Vuzix Corp. has signed a deal with Lenovo to launch the M100 Smart Glasses into China.
The wearable product offering will be co-branded as a Vuzix/Lenovo solution and will be marketed across China as part of Lenovo's New Business Development (NBD) brand. The "Vuzix 100 Smart Glasses powered by Lenovo NBD" will be marketed exclusively by Lenovo.
Vuzix will be the exclusive third party provider of smart glasses to Lenovo for the industrial and commercial markets in China. The deal also allows Vuzix to expand into other geographical markets and products.
Vuzix has worked with Lenovo and their development teams to create a new M100 Smart Glasses product offering specifically tailored for the Chinese marketplace with features which include Chinese language, voice recognition, mapping and numerous other domestic cloud based services.
The M100 uses Android 4.0.4 and a 1GHz dual-core processor and will first go on sale to developers for 8,000 yuan (US$1298) and is meant for business users. Lenovo will begin immediate marketing of the co-branded Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, with sales shipments commencing in early September and more broad based sales activities across China growing through the Fall of 2014.
Lenovo also showed off its own smart glasses prototype on Thursday, part of a push to attract developers and other hardware manufacturers to a new partner program.
The wearable device looks similar to Google Glass, but has its battery attached down at the user's necks.
The Chinese company said it would provide more details on the prototype in October.