Soon enough, wearable displays will fit seamlessly into our everyday eyewear. Kopin's new wearable computing system, the Pupil, is small enough to integrate into a generic pair of everyday eyeglasses.
Kopin's new reference design showcases the potential of its Pupil display module, but the model shown is just a prototype. The Pupil is essentially the complete opposite of Kopin's previous releases in the wearable display market. The Golden-i, for instance, consisted of a much more cumbersome setup that situated a display overtly in front of your eye.
The new prototype features a display module hidden just above the where the lens would sit in your standard pair of eyeglasses. Kopin stresses that the device is meant to be an all encompassing system, meaning its internal components, speakers and microphone would all be housed within the frames and chassis of the glasses. The display resolution is 428 x 240-pixels according to SlashGear, and unlike Google Glass the image isn't transparent since it's built into the top of the frame.
The user interface is simple and minimalistic, which suits the device's input methods well. Right now users can only interact with the prototype through voice commands, which is why the UI offers basic functions such as sending messages, making calls and performing searches.
Kopin's prototype certainly looks more like a regular pair of glasses than most wearable displays, but it isn't the only device of its kind. The Icis smart glasses, which are currently being funded on Indiegogo, look just like a pair of designer eyeglasses. There's no telling when the Icis or a device based on Kopin's design will launch, but it's an indicator that more natural-looking wearable displays could give Google Glass some stiff competition.