Are Focals the Smart Glasses You'll Finally Want to Wear?

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
October 23 2018
Lauren Goode (creator)
Stephen Lake (contributor)
North Inc. (contributor)
Marie Stipancik (contributor)
Jitesh Ubrani (contributor)
Paul Bernard (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Shortly after Stephen Lake's startup Thalmic Labs announced Myo, a gesture-control armband, in 2013, he and his co-founders, Matt Bailey and Aaron Grant, began to mess around with an early version of Google Glass. They tried pairing the smart glasses with the armband, seeing if there was a way to make the two work in concert. Instead of reaching up to swipe at the touchpad on the side of the glasses, you could gesture with your arm to respond to a notification that appeared before your right eye on Google Glass.

Lake and his team tinkered with other early prototypes of smart glasses, too, hoping to come up with some kind of interaction that flicked at the future of computing. The problem, they found, wasn’t in the communication method between human and lenses. The problem was that smart glasses freaked people out. They had overtly angular designs, obvious optical displays, or worse, built-in cameras.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Finger, Eye