Google Glass prototypes, released in May, work via voice recognition to execute tasks such as getting directions or translating words, with the information being displayed on a tiny screen in front of the right eye. The device, which can also take photos and video, is expected to go on sale before the end of the year.
The market for wearable tech — seen as the next generation of data-processing devices — is expected to grow, with Yano Research Institute predicting a market in the 100-million-unit range for watch-type devices and in the 10-million-unit range for eyeglass-type devices.
The device is designed to connect wirelessly with a user's smartphone to send and receive e-mails, display maps, and function as a music player. Olympus Corp. has been working since 2003 on the MEG, which attaches to glasses to show images and other information on a tiny 9-square-millimeter display that does not obstruct the wearer's field of vision.
QD Laser Inc., a start-up firm based in Kawasaki and capitalized in part by Fujitsu Ltd., has developed an image-projection device that sits inside the frame arm of a pair of eyeglasses. The device emits a laser that is reflected on a part of the lens, projecting the image directly onto the wearer's retina. The technology allows even people with poor vision to see clear images or enjoy videos. The company plans to have the device on the market by the end of fiscal 2015. “We want to sell it worldwide for less than the cost of a smartphone,” QD Laser President Mitsuru Sugawara said.
(Yomiuri Shimbun via ChinaPost)
See alsothis older article about the Google Glass rival from Japan.