Baidu developing eyewear to rival Google Glass

Google's biggest search engine rival in China, Baidu, has confirmed that it is working on a prototype for digital eyewear similar to Google Glass.

Google's biggest search engine rival in China, Baidu, has confirmed that it is working on a prototype for digital eyewear similar to Google Glass.

 
The project, called Baidu Eye, is being tested internally, but it is not yet clear if it will be made available for the public. It is likely that the success of Google's product will be a deciding factor in whether or not Eye enters production.
 
Kaiser Kuo, a spokesperson for Baidu, said that the eyewear could make use of Baidu's image search and facial recognition technology, where people can, for example, take pictures of celebrities and check against the Baidu database, all through a wearable visual device.
 
 Baidu developing eyewear to rival Google Glass
 
Baidu said the eyewear would feature a headset with a small LCD screen, with the capability of issuing voice commands and making facial recognition searches, largely mirroring the capabilities of Google Glass. However, Baidu said the comparison to Glass was “premature” at this stage, because it is not necessarily a product that will be commercialised.
 
Wearable computing is seen as the next big thing in the technology sector, and despite the somewhat gimmicky nature of many proposals so far, the major names are keen to get a slice of the action. Google's rival Apple is working on the iWatch, something that Samsung is also allegedly prototyping, and Baidu's entry into the market will likely be just one of many competitors to Glass.
 
Source: Reuters