Google Glass Competitor Styled After Ray Bans, Has Holographic Interface

June 14, 2014 Updated: June 14, 2014

Meta SpaceGlasses are devices similar to Google Glass—eyeglasses that function like computers or smartphones. Meta’s glasses allow users to manipulate images using their hands by reaching in front of them and “touching” the images displayed in front of their eyes on the glasses’ lens. 

CNN described the experience as being like a “real-life Tony Stark.” This “Iron Mantechnology is available for pre-order for $3,650 to be delivered after January 2015. 

Meta’s glasses could outclass Google Glass. “We want to make it look like a pair of Ray Bans,” Meron Gribetz, CEO and founder of Meta, told Wired magazine. Meta allows users to access apps while looking straight ahead, instead of sideways as with Google Glass.

Users can record videos with a front-facing LED, letting others know that they are in the process of recording. This could be an advantage considering the controversy about privacy issues. Some have expressed concern that Google Glass wearers can record video without others knowing they’re on camera.

With a 40-degree 3D HD dual immersive transparent display, the Meta has 15 times the display size of Google Glass. The SpaceGlasses have an integrated scanner with the 3-D display that reads the environment and positions the holograms in the appropriate place for the wearer. The Meta app store has a fast-growing user base with more than 500 apps already on the market.

The device has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0 connectivity. The built-in computer carries an Intel i5 CPU with 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and battery. There are twin RGB cameras and 9-axis motion unit with accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass integrated. It weighs 180 grams and comes with a USB cable and carry case. The Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded last year reaching almost twice the initial goal of $100,000.