Google Glass, the Android-powered wearable device complete with a heads-up display (HUD) and a forward-facing camera, is inching ever closer to its projected early-2014 release. The device has taken the tech world by storm, as it will allow wearers to snap photos, get directions, send messages and more, without the need to whip out a smartphone.
Google isn’t the only company working on wearable-glasses technology, however. Several competitors have arisen with compelling products they hope will find a way to win the battle for the final wearable technology frontier: your face. Here are our top five challengers that could give Google Glass a run for its money.
Geared more toward outdoor enthusiasts, Recon Jet is a natural extension of the company's Alpine HUD Goggles. Unlike most other wearables, the Jet puts the display on the bottom-right side of the unit, which the company says results in a more natural position for the end user. The Jet automatically turns off the display when you look away, so it shouldn't obscure your line of vision. We were impressed with how easy it was to navigate the Jet with the optical button on the side of the display, and we also liked that it runs a more recent version of Android (4.2.2) and has a removable battery.