Google Glass has a new serious rival and it’s called Toshiba Glass. When the Google Glass was first released it generated quite a sensation among tech lovers. When things settled down a bit and more and more people started to use it, the Glass received mixed reviews. Some thought it too obtrusive and it makes it difficult to have a conversation with somebody while having a pair of huge glasses in front of your face. It’s pretty hard to ignore that you look a cyborg from a sci-fi movie.
The new Toshiba Glass is trying to resolve this big issue and comes with a solution. Although the concept is the same, the reflectors of the Toshiba Glass are part of the lens inside the right eyepiece, which means that it doesn’t have a plastic cube dangling in front of the user’s face. When you’re not using the Toshiba Glass display it just looks like you’re wearing a normal pair of reading glasses. Toshiba Glass was revealed at the CEATEC 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
The creators demonstrated some of the Toshiba Glass features like a real-time displaying of the speed while riding a bicycle. Toshiba Glass has fewer features than Google’s Glass, and one of the important missing features is the camera. Also, Toshiba Glass must be connected to a smartphone at any time in order to function because it doesn’t have a battery or any other means of power sources. It doesn’t look very cool to be walking around with a cable hanging out of your smartphone but considering Goggle Glass’s short battery life, it’s not that bad.
Toshiba Glass has a simpler design than Google Glass which should lower its price. Google Glass costs $1,500 at the moment, while Toshiba Glass hasn’t got an official price yet. A Toshiba representative said that they probably won’t even sell the Toshiba Glass. Hopefully that won’t be the case because it really looks like it could be a serious competitor to Google Glass.
What do you think of Toshiba Glass so far? Have you tried Google Glass? What did you think of it?