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M100 Smart Glasses
Quick Start Guide
M100 Smart Glasses
Quick Start Guide
About your Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses
Congratulations on your purchase of the latest wearable display technology from Vuzix, the
M100 smart glasses. Vuzix M100 is the world's first enhanced "Hands Free" smartphone
display and communications system for on-the-go data access from your smartphone and
the Internet. Vuzix smart glasses offer a wearable visual connection directly to the Cloud,
through your smartphone or other compatible connected device, wherever you go. They
also operate standalone for those remote applications that don’t have access to the
This guide provides you with the information you need to get started with your M100 smart
glasses. For more information and additional support please visit Vuzix website or the Vuzix Developer Center at
M100 Smart Glasses Hardware Features
Blue and white LED indicators
Gesture, proximity and light
Select/Menu* button
Left/Back* button
Right/Home* button
Eyepiece arm
Eyepiece / display window
HD camera
Camera recording indicator
*Long Press
M100 smart glasses - front view
FCC and product label
Universal mount
Micro USB connector
Micro SD card slot
Sleep/Power* button
Eyepiece arm
Eyepiece display window
*Long Press
M100 smart glasses - back view
Setting up your M100
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Charging the M100 smart glasses
Before turning on your smart glasses for the first time charge it fully.
Connect the charge cable to the micro USB connector at the end of the M100. Use a
standard USB charger and plug the USB cable into its USB connector. Plug the charger
into a standard AC wall outlet or if you are using USB from your computer, turn your
computer on. The M100 turns on and indicates its charge state with the white LED flashing
if charging. When charging is complete the white LED will be remain solid if the M100 is
turned on.
M100 LED indicators
White LED:
- If the M100 is powered on while connected to an external power source the white LED
will remain solid when the M100 is fully charged.
o If the M100 is powered on, the user can fully operate the device even when it is
connected to an external power source.
- If the M100 is powered off, while connected to an external power source, and has a very
low battery, the white LED flashes 3 times every 5 seconds until it is able to regain some
o Once the battery is charged enough the white LED will flash once every 2
seconds while it is plugged in and charging.
o When the battery is fully charged the white LED will stay solidly on.
o Pressing the power button while looking into the display shows a battery charge
indicator for how full the battery is.
- If the M100 is powered off and not connected to an external charger, there are no LEDs
Blue LED:
- The blue LED is used for miscellaneous alerts and notifications
How to wear your M100
The M100 has a universal mount built into the main body and is designed around the
audio speaker. This mount will connect too many different head worn options. The M100
ships two mounting options; an “over the head” mounting option and a “safety glasses”
mounting option.
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Safety Glasses Mounting
The M100 safety glasses mount can be used for either left or right eye operation.
Slide the bracket onto your preferred left or right arm (or temple) of the safety glasses
as shown below:
When attaching the M100 to the adapter, place the flexible arm in the front portion of
the adapter (2) before snapping the earpiece into the universal mount socket (1).
The arm tilt of the safety glasses is adjustable (as indicated in the below picture). Most
users find that the M100 is in the best position when both arms have been adjusted
down to the lowest setting, and the M100 is positioned higher in your line of sight.
Please make sure that both arms are in approximately the same position, to ensure
that the M100 is level, and comfortable.
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Over the Head Mounting
To assemble the over the head mounting option to the M100, push the head band
mounting ring (4) onto the universal mount (3) on the main body of the M100. This will
require a fair amount of force as this is a tight fitting connection. Once secured, the ear bud
(5) is then slid onto the ring edge on the outside rim of the mounting arm (4).
M100 smart glasses - headband mount
Head band
Main body of M100 smart glasses
Universal mount
Mounting ring with integrated ear bud option
Ear bud
Congratulations, your smart glasses are now ready to be adjusted to fit your specifications.
Fitting your M100
Now that your smart glasses are assembled you can begin fitting them to your particular
needs. There are many adjustments that can be made to get the best performance and
fitting for each user. Your M100 has been designed to work with or without glasses and can
accommodate either left or right eye users. This section describes all of the adjustments
available to accommodate this and the varied ergonomics of different users from around
the world.
As can be seen in the figure below, the ear bud can be rotated anywhere in a 360 degree
circle about the mount ring of the headband adjusting the offset of the M100 body around
the users ear canal. The headband also itself retracts and expands into the mounting arm,
adjusting for different head sizes.
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Earbud rotation and headband retraction
As shown below, the entire headband also rotates around the universal mount that will
allow for different positions of the headband over the users head. This movement also
allows the eye piece to be positioned up and down in the user’s field of vision.
Eyepiece tilt
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Once the headband has been optimally adjusted, we turn our attention to the eyepiece. As
shown above, the eyepiece can be tilted towards the eye by as much as plus or minus 15
degrees from center. This allows for the optimum placement of the display eye piece in
your vision field from low near the cheek to high near the eyebrow while allowing the
eyepiece to be tilted towards the user’s eye.
Eyepiece arm adjustment
The adjustability of the eyepiece arm has been designed to accommodate users with or
without prescription eyeglasses. To accommodate this and to place the eyepiece left to
right in front of the user, the eyepiece arm bends as shown and slides in and out of the
M100 body. These adjustments allow the eyepiece to be positioned comfortably in front of
the user’s eye even while using prescription glasses.
It is important to note that there is no focus adjustment required for the M100. The M100’s
optics have been designed so that the image appears, from a focus perspective, to be
about 10 feet away. For this reason only users that need glasses for distance vision will
need their glasses while using the M100. Users with presbyopia, or that need reading
glasses, will not need them to operate the M100.
Left / Right eye configuration
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It is well known that users have an eye preference that is tied to their eye dominance. For
this reason, the M100 is designed for either left or right eye use. To use the M100 on either
eye, simply rotate the body of the M100 180 degrees around the headband arm mount. The
display, camera, and other functions will automatically flip to accommodate this change.
Turning your smart glasses on and off
To turn the smart glasses on, press and hold the power/home button until the LEDs (white
and blue) flash on for 2 seconds.
To turn the smart glasses off,
a) Hold the power button until the Power Menu appears
b) Press the Right button to select the Power Off option
c) Press the Select button to power off
The first time the smart glasses are switched on they are in paring mode and ready to be
paired with your partner device or smart phone.
M100 Smart Glasses Manager (For your smartphone)
Installing the M100 Smart Glasses Manager app
To install the Manager download the APK from the following website:
Download the Manager app to your phone and then select it from the “downloads” directory
to install it. Or, push the manager to your phone using the Android developer tools or one of
the many APK side-loading tools.
Note: The smart glasses Manager app will soon be available for download from the Vuzix
app store.
Launching the M100 manager
From within your smartphone’s application page tap the Smart Glasses
Manager icon
If the M100 has been paired with your smart phone it will automatically
sync with your phone and the desktop will appear on your phones
display screen. See more information below
The screenshots in this document represent the layout on a 7” tablet running Android
version 4.1.1. If your device has a different screen size or resolution these images may not
be exactly representative of what you will see, but the layout should be very similar on all
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devices. The Smart Glasses Manager app will only run on Android versions 2.3.3
(Gingerbread) or newer.
The Smart Glasses Manager app runs in portrait mode only.
After running the application you must pair it first to your M100 to start using it.
Connecting an M100 to a Bluetooth-capable phone or tablet within the Manager app
The M100 is shipped with Bluetooth enabled by default to make the pairing process easier.
The M100 will be discoverable continuously until it is paired with a device. After a device
has been paired to the M100, a user can make the M100 discoverable again by holding the
M100’s Back/Select button.
Ensure the M100 is currently discoverable by holding the Back button until you
see a message on the M100 screen saying it is in discoverable mode. If the
M100 is not discoverable, this will read “Entering discoverable mode for 300s”. If
the M100 was already discoverable this message will read “Already in
discoverable mode”.
On the phone/tablet, search for the M100 and initiate the pairing process as
normal. (see Pairing the M100 to the smartphone for more details)
Accept the pairing on the phone/tablet.
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Use the front two buttons on the M100 to navigate the dialog and accept the
pairing request by pressing the rear button.
The phone/tablet should now be able to see the paired M100 in the Smart
Glasses Manager app.
Now that your phone is paired to your M100 you will need to connect the Smart Glasses
Manager to your M100. This is required so that you can connect multiple M100’s to your
Connecting the Smart Glasses Manager to an M100
Open the menu in the Smart Glasses Manager app.
Select the option to “Connect to a device”. A list of paired devices will open.
Select a paired M100 from the list to start connecting. To connect to an unpaired
M100, the M100 must be in discoverable mode. Press the “Scan for devices”
button to generate a list of unpaired discoverable devices. Select an M100 from
this list to start connecting
Note: that the last four digits of the M100 serial number (on the back of the
M100) will match the last four digits of the m100’s mac address, 5C:5A above
If the connection was successful you should see the connection text disappear
from the app mirror and a “Toast” will indicate that the connection was
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To disconnect from this M100, open the menu and select “Disconnect from
device”. This option will only be available if an M100 is currently connected to the
If the Bluetooth connection is disrupted for some reason, the Smart Glasses Manager app
will attempt to reconnect to the paired M100 every 10 seconds for up to 2 minutes. This
process can be interrupted by manually reconnecting through the option menu.
M100 App Mirror
The uppermost view in the Smart Glasses Manager app serves as a mirror of the
application launcher on the M100. When no M100 is connected this view will be overlaid by
a dark image that reads “Not Connected To A Device”. Upon connecting to an M100 this
image will disappear and the mirrored view will be unobstructed. When an M100 is first
connected the Smart Glasses Manager will automatically sync with the connected M100’s
installed apps.
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To refresh the view with the list of launchable applications on the M100, press the button
labeled “SYNC” in the lower right of the application. This will initiate the synchronization
process and tell the M100 to send information about its apps to the phone/tablet.
The mirror window will scroll up and down through all of the Apps on the M100. Once the
apps are listed in this view, pressing one of them will launch that app on the M100.
Navigation Keys
The Smart Glasses Manager contains two buttons for moving up and down on the M100
screen. These buttons emulate D-Pad up and down keys, allowing users to navigate lists
more easily.
Pressing either the keyboard button or the text field in the center of the Smart Glasses
Manager app can raise the keyboard. This keyboard will send raw keystrokes to the M100.
The keyboard has four states, each with different keys.
The large dark gray rectangle serves as a touchpad that sends mouse events to the M100.
The large rectangular button on the lower left of the Smart Glasses Manager app can be
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used as a left mouse button.
Clicking and dragging using this button is currently only supported on Android 4.0 and
newer. Tapping the touchpad will also act as a left mouse click.
M100 Buttons
The three square buttons in the bottom-center of the screen are courtesy buttons for M100
functions. The left button (with the image of a curving arrow) serves as a Back button. The
center button (with the image of a house) serves as a Home button to return the user to the
home screen. The right button (with the image of a gear) serves as a Menu button.
Tab Bar
The black bar at the bottom of the screen, with four square icons, is used to select different
pages of the Smart Glasses Manager app. The shown icons are reserved for functionality
like the app store that is soon to be released for the M100.
Pairing the M100 to the smartphone
The first time the smart glasses are switched on, they default to pairing mode with a partner
device. If the M100 are already paired, your Home desktop page is displayed. To pair your
M100 to your smart phone follow the below procedure:
Activate Bluetooth on your Smart phone
a) From the desktop, press the Applications button to open the App List.
b) Navigate to the Settings app and tap it to open it.
c) Tap the “Bluetooth” list item in the Wireless & Networks section to open the
Bluetooth Settings page.
d) Tap “Search For Devices” to begin scanning for discoverable Bluetooth
Tap Scan to start Searching.
Tap M100 to pair it with your phone
Once you see the Pairing Complete message, touch home to exit.
Wi-Fi Connection with your M100
Using your smart phone Manager app to control the M100 proceed as follows.
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Using the buttons on the M100, scroll down and select the Setting icon, You
can also use the Manager app to slide to the settings app and select it
through the phone.
Use the mouse from the smartphone manager to select Wi-Fi and turn the
toggle or button to “On.”
The device will display all of the networks in range.
When you see your network’s name, select it, enter your password using
the phones Manager app and hit “Connect.”
You are now connected to a Wi-Fi network.
How to navigate and run applications
The M100 smart glasses have several user interface modes you can employ to navigate
and run applications. The M100 can be used standalone with the hardware buttons and
through the gesture engine. The M100 can also be controlled through the application
manager, or by other third party connected device like keyboards, mice and other human
interface devices. Finally, the M100 can also be controlled remotely under software control
from the cloud.
Hardware and Gesture Engine*
The M100 smart glasses have a built in gesture sensor
that looks out from the body of the smart glasses into the
real world. This sensor is always on so if the M100 is
sleeping when it detects a motion past the front of the
sensor the M100 wakes up in preparation for action. The
sensor recognizes hand/finger motions forward and back,
up and down, and in and out. These functions have been
mapped to the Android OS to allow the basic D pad
functions enabling motion around the desktop and selecting applications to execute.
*The gesture engine has not been enabled in this build of the M100 OS. Please visit the
Vuzix website periodically for updates as this functionality is enabled.
Physical buttons on the M100
The four physical buttons on the M100 can also be used to interface with the M100. At the
desktop the top three buttons are used for navigation as follows:
The first button is the select button if single pressed and if pressed and held is
the menu button
The second button moves left if single pressed and if pressed and held is the
back button
The third button moves right if single pressed and if pressed and held is the
home button.
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Any given application can remap these buttons as desired
The bottom button is the power button as described earlier.
M100 Smart Glasses Manager
The M100 application manager not only helps to manage your applications on the M100
and is the tool for updating and loading new applications onto your M100, it is also a user
interface to the M100 with a keyboard and mouse implementation. See above for more
PowerPak 3800
Because Vuzix anticipates that Enterprise users will
want to perform heavy duty tasks with longer running
time applications, the M100 comes equipped with a
3800 mAh battery that can extends its run time 6.5 times
that of the base battery in the M100. Please ensure to
fully charge the PowerPak 3800 before using it.
The battery is connected to the M100 through a light weight USB cable. The cable that
ships with the M100 is designed for right eye dominant users (although it can be used for
either). Custom left eye cables will be available on the Vuzix web site.
Power out to the M100 Smart Glasses
Multifunction LED light
a. Press Power for 2 seconds to turn on and off
b. Press twice for flashing
Micro USB input for charging
Power on/off
Charge level
a. Press Power once to activate
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RF Statement
M100 smart glasses have been tested and meet applicable limits for Radio Frequency (RF)
exposure. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) refers to the rate at which the body absorbs RF
energy. SAR limits are 1.6 Watts per kilogram (over a volume containing a mass of 1 gram
of tissue) in countries that follow the United States FCC limit and 2.0 W/kg (averaged over
10 grams of tissue) in countries that follow the Council of the European Union limit. During
testing, M100 radios are set to their highest transmission levels and placed in positions that
simulate use against the head. To reduce exposure to RF energy, use the M100 without
Wi-Fi connectivity turned on where possible. Cases with metal parts may change the RF
performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a
manner that has not been tested or certified. The transmit range for Wi-Fi and BTLE are
2412 - 2462 MHz and 2402 – 2480 MHz respectively. The max SAR is 0.374 mW/g.
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