Brilliant Labs – a Singapore-based startup funded by the creator of Pokemon Go – just released Framea $350 pair of non-prescription glasses powered by a multimodal AI assistant called Noa.
The company presents them as a reinvention of glasses for the AI era. They are blessed with many superpowers that allow them to process visual information, generate images, recognize and translate speech in real time, search the web, and more.
The company said they were designed as “a tribute” to the innovations and ideas of historic icons like John Lennon, Steve Jobs and Gandhi, all known for their circular glasses.
The glasses are powered by a series of AI models, including OpenAI GPT-4 and voice recognition technologies Whisper, Stability AI, Stable Diffusion and Perplexity, the company told Business Insider.
Brilliant Labs eventually plans to integrate AI models directly into the glasses, but for now they need to be paired with a smartphone app to work.
Frame is invited directly through a tap and speech to start the dialogue with Noa, Brilliant Labs co-founder and CEO Bobak Tavangar told BI. The glasses project visuals and information directly onto the lenses, so wearers can query them for information about almost anything they see or hear.
If you’re carrying Frame to the grocery store, for example, and want to know about a pint of raspberries, you can invite Frame to query the web for comparative prices at an online grocery store. Likewise, the glasses can query both available live web sources and GPT-4 for nutritional information, Tavangar said.
Frame is also completely open source. Design files, code and documentation are available on GitHub, so users have the flexibility to tweak and run the code they want on their device, the company said.
Tavangar hopes Frame will help humans have a healthier relationship with technology.
We are entering the era of embodied AI and Frame represents a big step in that direction, Tavangar told BI. Our aspiration has always been to create devices that foster understanding, empathy and connection so that this advent of intelligent computing is characterized more by true human well-being than what we have seen with the smartphone.
Frame joins a growing list of devices capitalizing on AI to lure people away from their smartphones. THE AI startup Humane launched a nearly $700 Ai Pin in November that combines voice control with AI to answer questions, summarize texts, translate languages and listen to music.
And at 0.39 grams, Frame could be a lighter, cheaper and more portable alternative to Buzzy Vision ProApple’s $3,500 mixed reality headset, which comes in at around 600 to 650 grams.
Frame is now available for pre-order on the Brilliant Labs website and will begin shipping in mid-April.