Apr 4, 2013

Baidu Launching Competing Google Glass Type Product

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China's biggest search engine, Baidu, is planning on launching a product similar to Google Glass that will leverage Baidu's image search and facial recognition.

From Yahoo News:

Internally known as project "Baidu Eye", the glasses are being tested internally and it is not clear 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 small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches. 
"What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device," Kuo said. 
Baidu's first foray in wearable technology will draw comparisons to Google's Google Glass product, which is a piece of electronic eyewear that can live-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 test. 
Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass were premature as Baidu has not decided whether or not to commercialize the product.
Apparently Apple is also trying to get into this new market with a wristwatch type device running iOS.

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