Why Toshiba Glass could give Google Glass a run for its money?
Toshiba took CEATEC 2014 electronic trade show as a platform to unveil the prototype of its smart glass dubbed Toshiba Glass. The pair of smart glass is a display system that connects to the smartphone and lets you enjoy a range of visual content on an augmented reality display right in front of your eyes. Though, unlike the Google Glass, Toshiba Glass does not feature computing abilities, it’s going to give customers a much cheaper variant of smart glasses, which will connect to the smartphone and work as a chic display. Let’s read on to see what Toshiba Glass will offer, and how closely it competes with the Google Glass?
• A lightweight form factor
According to the information coming out of CEATEC, Toshiba Glass weighs only 42g. The feather weight glass features a small, lightweight projector built-in one of its arms very close to the lens (pretty similar to what we have seen on the Google Glass).
• Novel augmented reality-type display
The built-in projector assists in projecting visual content on the lens in order to provide users with a very unique augmented reality-style display.
Feature that differentiates Toshiba Glass display from Google Glass is that unlike the latter, which has a prism over the lens to reflect visual content onto the eye; Toshiba Glass has lenses that work as vertical prisms themselves. The prisms are invisible to the eye when you look straight into the lens, but they project image in front of the eye when projected from an angle.
• Wired Connectivity
Toshiba Glass connects to the smartphone with a cable; it has not gone wireless because a battery on board for the projector would increase weight of the glasses. No wireless connectivity? In the current technological scenario this may seem a downside, more so when Google Glass is completely wireless.
• Coming soon in various styles
Toshiba is likely to make the Glass available in three different style frames – sporty, standard and industrial. Toshiba Glass will be shipped early next year, first in Japan and North America only. There is no word on the price, but it goes without saying, it will be way cheaper than the $1500 Google Glass.
Image: Martyn Williams Source: PCWorld