If you’re not familiar with Google (GOOG) Glass, here’s a quick rundown.
It’s a device that you wear like normal glasses, and it performs functions similar to those you’d find on a smartphone. Only it all occurs in your field of vision.
The obvious benefit here is that it allows you to stay on top of your digital life, without being hunched over your phone or tablet all day long. So, as the developers of the project say, it “helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”
Although it’s a nice idea, we’re a bit more excited about less conspicuous wearable technology, like the wireless contact lenses Louis Basenese discussed over at Tech & Innovation Daily.
Still, that kind of innovation is a long way off. So in the meantime, there’s still room for competitors to steal Google’s thunder.
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That’s where Japanese startup Telepathy Inc. comes in.
The company has developed its own interactive headset, called Telepathy One. It’s very similar to Google Glass. Using wireless technology, the device’s attached camera will send live images of what the wearer is seeing, via their smartphone, to a recipient to view on their own device.
Telepathy One is slimmer in design, however. And since the gadget doesn’t cover as much of the eye as Google Glass, it can be used by people who are already wearing glasses or sunglasses.
The creator of the device, Takahito Iguchi, says, “It’s a very cool design that one can use in everyday life, it’s very fashionable. Also in terms of how it’s used – while there are functions like browsing, calculating, or searching, we think that connecting people and creating a better form of communication is more important.”
Perhaps most importantly, although neither company has announced official pricing for their devices, Iguchi says his product will cost less than Google Glass when it comes out.