Glasses with 720p HD video camera

Eyez is a massively oversubscribed Kickstarter project to develop and ship a 200g pair of glasses with a hidden 720p video-camera, mic, and 8GB of memory. The glasses are styled to resemble Wayfarers, and can record locally or stream via Bluetooth to a mobile phone. Kickstarter supporters can pre-order for $150; they'll retail for $200 when (and if) they ship.

Our engineering team at ZionEyez is currently developing Eyez, the latest innovation in personal video recording technology. Eyez embeds a 720p HD video camera within a pair of eyeglasses designed to record live video data. The recorded data can be stored on the 8GB of flash memory within the Eyez glasses, transferred via Bluetooth or Micro USB to a computer, or wirelessly transferred to most iPhone or Android devices. After a one-time download of the "Eyez" smartphone and tablet app, users can wirelessly broadcast the video in real time to their preferred social networking website.
Eyez by ZionEyez HD Video Recording Glasses for Facebook (via O'Reilly Radar)

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  1. I wouldn’t give them a dime until I saw how they plan to fit an 8GB NAND flash chip into the 8mm square temple piece. Those chips are bigger than that space!

  2. It’d be nice if they had the option for the USB plug to be on either the top or bottom, I’m really tall and people might see it. Also, seems that the huge logo would be a dead giveaway to people who are looking out for it.

  3. Ugh. Another Kickstarter project that going to make folks unhappy. I don’t understand the logic of some folks that bet on project that obviously have not been developed before the project starts.

    I thought the whole idea of Kickstarter was to get money from folks to product products that were ALREADY designed. I’ve already been in on 2 projects that seemed pretty easy to complete and that the people said was ready to go only to find out (after it closed of course) that whoops, we have a) too many subscribers to produce it the way we planned or b) we found some “problems” in the design and are now going to redesign.

    There has to be some fair way to balance the uncertainty of the project with the assurance that something is going to be provided in a timely manner.

  4. Any footage captured with these (where the wearer is moving around) will need to be put through a stabilising process afterwards. After Effects would do a good job – but it would be nice if the specs came with a module of software that took care of this.

  5. How about putting LCD screens on the inside of the lens for use by people with some types of vision impairments/blindness? i.e. glaucoma, etc.

    seems to be an overlooked possibility

  6. @dculberson Seconded, thought the same thing when I saw this first a week ago.
    @tim tech is neutral, unless it’s only use is negative.

  7. And as soon as a cop who knows what these are sees you looking at him, whether you’re recording or not, he’s gonna punch you right in the geeky face and then arrest you.

    1. Note the disclaimer on CC’s Light in the Box link: “You should be aware that we are obliged to provide the information in connection with your purchase of this product to relevant administrative and judicial authorities at their request.”

      I suppose a lesson you could take from this would be one that criminals have learned about guns: they can’t trace it to you as easily if you don’t buy it, so – steal it instead.

  8. On their site they call themselves a ‘social media’ company. What does that mean in this context?

  9. Can I get them with one green rectangular lens, one red circular one?

    I assume, though, that would get me a good bollocksing, not to mention get me kicked in the bollocks…

  10. I thought the same thing as many who have posted links to alternative products but none of those have bluetooth to live stream the vision being captured. THAT is the difference, and THAT is why these are unique.

    On their site they call themselves a ‘social media’ company. What does that mean in this context?

    ‘After a one-time download of the “Eyez” smartphone and tablet app, users can wirelessly broadcast the video in real time to their preferred social networking website.’

    Get it?

  11. What a genuinely TERRIBLE, terrible idea. Why in the world would you want to support MORE hidden surveillance, with more opportunities for abuse (locker rooms, schools, union meetings, concerts, movies, private meetings of any kind…). At least (and it is small comfort indeed) the fixed mount cameras we have now are visible, and we know they are there.

    When you think about this, you think, ‘social media’ with geeky wearers, however, anyone can buy these, including police and FBI. Including perverts at children’s venues, including government observers (check out the radicals you see at the meetings), including government informers in lands with repressive regimes (they can wear them to meetings of dissidents).

    You want to invent a technology I would pay money for? Design something that provides freedom FROM cameras. Something that disables all cameras in a given zone. Maybe something like that TV disabling remote, or an infrared emitter that masks images, or anything that would stop these damn things working!

    I remember a scene in David Brin’s ‘Earth’ where all senior citizens wore glasses like this, and instantly sent images to the police of any youth doing something they did not approve of. Tell me you really don’t want that kind of world.

  12. The people buying these are gonna be pretty disappointed when posters warning people about them start appearing at nude beaches and resorts.

  13. How fascinating!

    We love it when cameras are used to record cops doing bad things, but we don’t trust people not to use cameras for creepy/snitchy purposes either.

    I’m torn about this for those very reasons. On the one hand, I love the idea that people can record public servants doing evil things in public with less risk to themselves (Cops can TRY to arrest everyone, but they’ll fail. That’s not what I’m worried about). On the other hand, I do see the potential for abuse by people to do gross things.

    As for snitching? If what you’re doing is snitchworthy, you shouldn’t be doing it in a place where you are vulnerable to photography of any sort.

    1. I’m torn about this for those very reasons. On the one hand, I love the idea that people can record public servants doing evil things in public with less risk to themselves (Cops can TRY to arrest everyone, but they’ll fail. That’s not what I’m worried about). On the other hand, I do see the potential for abuse by people to do gross things.

      Such as? If you don’t want someone recording something, why would you be okay with them seeing it at all? I don’t want someone recording me going to the bathroom, but I don’t want them seeing me go to the bathroom either.

      Cameras get smaller and more ubiquitous daily. That’s a fact of reality and a trend no one is going to succeed in reversing. We can either all have access to them or leave them in the exclusive control of unaccountable authorities. If I’m in public, I’m in public. If I want privacy, I go somewhere private. If I’m being watched in public, I want a way to watch back. Better still, I want a triplicate redundant recording, wirelessly transmitted to secure storage, of every interaction I have with people I don’t know well enough to implicitly trust. That way if anything happens to me, I or my next of kin have a record of the events. We already record each other with our own memory. Cameras just have better recall.

      Why do people talk as if authorities are the only perpetrators of malice?

  14. I wouldnt mind a pair w/ interchangeable lenses w/ foam rimming for use on my motorcycle.

  15. Hi all, we all ready sell similar products at a much lower rate.
    We have 720P Video sunglasses available starting at $69.99
    Prescription model (Look almost the same as these, with 4g memory, 2 hour battery life are available by special order by emailing us, $109.99 plus shipping).

    http://www.videosunglasses.ca is the website, if you wish more details on the precription glasses (are not yet on the website)hit the email link top right corner.
    And please, check out our Facebook page, with video, products, Tech Tips (Notes section). Just hit the LIKE button on our webpage!

  16. Those look to me like dollar store sunglasses. I think it’s a cool concept but I’ve seen much better. These come in only one design which is a definite red flag. Also, stores who promise to sell quality HD glasses for super cheap prices are pushing pretty low quality stuff. It’s expensive to manufacture a quality pair of these. $300 USD per pair is reasonable.

    Take a look at http://www.hd-video-sunglasses.com for a more up to date view of what’s going on in this market.

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