Turns out, the Glass-like prototype device that China's Baidu was reportedly working on was just one (very) believable April Fools' Day prank. Don't lose heart just yet, though. Baidu spokesperson Kaiser Kuo, in a statement to TechCrunch, said that they are working on an internal project – a small Internet test. Kuo however, stressed that they are not even sure whether it will be introduced to the market ever. Their concept of the Glass-like device is “based on an ocular interface and built with LED”. Kuo explained, “It’s all about visual search on images and voice command. These have been a part of science fiction since the Fifties but now they’re becoming reality.”
Kuo then moved on to clarify that unlike reports, they haven't zeroed in on any hardware vendors. He was quoted as saying, “I have not been invited to play with it.” He added, “We may go with it, but we may not, but it certainly fits with what we have been doing.”
Baidu Eye was an April Fools' Day prank
Sina English had reported that Baidu has developed a prototype for a wearable Internet tech just like Google Glass. The report went on add that according to some insiders (whom Sina.com did not name) the prototype device that was being tested is called Baidu Eye.
It added that Baidu Eye has features similar to Google's Glass – LCD display, voice-controlled image recognition and bone-sensing, to name a few. It would allow a user to control the functions of the device, like making calls and web searches, using his voice. It would also detect a user's gestures to capture and send photos. Among other details known at the moment, Sina English cited news site QQ.com as saying that Baidu, together with Qualcomm Inc., is working on using the latter's technology to increase the battery life of Baidu Eye to 12 hours.
It even went on to state that the company is developing the device on an open platform to allow developers to design apps for it. “Baidu plans to outsource manufacturing of the gadget, just as Google is expected to do for Google Glass by contracting with Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the longtime assembler of Apple's iPhones and iPads,” the report added.
The news piqued quite some interest among enthusiasts, for wearable Internet gadgetry seems to be the latest fad in tech town. Google Glass is touted as the future, the logical extension of Google's ultra-connected vision. In a recent YouTube video, Google demonstrated the many ways in which users can include the Google Glass in their daily lives. While we do know that the wearer can take pictures and share them, the video gives you a peek into a whole gamut of opportunities.
The video shows scenes and sights through the eyes (oops! the Google Glass) of the wearer, and while they go about doing things, they demonstrate the features of Google Glass. Like, you can instruct the Glass to click a picture of the scene in front of you or record a video, then if you choose, you can share that with a friend or a relative. The wearer has to say “take a picture” to instruct the Glass to take a picture.