updated 08:56 am EDT, Thu July 5, 2012
Olympus shows Google Glass challenger
Trying to push its accounting scandal behind it, Olympus has revealed an intriguing challenger to Google's Project Glass. The MEG4.0 is a glasses-mounted head-up display that uses Bluetooth connectivity to pair with smartphones. The glasses use an Olympus 'proprietary optical technology' to both display images as well as give the user a clear view of their surroundings.
The MEG4.0 also includes a built-in accelerometer and even GPS functionality. Olympus also says that it has been designed to offer real-world wearability by balancing its weight distribution - including battery, it weighs in at a reasonable 30 grams. Power consumption has also been optimized, although it still uses the older Bluetooth 2.1 specification. Still, Olympus says that it delivers around 8 hours of use per charge. The image projected onto the lens offers a QVGA 320x240 resolution.
Although Google has taken much of the spotlight with its high profile, Olympus has been testing prototypes of wearable computing since at least 2005. [via Akihabara News]