Image source: North

Lighter, sleeker, and more powerful Focals 2.0 to launch in 2020

Version 2.0 of Focals is set to launch next year. The augmented reality specs will be more discreet and they’ll offer a new 10x improved retinal display.

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The original specs were launched last spring. They come from Canadian-based startup called North which has received financial support from the likes of Amazon, Intel, Fidelity Capital and other venture capitalists. Even the Canadian government has chipped in through their Strategic Innovation Fund.

Looking like a traditional pair of specs, Focals feature a transparent, holographic display built into the lenses. It’s positioned in the line of sight and can only be seen by the wearer.

This allows them to do some nifty things such as display notifications, weather and reminders. You can even use them to help find your way around a city. Other features include voice to text, Alexa  and more.

The electronics are hidden away on the inside of the arms. Interestingly, everything is controlled via a finger-worn ring called Loop. This acts like a 4-way joystick that can also be pressed to click, allowing you to interact without lifting your hand.

Now we have news of Focals 2.0. The company has released a teaser image (shown above) on its blog page, and hinted the new and improved specs will land next year.

“Today, we‘re pushing to set new, more ambitious goals and announcing our next project: Focals 2.0.”, they write.

“Focals 2.0 are truly the most advanced smart glasses ever made. We’ve further miniaturized the technology that goes into Focals by 40%, making the glasses lighter, sleeker, and more powerful with a new 10x improved retinal display. Focals 2.0 will also offer a wider range of prescription support. No compromises to traditional eyewear.”

Not much else has been revealed but more info should soon be available. The company says they’ll be sending emails with sneak peeks, a closer look at the designs, and key dates.

The second generation certainly looks like it will offer lots of improvements. Let’s hope one of these is a lower price tag. The original specs come with a $1,000 price tag which, lets face it, put them out of reach of most customers.

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