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Hot tech gear we want to own

AR smart glasses have been an im­por­tant piece of emerg­ing tech since Mi­crosoft in­tro­duced the Hololens, but the com­put­ing power and bulky tech­no­log­i­cal con­straints have meant that they never made it into the main­stream tech mar­ket. The re­cently re­leased Focals by North (for­merly Thalmic Labs) might just be sleek enough to change this. These chic spec­ta­cles will give you the time, weather, text mes­sages, cal­en­dar events, third party no­ti­fi­ca­tions and turn-by-turn direc­tions by con­nect­ing, via Blue­tooth, to your phone. The de­vice hasn’t in­te­grated any eye track­ing con­trols so you’ll have to wear the Loop ring wearable ring con­troller to in­ter­act with dig­i­tal con­tent, but you can also talk to it us­ing Alexa.

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