North Focals: dear “smart” glasses in a classic setting

The creators of the sign controller Myo from Thalmic Labs decided to try his hand in a large segment of wearable devices. The company changed its name to the North and introduced the “smart” glasses Focals, which are well camouflaged as an ordinary accessory.

The creators of the sign controller Myo from Thalmic Labs decided to try his hand in a large segment of wearable devices. The company changed its name to the North and introduced the “smart” glasses Focals, which are well camouflaged as an ordinary accessory.

The creators of the sign controller Myo from Thalmic Labs decided to try his hand in a large segment of wearable devices. The company changed its name to the North and introduced the “smart” glasses Focals, which are well camouflaged as an ordinary accessory.
What do they know?

Focals equipped with a miniature projector on the right handle, the image of which is reflected from the eyeglass lens. The screen displays the time, weather, text messages, notifications from selected apps, calendar events, and notes on the route in the navigation mode. On the glasses, you can call the voice assistant, Alexa, or enjoy a ride in Uber is the only third-party services, but the team promises to support other services in the future.

The gadget works in conjunction with a smartphone on Android or iOS. Claimed the quick responses to messages, but on Apple devices it doesn’t work due to limitations the operating system. The idea of the creators is that the user rarely hung in the smartphone, and more interested in the surrounding world.

In the North chose a curious way to control your smart glasses. Instead of the touch panel, in which you constantly move your finger (Hello, Google Glass), used for navigation ring Loop with a small joystick.

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

According to the developers, in the normal Face will last a full day. For charging branded case with an embedded battery. It is also the space for a Loop, and the ring itself can last up to five days without recharging. Using the pads supplied with the eyeglasses are easily converted into sunglasses.
Not for everyone

North Focals already available for pre-order on the official website at the immodest price of $1,000. And it’s not the only obstacle to purchase. Smart glasses require individual adjustment, it is necessary to scan your face in one of the showrooms of the company. And there are currently only two in Brooklyn and Toronto.

The start of sales is scheduled for December. Customers can order the lenses with diopters. The first time will be available only version with rectangular frames and rounded glasses will have to wait until next year.

Sources: North, Engadget