Wearable tech is an interesting thing now. With so much hype around it it’s often hard to meet peoples expectations when they get their hands on it. The Vuzix M100 is one such device.
Having read and posted a Tech News piece last year I was looking forward to trying and when I did last week I was disappointed.
Upon putting on the M100 I noticed that the headset felt very uncomfortable on my ear. I constantly had to readjust it and make sure that it wasn’t digging into the side of my face. While I don’t expect these devices to be perfect the M100 goes the other way and quickly becomes annoying.
While the M100 is primarily used for commercial and medical applications, I used it strictly operating as a consumer and user of wearable tech. If I had to use it for a job I would quickly discard it in favor of another device or a smartphone or tablet based on what I mention above.
With a WQVGA Color display, the M100 works on your left or right eye, over head or with safety glasses (included). With or without safety glasses, I found the screen on the M100 to be satisfactory. Heads up display or HUD technology still has a way to go but both the Recon JET and Google Glass provide a better viewing experience.
The M100 runs on a standard Android build which is fine with me. You can also use a remote control app that pairs with an Android device. It isn’t compatible with iOS yet but if I had to switch to an Android device to use it I could be ok with that.
Vuzix does sell a developer kit sdk but company’s such as Google do not charge to develop on platform such as Glass. Vuzix’s M100 SDK is 199.99 USD so Glass would be a better choice for a number of reasons price included.
The features and functionality offered by the M100 are solid once you get past the way it feels on your face but if you are wearing it for long periods you may not be able to. It has 1 GB RAM and 4GB flash capable memory with Micro SD support up to 32 GB.
Battery life with the M100 is 6 hours hands free (display off) but only 2 hours hands free and display and 1 hour hands free plus display and camera. Wearable tech devices don’t typically have long battery lives so the External Battery Pack helps increase run time up to 6.5 times over base M100. It offers Micro USB connectivity as well as Wi-Fi 802.11and Bluetooth
Given the performance of the device the price is also way too high. At 999.99 USD individuals much less company’s should be hesitant to make an investment in the M100.