chinas baidu developing digital eyewear similar to google glass 2

Wed Apr 3, 2013 4:57am EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Baidu Inc (BIDU.O), China’s largest search engine, is developing prototype digital eyewear agnate to Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) Google Glass that will leverage Baidu’s strengths in angel search and facial recognition, a Baidu spokesman said on Wednesday.

Internally accepted as project “Baidu Eye”, the glasses are being tested internally and it is not ablaze whether the product will ever be commercialized, said Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s spokesman.

Kuo said the device will be mounted on a headset with a baby LCD screen and will acquiesce users to accomplish angel and articulation searches as able-bodied as conduct facial recognition matches.

“What you are doing with your camera, for archetype, captivating a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to beam if we accept a facial angel match, you could accomplish the selfsame affair with a wearable visual device,” Kuo said.

Baidu’s aboriginal foray in wearable technology will haul comparisons to Google’s Google Glass product, which is a piece of electronic eyewear that can alive-stream images and audio and perform computing tasks. Earlier this year Google launched the Google Glass Explorer program, opening up the eyewear for early enthusiasts to analysis.

Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass were premature as Baidu has not decided whether or not to commercialize the product.

“We haven’t decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial anatomy adapted any more, but we experiment with every affectionate of technology that is related to search,” Kuo said. Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.

Wearable technology is the latest technology initiative with abounding firms, including Google and Apple Inc (AAPL.O), set to roll out devices based on the acceptance that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being tethered to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

Apple is experimenting with a device agnate to a wristwatch that would operate on the selfsame platform as the iPhone and would be fabricated with curved glass, the Advanced York Times reported in February.

(Reporting by Melanie Shelter; Editing by Matt Driskill)

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