There’s a new pair of smart glasses in town — and this time, they’re $349 framed glasses that are said to give you multimedia “AI superpowers.” The open-source glasses come from a startup called Brilliant Labs, which is touting Frame as a way to get AI translations, web searches, and visual analysis right before your eyes.
These Frame smart glasses promise “AI superpowers” for $349
As demonstrated in a video posted by Brilliant Labs, you can use your voice to ask the glasses to do things like identify the landmarks you’re looking at, search the web for a specific pair of sneakers you’re looking at, or even look up nutrition information for the food you’re about to eat. . The information appears as an overlay that appears directly on the lens.
The frame comes in three colors that you can pre-order now: black, gray, and clear. There’s also an option to add a prescription lens, but that raises the price to $448. The frame begins shipping on April 15.
Smart glasses aren’t a new concept, but none of them have really taken off. We’ve already seen several attempts at smart glasses, like North’s Focals, Bose’s audio augmented reality (AR) sunglasses, and most recently Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, which come with AI features that are still in use. In experimental phase. These particular glasses from Brilliant Labs look even more exciting, as they should be completely open source and hackable, giving users more freedom than we’ve seen so far.
The frame pairs with the Brilliant Labs app, called Noa. The app has an AI assistant that uses OpenAI for visual analysis, Whisper for translation, and Perplexity for web search. In an interview with Adventure winBrilliant Labs says Noa AI “learns and adapts to both the user and the tasks it receives.”
Although you can use Noa for free, it is “subject to a daily cap.” That’s why the startup plans to offer a paid tier through Noa, but there’s no information yet about the potential cost. You won’t have to pay to use the device on its own, though, as Brilliant Labs points out on its Discord channel that there’s “no paywall or subscription” and that you can freely use the glasses with other apps.
Brilliant Labs outlines Frame specifications on its Discord channel. The glasses feature a 640 x 400-pixel color OLED display that projects light through a prism in front of users’ eyes. It offers a diagonal field of view of about 20 degrees, which is on the small side for mixed or augmented reality headsets, especially compared to something like the 52 degrees you’ll get with Xreal’s new Air 2 Ultra design. This means that you will only see text or images inside a small box.
The frame also comes with a 1280 x 720 camera, a microphone, and a 222 mAh battery. It runs a custom Lua-based operating system that is “fully open source with very few dependencies,” and is powered by an nRF52840 Cortex-M4F CPU. Some of these specs, like the display, are the same ones Brilliant Labs uses in its other wearable device, called the Monocle, which it describes as a “pocket-sized augmented reality device for the imaginative hacker.”
The glasses also come with a ridiculous Mister Power charger (which gives the glasses a “nose” when plugged in) that provides fast charging and “all-day battery life.” It’s too early to tell how Frame will stack up against other smart glasses, like Ray-Ban’s $299 Meta glasses or Google’s troubled Glass endeavor. But at less than 40g, it will definitely feel lighter on your face than Apple’s Vision Pro at over 600g.