"This represents a major advance for us," said Vuzix CEO Paul Travers to Engadget. "It's the beginning of a whole new product category."
The idea behind Blade, according to Travers, should not be an enlarged reality headset such as Microsoft's HoloLens or Magic Leap. "We're not about whales jumping off floors," he said, referring to a well-known Magic Leap demo. "We consider AR, VR and mixed reality large and large computers that are completely different from the problem we are trying to solve."
Unfortunately, the magazine comes only in one style, at least for now. Vuzix offers a couple of customization options – you can add non-prescription lenses as well as various noseband f or better fit – but you're stuck in the overall style. Also, the blade is not particularly discreet: the reflective light in the center of the lens is a dead gift that you have on something unusual. The magazine certainly looks like a regular pair of glasses than Google's Glass did, but it's still far from anything I'd choose to wear.
Appearance aside, I admit that the Blade screen is impressive. While Google's headset swam a small projection in the corner of the eye, Blade has a full-color transparent screen that takes the center point of the right lens as it overlaps at the top of the real world. It can even be moved around and placed so that it fits in your field of vision.
Blade uses a proprietary operating system called Blade OS, which is based on Android. The launch interface is simple, with a number of shortcut icons on a bottom rail and a larger preview icon on the top. To navigate, use the touch pad on the right side of the glasses to swipe and press around.