Brilliant Labs Frame is a pair of AI glasses and I believe this will be the future for iPhones.


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You can also find out more about the following: Apple Vision ProCustomers have been using the spatial computer for a few days now. Unfortunately, for this Vision Pro fan, the device isn’t available in Europe, so I’ll have to wait until I get my hands on it.

I think that the Vision Pro is extremely important at this point in history. Apple is preparing to enter the post-iPhone world, where AR glasses will first supplement the iPhone and then replace it. 

We’re also witnessing the dawn of AI, with companies already envisioning non-phone AI-first devices. Like the Humane Ai Pin, Rabbit r1Brilliant Labs Frame Glasses

The Frame, which is available for preordering for a fraction of the Vision Pro’s cost, is my favourite of the three. It brings an AR experience of personal AI, which is what I’ll want from the iPhone down the road, once Apple’s GPTs and the actual AR glasses are ready. Startups like Brilliant Labs are worth keeping on your radar until then.

The Frame glasses

The Frame fixes a problem with the Ai Pin (and the r1) to some extent. The Humane device is lacking a way to show things. A screen would do it, like the Rabbit r1’s. But you’ll need to buy another device if you want AI features.

Brilliant Labs has put AR to use in this way, by projecting AI features directly in front of the user. 

Frame AI glasses can translate what you hear and see in real time. Image source: Brilliant labs

The Frame looks like the pair of glasses Steve Jobs would wear, and it’s probably deliberate. Brilliant Labs, too, is a startup founded by former Apple staff. Apple has had a major influence on them. 

The Frame is a smart pair of glasses, unlike the glasses Jobs used to wear. The Frame might only weigh 39g but should provide a full day of battery life for AI features. The AI that powers Frame is called Noa and is a combination between several AI models.

The AI features

On top of that, there’s a front-facing camera that lets Noa see the world together with you so it can answer your questions. Noa is able to translate foreign language, explain what you see and need more information about, and even generate images for your eyes only. 

Noa will support multimodal AI tech with OpenAI’s GPT4 powering some of those features. OpenAI tech allows the AI to see the world and Whisper technology will allow it to translate in real time what you hear and see. Perplexity will allow you to search the web and find information about what you see. Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion will let the Frame generate imagery.

Frame AI can generate images and display them in AR.
Frame AI can create images and display in AR. Image source: BrilliantLabs

Noa can be downloaded on iPhone and Android. This gives a hint at how Frame works. You’ll connect the glasses to the handset to get this AR AI computing experience.

The Frame will display information through AR lenses with a micro-OLED panel on top. The tiny screen, which is bonded with the prism, displays images in a 20 degree diagonal field of vision. Frames can also support prescription lenses. 

The battery is in those cylindrical containers that are at the end. You recharge it via a “nose” that goes between the lenses, as seen in one of these images. As for the actual frame of the… Frame, we’re looking at nylon plastic.

Priced at $349The Frame will be available worldwide by mid-April. Brilliant Labs states that AI will initially be free of charge, subject to daily limits. After that, a subscription will be needed to use the AI features. 

Frame AI can look up products on the internet.
Frame AI can find products on the web. Image source: Brilliant labs

The Frame is only compatible with smartphones.

The software is open-source, something fans of Brilliant Labs’ other popular product might be familiar with. That’s the Monocle AR glasses that preceded the Frame. AI enthusiasts will have the opportunity to customize their experiences, as the company offers access to code and documents. 

I do have some concerns about the security and privacy issues surrounding these AI interactions, just as I did with other early AI products. Brilliant Labs doesn’t address privacy explicitly on its website. 

But it’s clear that all AI tasks do not happen on-device, since the Frame lacks a processor, unlike the Ai Pin and the r1. The Frame doesn’t have an operating system. Frame doesn’t do any data processing, and it doesn’t have an operating system. The Noa appThe Frame’s brain is the iPhone or Android device. The Frame will work with an iPhone or Android. This explains why the AI glasses are so light. 

A look at the various components inside the Frame AI glasses.
The Frame AI glasses. Brilliant Labs is the source of this image.

Also, while the Frame’s AR display is the product’s obvious advantage over the Humane Ai Pin and the Rabbit r1, it’s unclear whether Noa can handle more personal AI experiences like the ones Humane and Rabbit propose. Let me rephrase it.

Not even the Ai Pin can match the r1’s ability to interact with apps. But Humane’s AI hooks into various aspects of the user’s digital life. It can access data from emails and messages, as well as photos and videos. 

Apple, please bring me the AR glasses that I want.

Since I mentioned the future of the iPhone, I’d want Apple’s AR glasses to perform a variety of tasks, a mix and match between what the Ai Pin, r1, and Frame can offer. 

I’d like such a device to be able to understand the world like the Frame but also be a reliable assistant that can access personal data like the Ai Pin and perfrom in-app actions like the R1. That’s too much to ask for this point in time.

The fact that someone has made the Frame using the technology available today, is certainly inspiring.

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