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China's Baidu developing digital eyewear similar to Google Glass

Baidu, China's largest search engine, is developing a digital eyewear similar to Google's Glass that will leverage its strengths in image search and facial recognition.
The Straits Times - April 5, 2013
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China's Baidu developing digital eyewear similar to Google Glass

Baidu, China's largest search engine, is developing a digital eyewear similar to Google's Glass that will leverage its strengths in image search and facial recognition.

Internally known as project "Baidu Eye", the glasses are being tested internally, and it is not clear whether the product will ever be commercialised, said Mr Kaiser Kuo, Baidu's spokesman. The device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches, as well as conduct facial recognition matches.

Baidu's first foray in wearable technology will draw comparisons to Google's Glass, which is a piece of electronic eyewear that can live-stream images and audio and perform computing tasks. Earlier this year, Google launched the Google Glass Explorer program, opening up the eyewear for early enthusiasts to test.

Mr Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass are premature, as Baidu has yet to decide whether to commercialise the product.

"We haven't decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial form right now, but we experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search," he said.

Mr Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye, or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.

Wearable technology is the latest technology initiative with many firms, including Google and Apple, set to roll out devices based on the belief that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being tethered to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

Apple is experimenting with a device similar to a wristwatch that will operate on the same platform as the iPhone and will be made with curved glass, the New York Times reported in February.

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