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Telepathy One to go up against Google Glass in the wearable computer market

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April 30, 2013

Takahito Iguchi's Telepathy One is a wearable computer headset that will compete with Goog...

Takahito Iguchi's Telepathy One is a wearable computer headset that will compete with Google Glass

While it still remains to be seen exactly how many people will be willing to get about town with a wearable computer strapped to their heads, the market looks set to be a competitive one. Google got the ball rolling with the announcement of Google Glass, then reports surfaced that Chinese search company Baidu and Microsoft were getting in on the act with their own devices. Now Japanese designer and self-described augmented reality entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi is throwing his hat into the ring with Telepathy One.

Unveiled in prototype form at South By Southwest (SXSW) – where Google Glass also made an appearance – and recently presented to the press in New York, the Telepathy One is a slim, lightweight number that wraps around the user’s head like a futuristic techno halo. The device is designed to connect to the wearer’s smartphone via Bluetooth to enable photos and video to be streamed from the phone to the unit's projection display, or from the device’s camera to the phone.

Although no technical specifications of the camera or projection display have been announced, Iguchi promises a distraction-free experience, thanks to the quality and size of the projected virtual display.

The first prototypes presented in New York were built by Yukai Engineering, which also builds the Necomimi, and featured Manga Camera, a photo editor that converts user’s photos into Japanese manga style cartoons that can then be posted to Tumblr.

Those in Silicon Valley in the next few days have a chance to check out the device during an event that will take place in Mount View, California. On May 6th, Telepathy will be hosting an ideathon at Hacker Dojo, a hackers’ platform for ideas exchange and for participants to opine on the future of Telepathy One and wearable devices in general. Attendees can also participate in a brainstorming session with the management team on potential applications that will allow users to integrate Telepathy One into their daily lives.

There's no word on a release date or pricing, but Iguchi says he is aiming for a significantly lower price than the US$1,500 that is being bandied about as a potential price for Google Glass, which is set to launch later in the year.

Source: Telepathy

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6 Comments

Have you been out of the house lately? Kids walk down the street eyes focused on their hand held out in front of them. Grownups wander around the supermarket talking to invisible people. And you don't know if anyone will want to strap this junk on their head?

Eddie
1st May, 2013 @ 05:23 am PDT

Glad to see more moves towards augmented reality. The photo leaves the impression that the device does not sit very securely though. Seems like jogging or other activity might cause it to shift. This also appears to be more or less just a display that links to another device instead of being a stand-alone device like Glass - which explains the price difference. The size of the portion in front of the eye also suggests a direct projection onto the retina since there is no room for a traditional display in the frame of the device which appears to be only about 8mm tall. More photos please!

BleedingEdge
1st May, 2013 @ 06:18 am PDT

My biggest question for all the manufactures of "intelligent glasses" is: are they smart enough to take care of Glasses Users? Will I be able to adjust the video/data-stream in the glasses of do I have to wear TWO pair of glasses??? Or, can I turn in a prescription for my glasses? A major issue with those of us that wear glasses.

Rick Yessayian
1st May, 2013 @ 12:56 pm PDT

Price wars soon if more companies jump into fray??

Stephen N Russell
1st May, 2013 @ 05:37 pm PDT

I am fascinated by the "Glass movement" as I call it. I think it most certainly has legs and I think the real early adoption ill come in the manufacturing/research/technical market followed (unfortunately from a privacy perspective) law enforcement.

People who do technical work on a medical/pharmaceutical/even surgical level would make great use of something that can provide instant feedback/help/assistance as they do what they are doing. The same holds true for all forms of engineering. The business driver would be large scale workforces whose productivity can be enhanced by instant answers to knowable scenarios. Maintenance crews on assembly lines, in shipyards, etc. by augmented reality technology for one example.

I could be totally wrong here but that is how I see this technology being adopted.

Joseph Boe
2nd May, 2013 @ 09:09 am PDT

Telepathy one is a great name but google start to release its apps. In this match, the main thing is apps I think.

Levent Aşkan
24th September, 2013 @ 03:02 am PDT
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