Toshiba Glass smartglasses prototype spotted in Japan
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.