Ion Glasses offer a discrete first step into wearables


In a world where wearable devices are just emerging, albeit rapidly, is it too soon to start thinking about products that feel a little less intrusive?

Ion Glasses co-founder Santiago Ambit doesn’t think so. Ion’s Ray Ban-like glasses limit notifications to a small light that pulses in the frame when a text, calendar warning or other standard alert pops up on the wearer’s phone.


“Society is not prepared to wear (wearables like Google Glass),” Ambit said. “I think we need two or more years to wear these kinds of things. If you go to a meeting with your friends, all of your friends are messaging … with other people. It’s very frustrating. If the mobile phone is on your eyes, all the relationships change.”

The glasses are meant to be as unobtrusive as possible. The light, which can glow different colors depending on how you customize it in Ion’s companion app…

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