Are Smart Glasses the Next Big Thing or It’s Just a Fad?

These days it’s common for you to run into people wearing smart glasses. That’s not surprising since the global smart eyewear market is booming, especially here in Singapore. Most of us could only fantasize about wearing smart glasses after watching spy movies such as James Bond. However, the future has made it possible for you to use your glasses to execute various tasks and access a wide range of information. The wearable technology industry can sometimes seem unpredictable. If you have taken a keen interest in smart eyewear, you may wonder whether it’s the next big thing or just a fad.  If you want to be an early adaptor of smart eyeglasses, this is an excellent option.

 What are Smart Glasses? 

Most of us have heard about smart eyeglasses, but very few know how they work. A pair of smart glasses bring all the technology in your smartphone or personal computer to your eyewear. Aesthetic-wise, they may look like typical glasses, but they have been incorporated with wireless technology, infotainment systems, and plenty of other useful techs. With smart glasses, you can connect and communicate with the virtual world, gain access to information, and experience augmented reality.

You may not see through buildings with smart glasses. At least not yet. But you can talk to friends, access a map of your city, and use it for navigation. You can also make payments and even shop using your smart eyewear. You can perform almost all the tasks your smartphone does. 

History of Smart Glasses 

When the idea of smart glasses was conceived, the prototypes had limited functions. Let’s not even get started with how clunky they looked. However, as time went by and new technologies were invented, smart glasses became more advanced in terms of functionality and design. It’s been almost a decade since the first smart glass was invented. So far, we have seen smart glasses being used in almost all sectors. 

What’s the Future of Smart Eyewear? 

Many people anticipated the smart watches trend to disappear within a few years. But we can all testify that smartwatches are here to stay. The same applies to smart eyewear. Smart glasses are more than a fancy and cool accessory. These devices come with many benefits. You can read messages, receive calls, access calendars and even check stocks. All these services are offered simultaneously as you work, drive or engage in other tasks because your sight isn’t limited.

Smart glasses are still not as prevalent as smartwatches, but it’s heading there. The only obstacle is that most people are reluctant to try this new gadget. Featuring built-in speakers for ease of communication, these smart glasses eliminate the need for headphones. They offer eye protection thanks to the blue light lenses. These glasses have a sleek touch interface that allows you to execute various functions, from answering calls to playing media. You also get a five-hour battery. 

By the look of things, smart glasses will soon be used in education and research. This will be a significant boost for students and teachers. So far, we have seen how effective smart eyewear has been in the transport industry. Motorists can multi-task with a lot of ease. 

Regional Insights on the Popularity of Smart Glasses

 Asia-pacific is leading the global smart eyewear market. These devices have been adopted in the commercial, transportation, sports, fitness, and health industries. Most people appreciate the convenience provided by these devices. 

Final Thoughts 

The future of smart glasses is quite promising. Considering the benefits of wearing smart eyewear, more people are continuing to realize the usefulness of this gadget. Also, as technology evolves, we can expect to witness more features in smart glasses.

Brett Sartorial

Brett is a business journalist with a focus on corporate strategy and leadership. With over 15 years of experience covering the corporate world, Brett has a reputation for being a knowledgeable, analytical and insightful journalist. He has a deep understanding of the business strategies and leadership principles that drive the world's most successful companies, and is able to explain them in a clear and compelling way. Throughout his career, Brett has interviewed some of the most influential business leaders and has covered major business events such as the World Economic Forum and the Davos. He is also a regular contributor to leading business publications and has won several awards for his work.