Toshiba has unveiled a lighter Google Glass rival, the Toshiba Glass prototype, which may be launched next year.
Toshiba technologies showcased a wearable prototype namely Toshiba Glass at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) in Japan. Toshiba has managed to make the device lighter (42 grams approx.) than Google Glass as the eye mounted wearable has no computing power or battery of its own. The device can be mounted on any normal looking frame.
In essence the prototype which Toshiba unveiled is a tiny head mounted projector which projects the images coming through the connected device on a series of vertical prisms which reflect the light back to the eye to give the user an augmented reality display, whereas the Google Glass uses a prism over the lens to reflect the light on to the user’s eye.
The Toshiba prototype did not have its own computing power or a battery and here the device relies on the smartphone in your pocket to power itself via a cable. Toshiba says that including a battery and a computing arm to the device would make it heavier to wear. Apparently Google has managed to stack a battery as well as a computing arm on the Google Glass itself.
Toshiba did not announce any price or availability of the device but company representative mentioned to a website that the consumer version of the product could hit the market next year and will cost less than the Google Glass.