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article imageVideo: ION glasses 'link your moments', made in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Sep 20, 2013 in Technology
Elche - Two Spanish entrepreneurs have come up with a Google Glass-style technology, with a "hipster fashion sensibility." The Bluetooth-driven ION glasses will interact with your smartphone or tablet and keep you up to date, wherever you are.
Two young Spaniards, Santiago Ambit and Ricardo Urias, have come up with their own augmented-reality glasses with a "hipster" or "gafapasta" design.
Their new Bluetooth-driven ION glasses will allow users to interact with their smartphone or tablet.
Even if your phone is in silent mode, hidden away in your pocket or your bag, if you receive a call, SMS or chat message, or even an update in your social networks or emails, ION will immediately and silently notify you. All you have to do is download the ION app, available in IOS and Android and choose how you want the light code to display.
The lenses also give the capacity to select music from an MP3 device close by and can remotely activate cameras and video cameras.
Two Spanish entrepreneurs have designed ION glasses to help you keep up to date with your incoming c...
Two Spanish entrepreneurs have designed ION glasses to help you keep up to date with your incoming calls, texts, and emails.
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The lenses of these 100 percent Spanish glasses are similar to Google Glass, but with a twist - a chip built into the mounting along with ultra-resistant properties makes them almost "unbreakable", according to Ambit. Reportedly they are made out of TR90 or plastic titanium.
To be exact, ION Glasses incorporate a Bluetooth 4.0 chip, a battery, a multi-color LED set, a buzzer and two buttons.
All these components are inserted into one of the frame temples and you will be the only one that knows it due to the design of the glasses.
In addition, you have a day version (with sun shading) and anti-theft and anti-loss options. But according to the designer its the hipster look that will provide the real allure of the technology.
"These are glass frames that you would have chosen to wear," say the pair in the video above.
According to El Economista (Spanish language), Ambit says, "The glasses help you to be more connected with technology. But the great value of the technology is to take it and feel comfortable because the technology is wearable."
Ambit and Urias hope to sell 2,000 pairs of the new ION glasses via crowdfunding on Indiegogo - then they can start mass production of the glasses.
There are various options and perks on the Indiegogo page to choose from, ranging from $79 for one ION Glasses frame and a free mobile app, right through to $3,499 for a full distributors pack.
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