Poll: Are you interested in buying smart glasses?

Oppo Air Glass Lifestyle
Oppo Air Glass Lifestyle (Image credit: OPPO)

When Google Glass first launched, it was seen as a marvel ahead of its time. However, it faced a ton of criticism around privacy and aesthetics, with some users lovingly referred to as "Glassholes." Needless to say, Glass didn't exactly take off as a consumer product, but it has since inspired the birth of many more smart glasses as the technology matured.

With more companies launching their own smart glasses, we want to know if they're something you're interested in buying.

It's worth noting that there are a few different types of smart glasses on the market. The most basic form are the audio glasses, something like the Razer Anzu that I reviewed. They look largely like normal glasses but feature built-in speakers, Bluetooth, and touch controls. These are largely good for listening to music, taking calls, or even gaming.

Razer Anzu Review

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Then there are the social glasses, which are a bit more connected. This is akin to the Facebook Ray-Ban Stories or even the Snapchat Spectacles, which feature cameras for capturing photos and videos that can be uploaded online.

Next up are the smart aR (Assisted Reality) glasses. The new OPPO Air Glass takes this approach, offering various apps to help users interact with their environment. This includes turn-by-turn navigation, live translation, teleprompting, and more. This is also the direction that Meta seems to want to go in with its wearable ambitions, even as the company focuses on improving its best VR headsets.

Then there are the smart AR (Augmented Reality) glasses. These are much more fully-featured, acting almost as a replacement for your smartphone. The Nreal Light are the most recent examples of mixed-reality glasses, allowing you to watch movies, play games, or navigate your smartphone.

With that in mind, let us know what you think about smart glasses and whether or not you'd be interested in buying a pair. And if you already have, let us know more about your experience so far.

Derrek Lee
News Editor

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

  • I've been wearing glasses since I was four years old. I couldn't wear contacts thanks to my astigmatism so at one point, I had lasik surgery so I wouldn't have to wear glasses anymore, but I still had to wear reading glasses. Then my eyes deteriorated with age so the lasik didn't work anymore either and too much of my cornea had been removed the first time to ever have it done again. I'm sick of glasses, I'll be in glasses the rest of my life. Why would I want to wear 'smart' glasses? They're just another expensive gimmick that will be gone in a couple years. No thanks.
  • Wild that when even videogames are trending towards no HUD, there's still a push to add a HUD to people's actual vision
  • We already have enough idiots out on the road distracting. Good population control.
  • Only if it's made by Apple. Then we know it will be perfect and they'll sell 100s of millions in a few weeks.
  • I have the Amazon Echo glasses and I like them. Since I had to start wearing glasses again I figured I'd pick up a pair. Being able to listen to text messages and respond without picking up my phone is nice. Phone calls on them is convenient too. It's not for everyone but they work for me. Now if I can get something with a headsup display for when I'm on my motorcycle I'd be set.
  • If the smart glasses could be fitted with prescription lenses, then maybe. Otherwise they are just another fad or gimmick.
  • Some can be, although I'm not sure about all of them.
  • Yeah but they would need to give me access to a lot of features. Ar interface to a virtual phone,desktop,tv etc. Then they should also have a second layer of glass that can darken up like those modern sun roofs And turn the glasses in to Vr glasses.
    Lastly the glasses should come with an always on hud display option to show things like a little arrows for navigation when needed,cooking instructions, shopping list, notification counter etc.
    The battery life must be at least 16-17 hours of moderate use so it'll require a solid state battery and a 2-3nm processor probably
    I'd be happy to pay 1500£ for that.
  • I'll wait for passthrough VR, thank you.
  • It really depends, I want them to be properly smart, not just with speakers build in and also not ones that only display you notifications, I would want to be able to see the music I'm playen, get my navigation in front of my eyes and read my notifications and reply with voice recognition. I also want to the who calls me when I get called, and ideally it would be able to give me information about stuff I'm looking at something like google lens build in. Unfortunately by my knowledge no such smart glasses exist yet
  • But if they are Google glasses, think of all the pop up ads you will have to try and see around.