Watch out Glass! Lenovo announces wearable competitor, the C1


Google Glass is still in a relative infancy for the type of wearable it is, an accessory to don upon one’s head. Smartwatches do not have such challenges, since wristwatches have been part of the scene for a very long time.

While Glass is now an expensive public beta, $1,500 being the price of admission, the quasi-existent-market is perfect to get in at the ground level. To that end, Lenovo unveiled a competitor to Glass, and a platform which it hopes to attract development for.

The wearable is called, C1. It looks like Glass, but from there the similarities diverge. The first big difference is the placement of the battery. In the C1’s instance, the battery is worn around the neck. Lenovo did not reveal a lot of detail about the product, but did use the stage to introduce the platform that the company hopes to bring developers on board to support the C1, and a number of other “internet of things” ideas.

The NBD platform, which is meant to represent “new bench” from its Chinese foundation, will integrate not only with the C1, but it will also beyond what we know as the traditional mobile software landscape. NBD can assist partners and developers with funding, research, as well as manufacturing. One such company is a German outfit called Luftmed. The company’s product is an affordable air purifier that can be controlled with a smartphone.

NBD is currently a China-only initiative, but Lenovo has the scale to expand such a program worldwide, particularly when it comes to products that are marketable to a global consumer base. NBD has the logistical framework in place thanks to Lenovo’s established PC business.

Lenovo also announced that it had partnered with Vuzix to bring the M100 smart glasses to China. The M100 runs Android 4.0.4, has a 1GHz OMAP4460 CPU, and 1GB of RAM. There is also 4GB of expandable storage. It is Bluethooth and Wi-Fi equipped, and it uses motion gestures as part of the interface. The M100 will be available in China beginning July 31st and the price tag is 8,000 yuan ($1,300).

As for the C1, more will be revealed in October. The rationale provided by Lenovo is simple, “Right now there are too many kinds of devices you can develop for the Internet of Things. It’s too rich. Not one company can do it all,” according to Lenovo SVP Chen Xudong. Given the C1’s current form factor, it will be interesting to see how it is received. With the battery around the neck, one could argue that it provides an additional canvas to make a fashion statement.

source: PC World,

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17 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

That looks a little too thick, you say?

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

This just screams copy on so many levels.

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Why? It's a pair of generic glasses with a camera and projector fitted to one arm. It was hardly original when Google launched their version... Are all mobile phone manufacturers copying each other because they make flat bricks with touch screens?

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Chinese unoriginality and cheap imitations rearing its head again.

9. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

With a better price

4. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

The specs are eerily similar to an Atrix 2

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why does it seem to take forever for Google to release their glasses?

6. HASHTAG unregistered

You'll probably be thankful that Google is taking its time to release Glass. This may be a rush product with tons of bugs.

7. iCloud

Posts: 125; Member since: May 15, 2014

I wouldn't be surprised they abandoned it. Too many issues (not technical) but social.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't think it a problem. In fact there should let every cop wear one to clean up the street. There are many use for such device such as education attending class lecture. I am ok with places not allowing glass such as bar and clubbing. But in many situation it will help. Glass in an extension of smartphone in every ways. There may be a day where human implant technology into the body to overcome disease later on to increase productivity. If Google don't do it most likely a Chinese brand company would just pick it up and make it theirs.

16. tombridgeville unregistered

Exactly. The social problem I see is someone with the Glasses could be staring at women and/or worse yet, going to the park and watching little kids for some nefarious intent. On the other hand, I can see them being used by hobbyists such as bird watchers or sports fans, and more importantly the benefit to patients is tremendous, consider medical professionals who can bring up charts, x-rays, and symptons while they are diagnosing an ailment. To me, I'd have the same reaction if I were on a subway and someone was pointing a video camera at me, I'd get angry even though in public you have no expectation of privacy, but still you'd have to question someones motives. According to the last Census there are over 662,000 physicians and surgeons in the U.S., I think this will be the area that Google will concentrate sales efforts first, at least that's what I would do.

8. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I just want a gopro type thing that can be worn like a pair of sunglasses. Enough memory, and battery to record about 3 hours of decent quality footage.

11. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

WTF China Guy? cant you stop copying and sell things dirty cheap? you just killed many innovative company! please dont say chinese,because still many guy from other part of the world,which also the mandarin are their main language (ok,i know the whole things i write are off topics

13. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

You know where the battery should be situated to make a fashion statement? In the pants! I hate all glasses with cameras.

14. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Well since Google seems content to not make glasses available to everyone for years rendering the tech they use obsolete by the time the roll it out im glad someone is hopefully bringing them faster assuming they get it right of course

15. slyhounddog

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

I don't think it's the hardware side of things they are trying to perfect. That'll just take a few weeks to optimize the newest avaliable hardware once the os and software are optimized. It definitely won't be obsolete when it comes out.

17. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

if they make a design like a Geiger Counter in DBZ, that will be my Smart Glass... :D

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