It might not have all the standalone features of Google Glass, but given that it will go on sale at $299, Glassup might just be some competition that Google wouldn't want in its way when Google Glass goes on retail sale. Google Glass was made available to select developers at $1500.
GlassUp runs on Android but cannot function as a standalone device and needs to be paired with a mobile device. Glassup, on its release with support Android and iOS devices and the developers expect to extend compatibility to Windows Phone devices.
The GlassUp eyeglasses report the incoming e-mails, text messages, tweets, Facebook updates, and other messages, for only a few instants, on the side of the field of view.
GlassUp only displays information and they are not actionable on the device itself. "It would be messy to try and manage the messages: to respond to a message you'll have to go back to your mobile, as usual," they say.
GlassUp has a 320x240 resolution display and also includes a set of lenses and mirrors. GlassUp doesn't come with a camera.
The wearable device will give a day of battery life and is chargeable via mini-USB.
GlassUp comes with a touchpad to let the user control some functions without having to draw out the phone.
The prototype device weighs 65 grams and the fist units are expected to ship early next year.