca II (6 months ago)
Put the technology in a simple motorcycle haddon visor. Tire pressure alarme, GPS navigation and speed Camera alerts.
The VC (6 months ago)
Can i cheat my exam with this?
dominicanguy (6 months ago)
Blackmirror coming soon!
John Doe (6 months ago)
Best way to cheat your exams..
Bing Funny Video. BD (6 months ago)
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Micael Angeles (6 months ago)
Hhmmm, I think gesture navigation would do wonders with this smart glasses. I don't dig the ring controller.
prophet cooltard (6 months ago)
soy to the extreme
Saved by God's Grace. (6 months ago)
Not really sure? Safety issues are surely revelent. Driving ect..besides it's just another gadget.
trailer Foo (6 months ago)
I'm waiting on my iglasses
king of money and women (6 months ago)
Why wouldn't you have a camera on it, it's the 21st century. The fact it doesn't have one, makes it less attractive to me
Gerry Lisi (6 months ago)
Can i watch notes and cheat at school with those? If yes, take my money and send me those glasses!
shrikant k (6 months ago)
Bro whats in your eye 𝙇𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙮
daroth sovan (6 months ago)
Thank you for a new way to cheat in an exam
psychomaggot105 (6 months ago)
Oakley where you at?!
Will Sanders (6 months ago)
Now instead of friends all staring at their phones at a dinner party, everyone will be staring off into space. Progress! This company’s intention to minimize screen time is sincere, but in reality I’m sure most people will be addicted to these just like they are to their phones. The question is, how can we curb the addiction rather than create new ways to consume addictive content?
Soul S (6 months ago)
All im saying is... can I browse pornhub on em?
Supremelly Superblly (6 months ago)
those glasses is not good. first it's too heavy to wear and second it's has bad lens coating.
Supremelly Superblly (6 months ago)
no one wants those glasses because it's too heavy to wear
Top Recommender (6 months ago)
Radiation everywhere... Mobile phones, watches and now glasses...Guess we are gonna die sooner than we thought.
Ambient Infinite Video AIV (6 months ago)
Very cool. Thanks for posting. Liked @36,704 and subscribed @1,751,403 views.
tropicthndr (6 months ago)
much better idea than having a fking laser blasting your eye like Intels version
Aaron Fieldman (6 months ago)
How about $100 bucks?
Parzival (6 months ago)
Honestly, I think (eventually) smart glasses will most definitely become the smart phone of the future.
Turki Kaboha (6 months ago)
Good for cheating in exams
destroyerplayer (6 months ago)
No camera no go
Nick Magee (6 months ago)
“Back in my day...”
bourdie1979 (6 months ago)
I want to work for this company
New Shoe Unboxing & New Music (6 months ago)
Just reach in your pocket and pull out that $1000 phone you bought. Getting updates and notification solved.
T A R I Q A M I N-DK (6 months ago)
Is it possible to use this glass with android phones?(Samsung note 9)
Rohn Denver (6 months ago)
they are useless if u cant google w/ them.
Nina Shrewsbury (6 months ago)
I will invest in smart glasses when they can make them smart progressive. What I mean is, make them so someone with a visual impairment, who actually needs glasses, can zoom in like you can with a camera on your phone. For me this would be amazing for like crossing the street and I cannot see what the sign says on the other side. This would most likely make the lenses more bulky but hopefully technology will get to a point where they won’t need to be just like a phone camera.
Ashley Thomas (6 months ago)
the arms look so thick lol. if they start at 1k i wonder how much they cost when you actually put prescription lenses in the
Punch Party (7 months ago)
Next up is touching holograms. Remote control? What is this, 1999?
Punch Party (7 months ago)
Lol. Too thick. Kinda embarrassing, what is this, 1999?
Bill Gettings (7 months ago)
Or just look at your phone.
Rogelio Mendez (7 months ago)
Make sure you guys design a 57mm XL square. Not these old fashion designs that you guys are showing in this video. Thanks !!!
Rahees Rahe (7 months ago)
The one who tried the glass in the video started behaving like blind when he wear the glasses.
MKimchiii (7 months ago)
2008: Don't sit too close to the TV! You'll hurt your eyes! 2018: