ION Glasses, the cheaper alternative to Google Glass

Credit: ION Glasses

If we were to tell you that there was a pair of specs out there that were every bit as smart as they were classically stylish, you might scoff at the idea. After all, Google Glass and most of its competitors aren't what you might call traditional looking. The ION Glasses, however, look like something right out of Hipster Monthly.

On top of looking like a respectable pair of glasses, the tech in this pair of specs is pretty legit. A Bluetooth 4.0 connection keeps your ION Glasses connected to your smartphone, funneling all manner of notifications to you via a colored indicator hidden in the right temple. Emails, texts, calendar reminders, and voice mail can each be assigned their own notification color, thanks to an app included in the glasses' purchase price.

Notifications, however, aren't the half of what these glasses can do. A pair of tiny buttons, also mounted in the right temple, can be used to control your smartphone by remote. You can take pictures, video, or voice recordings. That's James Bond level stuff right there. You can also use them to control you music player. There's even a homing beacon in the glasses that allows you to see where you left them from your smartphone.

With a battery life of up to a week, you won't have to worry about running out of charge during the day. Granted, the displayless ION Glasses aren't really a replacement for Google Glass, but for only $100, they're pretty darn close.

Via Indiegogo

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