North, the company behind the Focals smart glasses, announced this week that it is updating its glasses to add new and much-needed features. What interests me the most is the company's, and as I pointed out as a feature that I would like to see in my previous review, the company added support for Spotify controls. Users can skip songs, see the title / artist of a track and adjust the volume of their connected listening device from the control ring that accompanies the glasses, called Loop.
The company is also implementing address updates that will provide the steps to follow for transit, as well as delays. Users can also share their ETA with contacts. Until now, Focals could only provide walking instructions or the ability to call an Uber. It does not provide driving instructions, probably because the Focals go out when they think a user is driving.
In addition, the company introduced a feature called "Rewind" that takes advantage of the built-in microphone of the glasses. The glasses capture voice notes, send them back to North's servers, which then process and transcribe them. Users will receive an email with their audio and text notes after they have been processed.
All these characteristics sound ingenious and are important for the survival of the company. When I checked the glasses in February, I specifically expressed the fact that they were not compatible with the transit instructions, something essential for a New Yorker, and that they did not allow the reproduction of music, a key reason why I often have to check my phone . .
I would be interested to see how well the traffic directions really detect delays, since at this moment I have to check the Twitter account of the New York City Metro to have an accurate idea of what is happening, as well as The limitations of music controls North says that some features may not be available for Spotify users who do not pay. But in general, these characteristics will increase the Focals experience, which is very necessary given that the company fired 150 employees in February, apparently in its manufacturing department.