Baidu Eye Vs Google Glass
By Bridget Sandorford. Posted on 18 April 2013
Not many people know of Baidu outside of China, as it is the biggest search engine there. However, many more people are about to learn the name, and it may even become a major brand here. Baidu is throwing its hat into the ring for the wearable device market, and it has announced that it is working on Baidu Eye, primed to be a contender for the much-hyped Google Glass.
The Baidu Eye -- not yet an official name for the project -- has only recently been announced, while Google Glass has been in development for some time and is primed to be released as early as the end of this year. In addition, the Baidu Eye may not even be sold commercially, so company officials are saying that it is too early to try to draw any comparisons -- yet draw comparisons we will.
At this stage, plans for the Baidu Eye are quite similar to Google Glass, with both being a wearable display on a pair of glasses. Google Glass creates augmented reality by streaming visuals and audio through the heads-up display. The Baidu Eye is expect to function in the same way while also allowing users to make image and voice searches (in Mandarin). The Baidu Eye is also expected to be able to perform facial recognition to find matches in its database.
Baidu is expected to offer an edge by integrating data from its huge search engine with third-party applications that can provide an enhanced user experience. For example, Baidu is said to have the most comprehensive data set of any location-based service, and it is expected to use this data in apps for real estate, travel and others.
Google Glass will be based on the Android platform, but it is not yet clear what operating system may be used for Baidu Eye. There is some speculation that the Baidu Eye will be developed on a system that allows for user-generated application development, just like the iTunes marketplace of the Google Play Store.
We'll be watching to learn more about the development of the Baidu Eye, particularly to find out whether the project will ever be promoted for a commercial audience. With such a heavy hitter behind the project, the Baidu Eye could become a real contender for Google Glass, helping to really promote the wearable technology market to bring it to the mainstream.
What do you think about the Baidu Eye? Do you think it could be a serious contender for Google Glass?
About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching culinary school in Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.
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