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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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Himprabal Kaushik (3 days ago)
Forget design .focus on bringing down the price
Ahmes Syahda (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
They look Hipster tho.
Master Yeah (6 days ago)
Can those glasses detect power level of a person?
smoothshot 95 (8 days ago)
They look like their for 80yr olds
Poof Splix (8 days ago)
nice! a new way to make my right eye more blurry than my left.
Ang Giac (8 days ago)
Hipster community has joined the chat
masterofbloopers (11 days 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
Just MiningStocks (12 days ago)
I think I need one
DINESH MISHRA (12 days ago)
Rip 👀eyes
Sagnik Banerjee (12 days ago)
Black Mirror: The Entire History of You
Juan Falcon (12 days ago)
I been waiting for this all my life
isahak molla (13 days ago)
Where is found
h l (13 days 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 (14 days 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 (15 days ago)
Not a fan of the ring, I'd have bought them if they had car gps too
The Luminous One (15 days ago)
more wearable bs to push onto the spiritually empty masses
PB1 PB (15 days ago)
does it work in dark & in rain?
kcgunesq (15 days 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 (15 days ago)
Ill go into my final exams with this
C. Dynamo (16 days ago)
1. JUST GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!! (Case Close)
Marcus Tulare (17 days ago)
Few problems: eye sight discomfort, disorientation, too expensive to cost the entire set after the google glass problem, eye straining, and may causes head aches if people with poor eye sights or other disabilities.
pothana pruthvi (17 days ago)
I think this gadget increases your eye sight alot as it is too close to your eyes
Manan Singh (18 days ago)
can this show me pictures , i need these for cheating in exams that i have tomorrow
USER 005 (18 days ago)
The only way this would be cool is if it had FRS ...like in the spy movies
divya bk sunar (18 days ago)
Will it block blue light
3m0_Wr3ck (18 days ago)
no they aren't ugly, who said that?
Snapp (18 days ago)
Is there a version with the display on the left lens? I'm blind in my right eye.
SoulFinger tswanamedic (19 days ago)
Can i display PDFs and PPTs and access google on them? Can i take them for my examinations ?
Manan Singh (18 days ago)
GrowTech (19 days ago)
Next month is my exams, I need this so much!!!
2T FN (19 days ago)
LG는 투명 OLED 가능하면서 이런건 왜 안만드는거지....
Pam Simonson (20 days ago)
Careful with Amazon buying things. Then you buy it cause it's Amazon. Might end up destroying your life
Jager Gerg (20 days ago)
They look terrible to thick
hamad M (20 days 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 (21 days ago)
I’d buy it
Soneca II (21 days ago)
Put the technology in a simple motorcycle haddon visor. Tire pressure alarme, GPS navigation and speed Camera alerts.
The VC (21 days ago)
Can i cheat my exam with this?
jmony18 (21 days ago)
Blackmirror coming soon!
Chris GS-401A (21 days ago)
I Smell i Glasses coming, Ka Ching! And it will be a Revoultion inside the Walled Garden.
John Doe (22 days ago)
Best way to cheat your exams..
Bing Funny Video. BD (22 days ago)
koto taka
Micael Angeles (22 days ago)
Hhmmm, I think gesture navigation would do wonders with this smart glasses. I don't dig the ring controller.
Peanutting Butter (22 days ago)
soy to the extreme
Mark Rice (22 days ago)
Not really sure? Safety issues are surely revelent. Driving ect..besides it's just another gadget.
trailer Foo (22 days ago)
I'm waiting on my iglasses
Anime Life (23 days 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 (23 days ago)
Can i watch notes and cheat at school with those? If yes, take my money and send me those glasses!
shrikant k (24 days ago)
Bro whats in your eye 𝙇𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙮
daroth sovan (24 days ago)
Thank you for a new way to cheat in an exam
psychomaggot105 (24 days ago)
Oakley where you at?!
Will Sanders (24 days 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 (24 days ago)
All im saying is... can I browse pornhub on em?
Maximilian Foxy (24 days ago)
those glasses is not good. first it's too heavy to wear and second it's has bad lens coating.
Maximilian Foxy (24 days ago)
no one wants those glasses because it's too heavy to wear
Top Recommender (25 days ago)
Radiation everywhere... Mobile phones, watches and now glasses...Guess we are gonna die sooner than we thought.
Ambient Infinite Video AIV (27 days ago)
Very cool. Thanks for posting. Liked @36,704 and subscribed @1,751,403 views.
tropicthndr (1 month ago)
much better idea than having a fking laser blasting your eye like Intels version
Aaron Fieldman (1 month ago)
How about $100 bucks?
Parzival (1 month ago)
Honestly, I think (eventually) smart glasses will most definitely become the smart phone of the future.
Turki Kaboha (1 month ago)
Good for cheating in exams
destroyerplayer (1 month ago)
No camera no go
Nick Magee (1 month ago)
“Back in my day...”
bourdie1979 (1 month ago)
I want to work for this company
CJ Em (1 month ago)
Yeah Google glass tried this already and failed. This will fail too
Westley 707 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Is it possible to use this glass with android phones?(Samsung note 9)
Rohn Denver (1 month ago)
they are useless if u cant google w/ them.
Nina Shrewsbury (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Next up is touching holograms. Remote control? What is this, 1999?
Punch Party (1 month ago)
Lol. Too thick. Kinda embarrassing, what is this, 1999?
Bill Gettings (1 month ago)
Or just look at your phone.
Rogelio Mendez (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The one who tried the glass in the video started behaving like blind when he wear the glasses.
MKimchiii (1 month ago)
2008: Don't sit too close to the TV! You'll hurt your eyes! 2018:
shannara fryer (1 month ago)
I want it but I'd probably have to sell both of my kidneys to afford it
Mike McNickle (1 month ago)
Awesome. Just needs a web surfing capability. Where you can look at something and surf to find out what it is and how it works. We can also do away with the institution of school at this time as well, freeing up 12+ years
deasis deasis (1 month ago)
Good for Test Exam ahahah
Gucci Hucci (1 month ago)
Kingsman in a nutshell 😂
Kill Switch (1 month ago)
can we cheat in exams ?
Twin V-Twizzy (1 month ago)
Seems cool, but the glasses need to be more stylish
Siddharth Jain (1 month ago)
But won't it damage your eyes since the glass and screen is so close to your eye? Doesn't it affect eyesight and gives a blurry vision?....
Lewis Gustave (1 month ago)
Too bad they're terrible looking. Fat Giant bars on side
Boomin’ 22 (1 month ago)
Is it me or this reminds me of the scouter from Dragon Ball Z? 🤔
joe jone (1 month ago)
2 expensive but....
Anzar Abbas (1 month ago)
This is so useful in exam 😂
Lomus 33 (1 month ago)
In words of SpongeBob: " I.... Neeeeed iiiit!!!"
pedrofly100 (1 month ago)
But can it run Crysis???
MR.STAVANGER (1 month ago)
But can it help in exams?
iam Negan (1 month ago)
Ohh cool I can be a hipster now
TheNaveen Nano (1 month ago)
Waiting for schools to ban them......
jason dads (1 month ago)
no camera :(
Jailan Rayvon (1 month ago)
I’m sold
Brian Speckert (1 month ago)
that ring is ugly, i’d rather just swipe the side of the glasses
Lorenzo Duarte (1 month ago)
Best way to cheat on tests 🤤😂
Cousin Justin (1 month ago)
*Liberal Glasses, for Liberal Tears*
Israel M (1 month ago)
I want one I'm in
Totally Vise (1 month ago)
Apple Glasses are coming anytime soon . Watch it here https://youtu.be/F-crr_n-_7k
IpsilonTeePee (1 month ago)
I'll wait to cheap 10$ chinese version
Harry Standen (1 month ago)
What abt people who don’t need glasses☹️