Despite what you might think of it as a product, Google Glass was always going to be highly influential, and it wouldn't be long before competing alternatives began to emerge.
We've already looked at several Google Glass alternatives, and the latest to jump on the bandwagon is Taiwanese company Oculon Optoelectronics with its own version of Google's glasses: Oculon Smart Glasses.
It may still be a prototype in terms of overall design, but the internals so far are pretty impressive and could threaten to deface Google's specs when it arrives.
The model tested contained a Cortex-A9 processor, a 720p HD display (although the prototype only worked at 640 x 480 resolution), a 5-megapixel camera, bone conduction speakers (opens in a new tab), and a 2100 mAh battery, which apparently lasts longer than Google. Glass.
It will also feature voice and gesture recognition when it starts up, along with some of the more obvious features like microphone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
We don't have any details on the resolution of Google Glass, but since Google recommends app developers build at 640 x 360, it's unlikely to be as good as what Oculon offers.
But it's the price that really grabs our attention right now. At €500 (around $320, AUS$525), the Oculon could make for a solid budget contender.
Google Glass Explorer Edition (the developer version aimed at early adopters right now) costs $1,500 (about $985, AU$1,449), which could be the main product turnoff.
On the other hand, there's no guarantee that the build quality will be great considering the lower price, so we wouldn't start labeling it the "Google Glass killer" anytime soon. But it looks good at least on paper for now.
And for those who don't feel like wandering around like some kind of sci-fi pirate, Oculon promises it'll also make a version with screens for both eyes. It's up to you, Google.
Via PORTABLE Magazine