These AI glasses are being backed by the Pokemon Go CEO

What you need to know

  • Brilliant Labs first pair of smart glasses, Frame, launches for $349 in April.
  • These glasses weigh only 39g and include a 3,000 nit single-eye display with custom prescription optics.
  • A multimodal AI is built in and connects to a front-facing spatial camera to enable LLM-powered machine vision.

A new pair of smart glasses is about to show up on the market, and they’re so good-looking that they’ve attracted the funding of John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic. That’s the company behind popular AR games like Pokemon Go, Monster Hunter Now, and Pikmin Bloom. Brilliant Labs’ Frame packs impressive technology into a pair of 39g glasses, which is the same weight as the average pair of prescription glasses.

The Frame is described as a pair of AI Glasses because it packs multimodal AI inside of its svelte design, giving you an AI assistant that’s available all day long. A 0.23-inch Sony MicroOLED display can be found inside one of the lenses, emitting 3,000 nits of brightness. Brilliant Labs tells me it doesn’t use PWM dimming on the display, either, meaning PWM-sensitive folks should have no trouble using it.

The single display is similar to Brilliant Labs’ first product, Monocle, which was recently showcased by AR “mad scientist” Lucas Rizzotto.

Frame is powered by a pair of batteries located at the end of the temple arms, and Frame comes in several different colors and styles. Brilliant Labs hasn’t provided battery life estimates at this time but sells a separate fast-charging battery pack called Mister Power that

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