CHINESE SEARCH ENGINE Baidu has announced that it is working on its own version of Google Glass.
Called "Baidu Eye", the wearable technology product is only in the prototype phase but will compete with the US technology giant's Google Glass if it reaches production by allowing users to record images and access information over the internet via wearable lenses that display information that only the wearer can see.
When questioned by The Next Web, Baidu's director of international communications Kaiser Kuo said that the Chinese search engine is working on the project, though it's not necessarily for release in the market.
Like Google Glass, Kuo said Baidu Eye is an "ocular wearable interface" that uses sound and visual inputs. It will allow the wearer to take a photo of items that they see on the street or in shops to learn more about them.
However Kuo said that it will be different than Google Glass, which focuses more on search and information.
"Baidu understands that text is not always the best way to search," he said, pointing out that vision and sound are more natural ways to communicate.
Rumours indicate that Baidu Eye will have a small liquid crystal display, voice control, image recognition and an open API platform.
The Baidu Eye project was originally thought to be an April Fool's joke until Kuo confirmed the news. Kuo also dismissed some of the details reported by the Chinese media, which suggested that Qualcomm was involved in the production of the spectacles.
We have contacted the Chinese search engine outfit for more information about Baidu Eye. µ