North Adds Spotify, Transit Functions to Focals
More than anything, receiving regular announcements from North that their Focal smart glasses will receive new features is supremely comforting to me. We’re still a few weeks away from receiving our review pair of the glasses, but it makes me feel confident that the company will continue to improve the user experience and add new features to these things that helps keep them fresh and current—which is exactly what you want to hear as you prepare to drop a good chunk of change on a piece of technology.
From the get go, these smart glasses set themselves apart based simply on the fact that they really do hide the technology. But, diving into the functionality of the glasses, North launched them with plenty of great features out of the box, including turn-by-turn walking directions, quick access to text messages, Amazon Alexa support, and more. Those experiences, as Head of Product Walter Hermsen explains in a recent blog post, were carefully chosen by the company so as to not overwhelm the user. Focals were meant to “give you access to your digital world without pulling you away from what’s in front of you,” he said.
But here we are, six months later, and North is gradually opening the glasses up to more test features and full-blown, ready-for-prime-time functionalities. The latest set added to the user experience include music control through Spotify Connect and transit updates aimed at making the morning and evening commute a breeze.