The problem with Google Glasses, says
Iguchi's augmented reality glasses, which aren't really glasses so much as a single piece of metal with a camera and a micro-projector, are called Telepathy One and, after unveiling them at South by South West in
It's a stripped down, simplified version of Google Glass. Whereas Glass is, he says, "an egotistical device" with a range of uses - you can surf the net, read emails, take photographs, do unspecified things with as yet unspecified apps, Telepathy will be "more of a communication device". Connected via Bluetooth to your phone, it will focus on real-time visual and audio sharing. You'll be able to post photos and videos from your line of vision on Facebook or send them as an email. Or see and speak to a floating video image of a friend.
"It will help bring you close to your friends and family. We are very focused on the communication and sharing possibilities," says Iguchi, who has worked in the Japanese tech industry for 20 years, most recently developing a location-based phone app called Sekai camera.
Of course, not everyone wants to get closer to the man in the futuristic headset, I point out. Iguchi shakes his head.
"I'm a visionary. I have a dream that people will understand other people. When I go to
It's possibly not everybody's dream that they will be filmed and streamed on to someone else's website before they've even said hello, but such is the hype surrounding Google Glass that, before launch, it has spawned half a dozen or so competitors. From Meta Space Glasses that have the retro sci-fi styling of RoboCop to GlassUp , which look like the kind of protective eyewear you got to wear with a lab coat in GCSE chemistry, to the Recon Jet, which seems to have taken the sensible approach of targeting the sorts of people inclined to spend a lot of money on flashy tech gear and who already have a track record of wearing ridiculous outfits: cyclists and other athletes. The
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