Toshiba Glass smartglasses prototype spotted in Japan

Toshiba Glass prototype smartglasses
Toshiba Glass
An early version of Toshiba's answer to Google Glass has just been spotted at the CEATEC show in Japan, while the final product is expected to come out in 2015.
Codrut Nistor,

Google Glass has virtually all the features of an Android phone but delivers them in an entirely different manner and for a much higher price than high-end smartphones. On the other hand, the Toshiba Glass prototype promises to deliver only a bit more than a wearable display for the handset it connects to - and a price to match its limited functionality.

Toshiba Glass has been spotted at the CEATEC show in Japan and has the following highlights:

  • no battery and no wireless communication
  • displays content directly to the lens when connected to a smartphone via cable
  • depending on the connected handset, Toshiba Glass can display useful health data when working out, instructions when working in the field or directions when driving
  • less than 1.5 oz

According to Toshiba senior research scientist Yoshiyuki Kokojima, "We still don't know what wearable formats will be the most accepted in the future." If the price is right, Toshiba Glass may become an interesting alternative for Google Glass, although it offers far fewer features and needs to be connected to a smartphone via cable in order to work.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-10- 8 (Update: 2014-10- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.