Olympus MEG4.0 – competitor of Google glasses
Olympus just announced a prototype of augmented reality glasses called MEG4.0. The concept of glasses is similar to Google glasses. MEG4.0 comes with 320×240 pixels display. The picture on the screen superimposed on the “world view” through the eyes of the owner of the device. Glasses weigh less than 30 grams. The screen of the devise is turning on only for fifteen seconds every three minutes displaying required information. In such economical mode glasses could work up to 8 hours without re-charging. MEG4.0 glasses come with accelerometer for managing the device by the movement of the head and detecting of the direction of the view. MEG4.0 glasses must be integrated with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth since they do not have built-in camera.
Google is also developing an augmented reality glasses. Unlike glasses by Olympus, Google Glasses are equipped with a camera and display the image on the screen continuously.
Google glasses sales expected to start in 2013 at a price of fifteen hundred dollars. At the beginning Google glasses should be available to software development companies only but after some time cheaper version of glasses should become available to others.
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