Singapore-based startup Brilliant Labs has announced its latest innovation in the field of augmented reality (AR) glasses. The company’s new product, called Frame, is equipped with a multimodal AI assistant called Noa. This exciting development has already attracted investment from John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the company behind the popular game Pokémon GO.
Although the exact amount of funding remains undisclosed, the investment from Hanke signifies the potential that Frame holds in the market. In a video demo, the glasses showcased their voice command capabilities and their ability to generate and project text-based answers onto the lenses. This means that users can simply ask Noa for information, and the glasses will display the relevant text right in front of their eyes.
Noa, the AI assistant, boasts several impressive AI models. These models allow it to perform a range of tasks such as visual processing, image generation, translation, and speech recognition. The lenses of Frame offer a resolution of 640 x 400, enabling users to enjoy videos and photos on the go. For example, users can ask Noa to check the online prices of products they are viewing, making shopping more convenient and immersive.
Brilliant Labs has plans to further enhance Frame by embedding lightweight machine-learning models directly into the glasses. This will eliminate the need for a smartphone to serve as a host, streamlining the user experience. Like Brilliant Labs’ previous product, Monocle, Frame is an open-source device known for its programmability and affordability.
Designed for everyday wear, Frame comes with prescription lenses. The glasses weigh a mere 39 grams and feature thick round frames made of nylon plastic. Starting today, Frame is available for pre-order at a retail price of $349. Shipping is expected to begin in April, allowing customers to experience the future of AR firsthand.
Brilliant Labs has established a strong track record in terms of funding. Prior to Hanke’s investment, the company had already raised $3 million from notable angel investors such as Brendan Iribe, Adam Cheyer, and Eric Migicovsky. With the inclusion of Hanke’s investment, Brilliant Labs’ total financing since its inception in 2019 now stands at an impressive $6 million.
As AR technology continues to evolve, Brilliant Labs’ Frame promises to be a game-changer. With its advanced AI assistant Noa, convenient voice command capabilities, and impressive display capabilities, these glasses are set to reshape the way we interact with the world around us.
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