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tooz DevKit Smart Glasses review: A smart look into the future?

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Image: tooz.com
(Post picture: © 2021 tooz.com)

Google Glass was Google's attempt to integrate glasses with a display into everyday life. This ProUnfortunately, the project failed at the time. Could 2021 be the year where smart glasses regain traction? TechnikNews put the tooz DevKit to the test.

tooz technologiesThis is the name of the company behind the tooz Smart Glasses DevKit, which I was able to test for you in everyday life for a few weeks. As the name “DevKit” might suggest, this is actually a version that developers can buy. They should be able to develop their own apps for the tooz platform.

Who is tooz?

tooz is a joint venture between Telekom and Zeiss; it operates as its own start-up. An alliance of two very large companies, which is not a bad thing. You develop your optics, which is also in this DevKit, in-house. This can be incorporated into virtually any shape of glasses.

Purpose of the tooz glasses

As already mentioned above, this is not final hardware because it is a DevKit.

The tooz DevKit glasses are very light and they feel like normal glasses when you wear them. In the right glass there is a small rectangle where the information is placed on it. The basic idea behind these glasses is to integrate discreet information into the field of vision.

tooz glasses front

Image: tooz.com

tooz Control App: The center of the tooz glasses

The tooz Control app, which is currently in Early Access, is the main point of contact for all of the glasses' functions and setting options. It also forwards all information to the OLED display, which is located in the right temple. The optical system then forwards this to the right lens. The features that are currently out there are meant more as food for thought for developers to bring their own apps to the platform. The glasses currently offer a weather app, a navigation app, and the function of displaying the latest news from popular social media apps proto get injected. You can also accept phone calls and call up current information using the Google Assistant.

tooz control app

Image: tooz.com

Conclusion: the future of smart glasses?

Let's come to my conclusion. After a good four weeks of active use, I have come to the conclusion that there is a lot of potential here. How do I get that? Very easily. The glasses may still be a bit clumsy on the frame at the moment, but this should change in the final consumer version, which should soon be celebrating its market launch. I'm definitely looking forward to the finale Product of tooz.

Since I tested the DevKit version here, I didn't go into every little detail, of course, because one or the other detail is in the finished version Proproduct can still change. As far as the functions are concerned, I also see a few possibilities: With Adidas Runtastic you definitely have a good partner. The DevKit costs 499 euros, which should also correspond to the consumer price in the end. Further information will also follow here in the blog as soon as tooz announces it.

I have confidence in this story - so one day I wish to go to the eyewear shop of my choice and buy glasses with tooz technology. The future definitely remains exciting.

Thanks to tooz for providing a DevKit for this review. 

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Dominic Lux

Dominik is 19 years old and very interested in new hardware in the smartphone as well as VR and AR area. He is very fond of writing articles on these subjects. He has a fable for the smartphone brand OPPO and mainly writes on the OPPOblog TechnikNews.

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Nils Faltin

I see a lot of potential in the area of ​​digital video-based step-by-step instructions that explain the operation of machines. Especially in the industrial workplace.