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Idea: Laster SeeThru - A Better Google Glass Project?

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ideas Gadgets
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Google Glass Open Google Glass link in a new window has been in test mode for a few months now, and when you read the internet press, it's popular. First, there's the Google name behind it (and therefore big money), and second, the technology speaks to a lot of people. But the Google Glass has some limitations IMHO, one of them being the glass surface is quite small.

Laster SeeThru

A crowd-funding project in Kickstarter is waiting to finalize its funding to make a very interesting Augmented Reality (AR) eyewear called the Laster SeeThru Open Kickstarter link in a new window.

Laster Technologies Open Laster link in a new window is a French company founded in 2005, active in both the USA and France. Their team of experts have been working in the field of see-thru eyewear in the military and aerospace with very specialized gear. Now they are branching out with their expertise into the general public eyewear.

Laster SeeThru

So it's not a fly-by-night outfit of a 2 geeks working in their parents' garage (but then again, look at what Steve Jobs did, right?). They have already made 100's of prototypes of the SeeThru eyewear, and tested it in many different consumer applications.

In the introductory video below you will see the glasses used in different day-to-day uses, like flying airplanes, rollerblading, cycling and much more of interest to us, motorcycle riding (you will find an interesting portion at the 4:40 mark).

The Laster Technologies folks are looking for additional funding to bring this interesting product to the market. Their anticipated sales price for the glasses will fall under Google's version and well below the $500 mark (if you pledge money at Kickstarter, you'll get it for $399, or in kit form for $350).

Laster SeeThru

The glass surface is quite big with an 800 by 600 pixels "screen". There are gyroscopes, accelerometers and a compass onboard, and the device communicates using Bluetooth 3.0 with your smartphone. The battery will last 6 to 8 hours.

My only question is when I look at the video of the product used on the motorcycle and the actual prototype is how the hell did they fit that inside a helmet?

Click here to access the Laster SeeThru Kickstarter project Open Kickstarter link in a new window (and pledge money)
Click here to access the Laster Technologies web site Open Laster link in a new window

Here is the introduction video (at the 4:40 mark is the motorcycle sequence):

Via: L'Equipement

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