Wearable Internet gadgetry seems to be the latest fad in tech town, and Google has someone trying to catch up with its Glass creation. Baidu Inc., China's hugely popular search engine, has developed a prototype for a wearable Internet tech just like Google Glass, as per a report on Sina English. Interestingly, some insiders (whom Sina.com did not name) said that the prototype of the device currently being tested is called Baidu Eye.
Here's the interesting bit: Reports suggest 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.
Developing a Glass-like prototype device – Baidu Eye
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,” says the report.
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.
If on a busy, traffic-ridden street, or anywhere else, the Google Glass can also give out route instructions to the wearer. Interestingly, the wearer can also participate in a Google Hangout, and this way his friends and relatives can enjoy the sights and scenery that the wearer is enjoying or be part of an important gathering, despite not being physically present.
The Google Glass wearer can also initiate Google searches if he comes across something interesting and wishes to know more.
Suppose you're in a foreign country and are unfamiliar with the local language, then the Glass can also translate your statement to the local language. The wearer can also send a voice message by speaking into the mic. The Glass also lets the more curious ones ask whatever's on their mind.