Yet another Google Glass challenger has taken to Kickstarter; this time it's the Optivent ORA-1. The company, which is seeking to raise at least $100,000, stakes their claim to fame on running Android 4.2.2 (with a promised upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat and a "Flip-Vu" display that pivots up in front of the wearer's eyes or drops down out of the way (kind of not really).

Unlike Google Glass, though, these aren't really going for sleek. The ORA-1 unit itself chunky and mounted on huge traditional glasses-style frames jutting out from your face. Fashion is of course a subjective thing, but the big blinders-style design of Optivent's headset just isn't doing it for us. That said, this thing is designed to be ab;e to run as a stand-alone device, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, though you'll need to hook it up with your phone if you want to use it on the go.

When it comes to the holy grail of connected eyewear, Optivent has some fancy ideas of what they'll be able to do with augmented reality, but they're also wholly unrealistic. You can watch the video if you want, but all you need to know is that right now, even with the Wikitude AR SDK in place, there's no way you'll be able to open the hood of your Chevy Volt and look at the engine compartment through the ORA-1 and diagnose what's gone wrong. At least not in the next five years.

All of this, though, is what Optivent calls a "developer platform." When it comes to pledges, Optivent is offering a $300 early "consumer version" backer edition (or $649 after the first 100 are sold), with shipping due in August 2015. But if you want to get in on the game early, it'll be a $599 pledge from you for a December 2014 delivery. Which, well… we'll see.

Optivent's vision for the ORA-1 is ambitious, but are they promising too much?

Source: Kickstarter


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Optivent ORA-1 Android-powered headset takes to Kickstarter, isn't for the style-conscious


I don't support Kickstarter funding or crowd funding in general. I'll support real in store Kickstarter products at the mark up price. Been burned once and shame on you. Won't ever be a shame on me being burned twice.

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Hi Android Fans,
What we are releasing is a developer version, not a consumer product and as such we have not concentrated on looks. This is written in several places in the campaign. The dev. platform is the 1st step since no matter how good it will look, it will not be of any use without apps. The consumer version we are planning will be more streamlined and will be based on a smaller optical engine. I invite all to have a look at the "Evolution of the ORA" section of the campaign.

Thanks. Will wait for an actual consumer product in store. Good luck.

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Alas, I read Optivent's response AFTER I made the comment. Well, I do hope they improve the looks, because otherwise, my comment stands. Hehe. Sorry guys.

GLASS or whatever you call it has a few issues, but i have a few awesome uses in mind...

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$100.000 is a mere pittance of what they'll need....sounds like bs to me.
And that video had me laughing. .
Especially when he greets the blond chick wearing a red pair of those hideous looking glasses and the voice over calls them "ELEGANT"
They look like some sort of bizarre aliens.
I don't know where these people are from...but they're definitely smoking some really good shit.

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Lol I almost died laughing. They're gonna take the money and run, this isn't a real product. I hope nobody is dumb enough to back this "product"