Meet Icis, a less dorky looking version of Google Glass

Face it, Google Glass is pretty cool. It is also unavoidably geeky looking. It is sure to be a hit when it becomes commercially available. People and businesses are looking at ways to embrace its functionality.  Some folks may not want to wear what obviously looks like an appliance on their face though. That is where Icis comes in. Icis is for those that think function should follow form. Icis has some style.

A gang of alumni from the Rochester Institute of Technology have come together and created a company called Laforge (yes, it is a Star Trek: TNG reference) to build upon this concept that provides a real augmented reality experience within a conventional form factor, agnostic to whatever vision prescription the user may have.

Icis is a Bluetooth accessory to your iOS, Android or Windows Phone device. The app being developed is called SocialFlo, and that is used to determine what appears in the user display of Icis.  As for applications, widgets or app that utilize the full screen will be blocked for safety reasons, but there will be widget functionality.

Laforge has taken to the crowd funding scene to get some early adopters and build a developer base to ensure practical functionality to Icis. The goal is $80,000 over the next month. The cost for a fully functional Icis BOLD kit (which includes a camera and a higher resolution display), the end-user consumer version, is $620 and you should have it in January 2015.  There are only 100 of those available though, after that the delivery is February 2015. There is also a regular beta kit for $420, which gets you the device by December 2014.

A special earlyBeta kit is available too.  It runs $820 and is for those that want to be a part of the testing action all the way through commercial release. The plus side of that is you would have your Icis in August this year and you get a free upgrade to the beta kit, or get a discount on the final design Icis BOLD eyewear.

Specifications are not final, but the initial spec sheet is pretty basic, a Texas Instruments Sitara CPU clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and the underlying OS is Linux based. The final design will have a more robust spec sheet (1GB of RAM, higher resolution display, 720p video recording). 

What do you think of this stylish alternative?  This is not the first augmented reality wearable device we have seen, but this one makes up for that with quite a bit of style.  For some it is better to look good than to feel good.  Reserve your Icis via the source link below.

sources: Icis (Indiegogo) via CNET



1. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Hipster glasses 2.0

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

A much better version of Glass, I don't like the other style, but these i could wear.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Meh, I prefer the Google version, it's less rude than constantly checking phone cuz you just look to the side and yell "TWEETS! READ ME TWEETS!", "oh that's nice sweety ca...TWEETS!"

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, could they create this for people who actually need glasses to see - would be cool, instead of having to wear two sets of not so cool

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

At least the final specs look like a low end Android phone, unlike those dumb smart watches... ....

6. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

As someone who has worn glasses for since 6th grade, with a trip through contact lenses, the ones in the middle of the photo, with the lenses that are frameless at the bottom, look enough like my current ones that I could happily wear them without a lot of scrutiny.

7. papss unregistered

Are these damn glasses ever going to hit the general public?

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not at the price they currently are.

8. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I really like the way wearable tech is being explored. Kudos to the debs and much support!


Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

there is a sentence from the introduction of the apple earpod the human ear is so unique no to are alike making one headphone to fit every bodys is like trying one pair of shoes to fit every bodies feet the human face is so unique no to are alike making one pair of eyewear to fit every bodys is like trying one pair of shoes to fit every bodies feet

11. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

thank god apple didnt patent that sentence...

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