Telepathy One: Japan’s Response to Google Glass
The Telepathy One is set to be released before Google Glass at the end of this year. Telepathy One is a wearable device that allows users to consume, share, enhance, photographs and videos. In aiming to be released before Google Glass, the Telepathy One hopes to acquire the historical status as being the first augmented reality device to be released for the mass market.
Inventor Takahito Iguchi explains that the Telepathy One will differ from Google glass in its focus on sharing media. Most other aspects of Telepathy One are rather similar to the Google Glass, including the overall design, where a projector is placed above the normal line of sight. Significantly, Telepathy One will be using regular ear buds unlike Google Glass’s much anticipated bone conduction technology for sound. This is done to keep the price down, although the Telepathy One still comes at a hefty price tag of $1500 USD .
First hand experience by users have given excellent reviews for this device. However, some have pointed out that the design might require small modifications to prevent it from moving around the head.
Personally, I am excited with all these augmented reality devices. Dreams of being Haruyuki in Accel World or Kirito from Sword Art Online aside, something as simple as an app to capture everything I see into manga is an otaku dream come true.