Saturday 17 March 2018

Chinese firm Lenovo unveils Google Glass competitor

Matthew Sparkes

Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled its own prototype version of a wearable computer, which bears a striking resemblance to Google Glass.

Just as with Glass, it appears that a virtual screen is projected onto a small acrylic prism in front of the user’s right eye. It also has a similar, albeit it more bulky, unit on the right-hand arm of the glasses to house memory chips and processors.

The one key difference is that it includes a large battery pack that sits around the back of the wearer’s neck, connected to the device with a short blue wire.

Few specific details of the device have been released but Lenovo promised to make further announcements in October.

The product prototype is part of Lenovo’s NBD project to create a host of internet-connected devices such as smartphone-controlled air purifiers, fridges and toasters with the help of third-party manufactures.

This drive towards the Internet of Things will require help from other companies because the diversity of products makes research and development too large for one firm alone.

Chen Xudong, Lenovo's senior vice president, told PCWorld magazine: “Right now there are too many kinds of devices you can develop for the Internet of Things. It's too rich. Not one company can do it all."

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