Look out, Google Glass, you might have some competition.

Lumus is a manufacturer of heads-up displays (HUDs) for military uses such as fighter jet helmets. However, the company has an eye (get it?) for the consumer market as they recently unveiled the DK-40 dev kit. It looks very much like a sophisticated, upgraded version of Google Glass, complete with full frames and actual lenses.

The DK-40 gets rid of the separate glass that Google’s, ahem, Glass requires, in favour of something it is much more familiar with: a proper heads-up display. Using the entire lens, the device displays a 640 x 480 image on the lens in front of your eye. It also packs in a motion sensor and five-megapixel camera for those augmented reality games that are all the rage nowadays.

The DK-40 runs Android, so Google is still getting some play here, but the kit is still very much in development; we have no pricing or release date information outside of a promised CES 2014 showing. The company hopes to have units shipping to OEMs by the end of Q1 2014. In our eyes, a product like this either gets funded really quickly and has a great team behind it, or it fades away as quickly as it arrives. Given Lumus’s history with heads-up display technology, let’s hope they form the latter group.

We’ll see.

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Christopher Kalanderopoulos founded Eggplante in 2009 to cover one event in Los Angeles. It never occurred to him that it would make him the Editor of an online magazine for the next decade. He spends most of his time gaming, backing cool Kickstarter projects, and hanging out with his wicked cool nieces and nephews.

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