n. A pair of eyeglasses that includes many of the features of a personal computer, including Internet access, apps, a display, a camera, sensors, and antennae for technologies such as Wi-Fi and GPS.
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People are taking about wearables and connected vehicles, meaning that Korean firms are positioned to spur innovation in these industries. Companies are rolling out smartwatches and smartglasses. Without customized displays and chips, those advanced devices are meaningless.
—Kim Yoo-chul, “Samsung, LG lead innovation,” The Korea Times, January 12, 2014
Tony Fadell, ex-head of Apple's iPod division, said the concept was "the craziest thing" he worked on at the company and claimed to have made "a bunch" of prototypes well before Google took its smartglasses to market earlier this year.
—Ben Riley-Smith, “Apple 'has been developing iGlasses since 2006',” The Telegraph, September 24, 2013
1996 (earliest)
Media Lab PhD student Steve Mann walks around Boston with antenna in his hat that connects him to the Internet, smart glasses with miniature sensors and computer screen, smart shoes which monitor his walking and smart underwear with a built-in system for changing the temperature of a room.
—R. Chester, “Smart shows power undies,” Courier Mail, August 02, 1996