It has been a while since wearable devices began appearing on the general street scene. While smartwatches and fitness trackers have diffused to some extent, wearable glasses need something more to further penetrate into the market. Blincam, a new wearable product from Japan, may well change this.
Blincam is a mini-camera that allows users to take a snapshot with an eyeblink. It can be mounted on conventional glasses and connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth to manage the photoshots. The device releases the shutter by detecting motion around the eye, working only with an intentional strong wink but not with a small natural one. Their sensing technology now has a patent pending.
The development of this device has started with Blincam founder and CEO Shota Takase’s intention to easily take snapshots of the natural facial expression of kids. His team has exhibited at several startup conferences, including The Bridge Fes back in February as well as Slush Asia 2016, while devoting themselves to product development.
The Alpha version of the product was at last made public with a campaign commenced on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake earlier this week, achieving the initial goal of 1 million yen (about $10,000) in less than a few hours after launch. The company will conduct a sample test and marketing in August, while also planning to exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in September (in San Francisco); these are to be followed by a Kickstarter campaign beginning in November.
Regarding the production lot for pre-orders received on the Makuake crowdfunding site at this time, they will start shipping the device in December, meanwhile introducing a mobile app for it. In 2017, they intend to make a shift to the mass-production phase after exhibiting at international showcase events like Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and South by Southwest (SXSW). After these, the company will launch sales at Amazon and electronics retail stores from next spring.
Translated by Masaru Ikeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy