Lenovo challenges Google Glass with the C1 smart glasses.
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Lenovo has unveiled a prototype of its Google Glass competitor called the Lenovo C1. Lenovo announced the glasses in China and stated that they will run on the NBD platform. The glasses will look similar to Google Glass, but surprisingly the battery for the prototype is in a section worn around the neck.
The Lenovo C1 will feature a 5 MP built-in camera into the eyepiece, voice recognition and gesture control and a touchpad. Connectivity options included are WiFi and Bluetooth. The glasses come with 12GB of onboard storage which synchronizes with Lenovo's cloud services. Lenovo says that the glasses will be launched in October, although the company has not revealed the pricing of the wearable yet.
The glasses will support NBD platform that aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, R&D, manufacturing support and will even provide funding to third-party firms.
Lenovo has also partnered with German company called Luftmed which manufactures an affordable air purifier that can be controlled with a smartphone. Lenovo also announced that the company has partnered with Vuzix to launch M100 smart glasses in China. The M100 smart glasses run Android 4.0. and are powered by a 1GHz OMAP4460 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of expandable storage. Connectivity options included are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. The M100 will be launched in China on July 31st for 8,000 Yuan (Rs. 17,500 approx.).
Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its Gear Glass at the IFA 2014 event in September. The Gear Glass is expected to run on Samsung's Tizen OS and will come with a Bluetooth earpiece with a heads-up display. No other details have been revealed yet.
Microsoft has also filed a patent for augmented reality glasses. The glasses will be based on AR technology and may be used in future game development. The wearable will come with inbuilt camera, phone and sensors. According to reports Microsoft may launch the glasses as an Xbox accessory.
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