Pivothead SMART Looks like the Offspring of Google Glass and GoPro Hero3 Camera (Crowdfunding)

Pivothead SMART is a pair of smart glasses designed for action. It’s basically pacts GoPro Hero camera functionality into glasses, adding some of the smart features of Google Glass without the head-up display (HUD). As controlling the weight is quite important for comfort, the glasses are also modular, so you can just add features such as Wi-Fi or GPS via “SMART Mods” when you need it, and keep the glasses as light as possible during the rest of the time.

Pivothead-SMART

Instead of just listing the specifications of Pivothead SMART, I’ll show the comparison table with Google Glass and GoPro Hero3 Black provided on their Indiegogo page.

SYSTEMPivothead SMARTGoogle GlassGoPro Hero3 Black
Processor2x ARM Cortex A7 (w/ Mod)
(Probably Mediatek MT6572)
TI OMAP4460
ARM 2x Cortex A9 @ 1GHz
Ambarella A770
ARM11 @ 528 MHz
RAM4GB???1GB512MB RAM
Native Memory16GB (15.5 usable)16GB (12 usable)none
Modular DesignSMART Modsnono
Expandable MemoryUp to 32GB with Micro SD (with Mods)noUp to 64GB with Micro SD card.
HUD
(Heads Up Display)
LED LightguidePrism HUDnone. (viewfinder)
CONNECTIVITYPivothead SMART
Google GlassGoPro Hero3 Black
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 LEBluetooth 4.0 LEno
WifiYes (w/ Mods)YesYes
NFCYes (w/ Mods)nono
USBMicro USB / OTGMicro USBMini USB
Live StreamPivothead LIVE / RTSP | PAL | NTSC / 1080p (w/ Live Mod)Only via Google Hangouts / Motion JPG / 720p.Video preview only / HLS
Audio Out
In / Out 3.5mm stereo jack (w/ Air Mod)USB Mono Earbud / Bone ConductorNo
Voice InputMono 44.1 kHz mic (Eyewear)
In / Out 3.5mm stereo jack (Air Mod)
Microphone / Bone Conductormono 48 kHz mic, 3.5 mm mic input
GPS
Yes (w/ Air Mod)NoNo
VIDEO & IMAGINGPivothead SMART
Google GlassGoPro Hero3 Black
Image SensorSony 8MP CMOS
(3264 x 2448 pixels)
5MP
(2048 x 1510)
12MP
(4000 x 3000 pixels)
Max Video Resolution1080p @ 30fps720p @ 30fps1080p @ 60fps, [email protected] fps
Focus Modesauto / macro / fixedfixedfixed
Image Capture ModeStill / Burst / TimelapseStillStill / Burst /
Timelapse / Looping
BATTERY & CHARGINGPivothead SMART
Google GlassGoPro Hero3 Black
Replaceable Battery?Fuel Modnoyes
Continuous Full HD Video Recording180 mins
w/ single Fuel Mod
No Full HD
(~15 mins 720p)
120 Mins
Charging Methodmicro USB cablemicro USB cablemini USB cable
OTHER AWESOMENESSPivothead SMART
Google GlassGoPro Hero3 Black
Is it waterproof?Water-Resistant.nope.If inside a properly sealed case – yep.
Does it have an SDK?yep.yep.nope.
Will I look kinda silly wearing this on my face?nope. you’ll look amazing.yep. a little.definitely.

It does not quite have the camera specs of the GoPro Hero3, but recording options are still decent, and the other extra features, and the form factor makes it quite interesting. 4GB of RAM seems a ridiculous amount of memory for this type of system, and is probably a mistake and should read like 4Gb (512MB).

There will be 3 SMART mods at launch which attach to the tip of the glasses’ temples:

  • Fuel Mod –  1000 mAh Battery pack with LED Charge Indicator, and micro USB Charging Port. It can also be used to charge your phone.
  • Live Mod – 2.4GHz WiFi and micro SD storage for Live streaming Full HD videos. It also includes indicator LEDs.
  • Air Mod
    • Dual core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.3 Ghz (Mediatek MT6572?) running Android OS
    • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
    • Sensors – GPS, NFC, accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro.
    • Storage – micro SD card slot.
    • Audio – Built-in speakers, stereo audio in/out jack
    • MiscIndicator LEDs for power level and Wi-Fi strength, programmable via SDK

Pivothead_SMART_man_woman
One of the reasons I never wrote about Google Glass is because of the head-up display which could be too invasive. The weight of glasses, and others’ privacy invasion were also a concern to me, which means the product may never be successful. I’ll probably be proven wrong. Anyway, even though Pivorhead SMART does not address the later, it replaces the HUD with an “LED Light Guide” composed of ten small LEDs at the top of the glasses to indicate eyewear status (battery, memory, and operation), as well as recording status. The behavior of the LEDs will be customizable with the SDK.

There are two type of frames which are both prescription friendly:

  • Colfax – Photochromic lenses that are clear in the office or at night, and tinted in bright sunlight, half-jacket lens frame, and adjustable nose pads.
  • Teller – Polarized lenses, full jacket frame, and rubberized nose pads

The company will also provide desktop & mobile apps for respectively Windows/Linux PCs & Mac, as well as Android, Windows Mobile, and iOS. The apps will allow you to wirelessly configure your Pivothead SMART Eyewear, share live stream, share media to social networks (Facebook, Twitter, …), control the glasses remotely, and backup your media.

The Pivothead SDK will let developers create their own “SMART” apps. The SDK is currently being used to integrate the glasses with Omate TrueSmart smartwatch, and the SDK will help you design apps using gesture recognition, geolocation, site & object recognition, and QR & barcode recognition. You’ll eventually be able to find more details on SMART Developers’ page.

Pledges for the glasses start at $69 (NFC only), but the most popular pledge is for the full kit with the glasses and the 3 SMART mods selling for $409, plus $15 for international shipping. The project has about 2 more days to go, and has just been fully funded, partially thanks to a late funder who committed to purchase 60 pairs. Delivery is expected in April 2014.

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rasz_pl
rasz_pl
7 years ago

Mordeth13 is using current, record fullhd video model, so this company is legit
http://www.youtube.com/user/13mordeth/videos

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

“nope. you’ll look amazing.” and then the pictures 😉

Also somewhat comparable to Glassup: http://www.glassup.net/
which has a HUD, making it way more useful in my book (to the extent early adopter toys are ever useful…)

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