Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a wearable Android device that is being seen as a challenger to Google Glass, will reportedly go on sale in early 2013.

The M100 includes a virtual display eyepiece, Wi Fi and Bluetooth connections, a camera and an integrated head tracker. While the M100 can connect to the internet and run apps on its own, Vuzix bills it as a device that “works in harmony with your smartphone to open up… existing and future applications such as texts, video, email, mapping, and audio”.

SlashGear reports that the M100 will be released early next year, although exact pricing and availability are yet to be revealed.

Vuzix CEO Paul J. Travers said the M100’s flexibility “is going to open up many amazing new solutions for our users from advanced HUD navigation applications to gaming”.  “Not only are Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 a great hands-free solution, but finally there is a platform that is designed specifically for the growing augmented reality markets,” he added.

Juniper predicts that the next generation wearable devices market, which includes smart glasses and other head-mounted displays, will be worth more than $1.5bn by 2014.