Thanks to the folks at April Technology, I got a chance to review the iSpectacles before they officially launch it later this month. The iSpectacles, for the uninitiated, is a 3 part system that turns your iPhone or Android phone into Google Glass.
Setting up the iSpectacles is straight forward. Just tape your iPhone or Android Phone on the iSpectacles using the black tape provided. You want to be careful while using the black tape. Do not cover the camera hole with the black tape or you won’t be able to see anything. And if you are using an iPhone, you might not want to cover the Apple Logo. You still want others to know that you are using an iPhone. Right? Once your phone is secured, you are ready to go.
The iSpectacles system comes with a iOS and Android app that you can download for free. Make sure you turn on the app before wearing the iSpectacles. It will take a while to get used to seeing the screen so close to your eyes. Most people claim that they have headache and nausea when they first started using the iSpectacles. This is perfectly normal. Once you get past that stage, the iSpectacles will be like an extension of your eyes. In fact, I don’t feel the iSpectacles on me after wearing for an hour. In fact, I don’t feel a thing at all after wearing for 1 hour. Cool.
Once you get past the initial state of uncomfortness, you’ll love the iSpectacles. The iSpectacles knows everything about you. What you eat and drink, what you like or dislike. It is constantly connected to your Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can program it to automatically reply to all your emails. For example if a Saudi Prince needs your help to transfer large amount of cash to your country, iSpectacles will automatically reply the Prince with your bank account number. But that’s not the most amazing part about iSpectacles. iSpectacles is a heads-up display that provide you more information of your surrounding.
iSpectacles can calculate the amount of calories in your meal and give you the best health recommendation.
It knows what bus you are taking and your latest IPPT results. So if the bus is too far away, it will tell you not to run since you most likely won’t catch up.
It knows the location of your friends and if you owe them money, iSpectacles will warn you if they are approaching your direction.
There are so many things that iSpectacles can do. It even advise you the best place to meet girls and Google best pick up lines from the internet. Cool feature. I’ll try that out soon.
I’ve been using the iSpectacles for a few days and I’m loving it. Besides providing useful information, I also become the centre of attention when I’m using iSpectacles. Few days ago, I saw a girl taking photo of me wearing the iSpectacles on train. When I talk to her, she said that she is submitting my photo to STOMP. COOL! I bet they are going to feature me in the new Tech Whiz section.
The iSpectacles will be available in the market later this month. No pricing available yet. Currently support iOS and Android 4.0 and above. I heard that they will be supporting Tablets in the near future. Looking forward to wearing my iPad 2 on my face.