North announces Focals 2.0 smart glasses

North, the Waterloo-based consumer smart glasses company, announced today the second iteration of its stylish smart glasses: Focals 2.0. Consequently, the first generation of Focals smart glasses ceases production today, North added. Details

Published on: December 10th, 2019 Tom Li

North Focals review: an impressive and stylish try at smart glasses

North's Focals smart glasses is a respectable attempt at pioneering consumer-focused smart glasses. With a stylish design, it can actually sit on your face without making you look robotic. The projection display is

Published on: February 12th, 2019 Tom Li

How North fits the Focals smart glasses to your face

When I visited North’s Focal Toronto showroom in October, the store was still being fitted for opening. Even back then, its Focals smart glasses were already impressive. Now that the product is ready

Published on: January 31st, 2019 Tom Li

North reflects on retail lessons learned before expanding Focals locations in 2019

  At the Pepcom Digital Experience taking place during CES 2019, North co-founder Aaron Grant is approached by another smart glasses vendor, who extends a pair for him to try on. In an

Published on: January 21st, 2019 Brian Jackson

Waterloo-based North acquires Intel AR glasses patents

North, the company that designed the stylish Focals smart glasses, has acquired the patents from the now-defunct Intel Vaunt smartglasses. A quick comparison easily reveals how Intel's patents could benefit the Waterloo, Ont.-based

Published on: December 17th, 2018 Tom Li

North receives $24 million investment from Government of Canada

North, (formally Thalmic Labs), creator of Focals smartglasses has received a multi-million dollar investment from the Government of Canada, the same day it announced the opening of its first retail stores. Navdeep Bains, minister

Published on: November 14th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

North’s Focal smartglasses store officially opens

The North showroom has officially opened in downtown Toronto and Brooklyn, marking the public availability of its Focals smartglasses. North made a splash in the media last month when it first unveiled its Focals

Published on: November 14th, 2018 Tom Li

Hashtag Trending: Apple overpricing repairs; Amazon employees protest facial recognition software; Canadian-made smart glasses

Apple is accused of restricting and over estimating price of device repairs, Amazon employees are protesting the sale of facial recognition software and a Waterloo-based company creates smart glasses. First from Reddit: We

Published on: October 24th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Unboxing for Business: Focals by North (first look)

Thalmic Labs has rebranded itself and is now known as North. The company has also released a new pair of smart glasses and they'll be available at two locations; one at downtown Toronto

Published on: October 23rd, 2018 Tom Li