[Review] Is Specs Worth It?

Our worlds are full of technology, which can be a great thing, but it can also mean that our worlds are full of distractions.

In a world of notifications and instant messaging, it can be extremely hard to stay focused. The creators of Specs: the first productivity boosting smart glasses, have attempted to solve that problem.

In this article we’ll go over the Indiegogo campaign for Specs and provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

The Indiegogo Campaign by Auctify

The first flaw that I saw was that it appears that they make the security of Specs seem better than it is. They don’t store your info on a server.

So, they say it’s impossible for someone to get your information from the app without actually physically breaking into your phone and getting it.

However, anyone who’s adept at hacking cell phones doesn’t need to physically be in control of your phone to control it and get information from it. That’s why there are so many RFID phone products on the market now.

That doesn’t mean Specs are less secure than other products, this is just to say that their advertisement can seem a bit misleading. 

Our Analysis and Review

One of the features that they’re really playing up with Specs is their bone conduction speakers.

Bone conduction speakers and headphones are a really great idea for those with hearing problems or hearing aids. They don’t fit over the ears or inside them, and they don’t vibrate the ear drum, so those with hearing problems love them.

But if you like good audio quality, bone conduction speakers are not the way to go. Listening to music this way is convenient because it’s fairly hands-free, but it’s going to be a lackluster experience and audiophiles aren’t going to be satisfied with the sound quality at all. 

The Potential Shortcomings

There are several lens types available for Specs on this campaign.

For instance, there are non- prescription, non-prescription blue light blocking and tinted UV blocking lenses, as well as prescription and prescription progressive lenses.

But, say you want a prescription lens with UV or blue light blocking capabilities. Right now, that isn’t really an option. The creators have put in a sort of work-around for this.

If you select both the prescription and the non-prescription options and specify that you’re “stacking lenses”, they will manufacture you one set of lenses with all of the qualities you need.

The problem is that they don’t have the manufacturing process set up for anything more than the lens styles they’ve listed. They can do it, but it’s going to take longer, and they don’t specify how much longer it will take.

If you want something that’s not listed, it might actually be worth the wait, however. 

The campaign advertises in several places that Specs are available in both prescription and non-prescription strengths. But you have to really do a deep dive and read through the whole campaign to get details about this. You have to have insurance to completely cover the prescription lenses.

They’re more expensive than the non-prescription Specs by $100. That’s not any different than the prices for regular glasses, really. But, you have to read through the whole campaign to find the prices, and it would be really easy for some people to think they’re both the same price. 

Is the concept of Specs good or bad?

One of the major flaws that I find with Specs is one having to do with their concept. Procrastination can be a productivity- killer.

But, if you’ve got writer’s block or are having a hard time trying to solve a problem, stepping away from it for a bit and coming back with a fresh perspective can really help.

Eliminating procrastination altogether could very well remove some of the creative process and leave you producing a lower quality of work. So, relying on Specs to keep you on track all the time could be counterproductive. 

The first smart-glass ever?

They aren’t the first productivity-boosting smart-glasses, as they claim. Years before Specs were on the market, Vuzix here came out with their M100 and M300 smart glasses.

Productivity with them is boosted through voice commands and not having to use cell phones and tablets. Pictures and videos can also be taken right from the spectacles. They don’t alert you when you’re distracted like Specs do, but they do integrate with other apps, and there are many apps that are specifically for boosting productivity.

Wrap Up

So, do Specs really live up to the hype? It depends on if you really think you need the auditory reminder that you’re getting off track and need to focus.

Some people with severe ADHD could actually use them, and it might keep some people from abusing prescription drugs in order to simply focus. However, if you just want to be more productive, there are many different apps and extensions to help with that.