Japanese eyewear company Jin is poised to introduce new eyewear that will get to know you almost better than you know yourself. And the best part is, they won't turn you into a Glasshole; they look just like other stylish, high-end frames.
The brand's new Meme glasses are embedded with a monitoring system that tracks your level of fatigue and concentration, as well as how many calories you burn when you're working out.
Each pair is fitted with small metal electrooculography sensors that the company claims can keep tabs on your heart rate, how often you blink, and even your posture. You'll need to connect your frames to your phone (they work with the iPhone, Windows, and Android-powered phones), and then consult the Jins Meme app to see how alert you were at a given point in the day, or whether you're OK to get behind the wheel of a car.
"Until now, glasses have only been used to see the outside," said Jin's president Hitoshi Tanaka at a press conference in Tokyo earlier this month. "But now we can see what's going on inside the user."
Memes can be fitted with prescription lenses for optical frames or sunglasses. Unfortunately, they'll only be available to Japanese customers when they launch next spring, and there's no word yet on how long we'll have to wait before Google inevitably tries to buy the technology and fold it into Glass.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.