Toshiba prototype is an easier, lighter Google Glass rival… with a catch
Almost each tech firm needs in on the wearables recreation, however they can not all be Google Glass or Apple Watches — not that they have to be. However hey, this is Toshiba — and it is received a Toshiba Glass prototype to point out off. We’ll say this proper initially: this stays a reference product that the corporate’s displaying off at CEATEC in Japan this week. And sure, technical specifics (not to mention a worth) aren’t being mentioned but, however the imaginative and prescient for Toshiba’s eye-based mostly wearable prototype is a mild, predictable one. The hardware is the mixture of a tiny projector, hooked up to admittedly regular-wanting frames. Nevertheless, there’s truly a particular sort of one-sided reflective glass to catch the projection. The projection module itself is sort of cumbersome, however truly light-weight… which is nice, till you understand that this prototype requires a continuing wired connection to work.
In accordance with Toshiba, there is no computational element within the arm, which primarily consists of a tiny projector and never a lot else. There isn’t any digital camera, relatively Toshiba’s idea would act primarily as a notification system. The idea teaser (and accompanying projected pictures) provided glimpses of health tracker notifications, name reminders and a handful of enterprise-based mostly purposes level in the direction of safety and warehouse use. Toshiba’s New Enterprise Improvement Division’s Yuki Kaneko informed us that is a tool headed for B2B first: it is for different corporations that additionally need Toshiba’s system help and different enterprise-sort stuff… that we depart to different dustier tech publications.
Once we introduced up the inevitable Google Glass comparability, Kaneko-san was (surprisingly!) constructive concerning the ever-current wire, citing that it stored the load down by offloading not solely computing (and different frills like cameras), but in addition the battery. Battery life is thus depending on no matter gadget it is related to, leaving the wearable lighter and extra, properly, wearable. The actual system will seem subsequent yr, however shopper fashions for us mere muggles will possible be some time after that — for now, this can be a enterprise-centered wearable — which in all probability explains the “goggle version.” (Our phrases, not theirs.)
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