Video recording spy glasses coming to a face near you

June 9, 2011 by Katie Gatto, weblog

( -- ZionEyez, a Seattle-based startup, has created a pair of spy glasses that have the capability of recording and sharing HD video discreetly. The product in question, which has been named the Eyez video recording glasses, comes equipped with a 720p HD recording camera; microphone and 8 GB flash memory. The system has up to three hours of battery life and can share information tirelessly with both the Bluetooth and WiFi standards.

When users pair their special glasses with an or Android-based smartphone the system can transmit the video directly to the web. If users do not want to stream the video users can save the video and export it through a microUSB port that is hidden on the glasses.

The device is currently still in its prototype stage, and since the company has not chosen a final piece of hardware for the recording device, no sample of the quality of the is available at this time, though they do promise that the camera will be able to record in high definition, at 1280x720p.

Of course, the use of a device such as this one in the real world may raise some legal issues, depending on how it is used. A user on a public street may be fine, but inside someone’s home or recording and broadcasting a person without their consent could be a different issue completely.

Eyez HD Video Recording Glasses

When the glasses go on sale they will retail for $200. Users who take advantage of the current pre-order on Kickstarter will get a $50 discount on the price.

Explore further: Panasonic, Sony Developed New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format

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4.5 / 5 (2) Jun 09, 2011
This is the first glasses camera that I've ever heard of that can share information "tirelessly".

Snarkiness aside, this is a pretty neat product, and for not a bad price! :)
5 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2011
I predict a significant delay to market, increased asking price and a larger form factor. An organization who would make a press release before making hardware choices (and admit to it) doesn't sound particularly reality based.
not rated yet Jun 09, 2011
Perhaps the early press release is related to them attempting to gather funds through kickstarter?
5 / 5 (1) Jun 09, 2011
Excellent! I have been predicting for years that there will be a convergence of cell phone, media player, and camera system in an iGlasses type device. As for legal issues, everybody is going to need one eventually to defend themselves in court. The police started that need with their dash-cams used in court as evidence. It will also drive development of digital security and encryption against false or edited video, though what better to defend yourself against a falsified video of you, than to present the video record from your own recording and any other "witnesses".

Also I will totally need this to find where I put down my car keys.
not rated yet Jun 09, 2011
now we need croakies with a lithium booster battery
1 / 5 (2) Jun 10, 2011

When are they going to start building these socially positive cameras into men's shoes and American toilets?

Curious minds want to know.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 10, 2011
Can't wait for the implantable eye cams...
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 10, 2011
So that's the reason/source of BORG prostheses, self-defense from their tyrant. "I am Obowma BORG. Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated."

I carry, already, a 144 hour digital voice recorder. Will the cops as easily confiscate their victims' eyeglasses to prevent a record of their misdemeanors.
5 / 5 (1) Jun 10, 2011
So, If I understand, you can record or stream live. Having the ability to instantaneously upload the video elsewhere like a smart phone will be great. If the glasses are broken, or confiscated for some reason, the data will still be out there to tell the tale at a later time.

Hello, TSA are you watching? I WILL BE!

5 / 5 (1) Jun 10, 2011
The MPAA folks are going to have a conniption when they find out about this.
not rated yet Jun 10, 2011
While I agree DrGravitas, just like the RAA going ballistic; movies are so easy to steal now and have much better than cam resolutions with digital sound. The problem is, one copy leaks and it's over, it's going to anyone that wants one.
not rated yet Jun 12, 2011
There are already numerous made in China spy camera eyeglasses like these, although at 480P resolution. The addition of wi-fi and bluetooth is nice but easily rendered useless with pocket jammers, which you may expect to become standard police equipment soon...

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