Having a wearable computer is something that people in my generation grew up assuming would become a reality. After all, popular movies like Back To The Future and lots of futuristic television shows promised us this and more. With Google Glass starting to be shipped out to contest winners this year, and tech-hungry consumers asking “How do I get Google glasses?” it looks like we may finally have our wish.
But hold on. It turns out that Google isn’t the only game in town. Japanese entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi, who has created several multimedia platforms, has developed his own wearable computer, the Telepathy One.
Recently unveiled in New York, Telepathy One features a wraparound headset with a small screen positioned in front of the user’s right eye, and ear buds to provide the user with audio. It uses Bluetooth to project what the wearer is looking at to viewers using a smartphone app, with input coming in on the screen. This futuristic video headset will also become integrated with various social media platforms, although details have not been made public yet.
Telepathy One is still in a prototype stage, although it is set to be released for sale this year at an undetermined price. Although this wearable computer has more appeal in some ways than it’s Google counterpart (for example, easier use for people who wear glasses), Iguchi says that his device is not meant to compete with Google, but will be used as another form of communication. It also still has its own bugs to be worked out; for example, if the user’s screen is not positioned in exactly the right place, the screen becomes impossible to see.
It’s not quite the flying skateboard that so many kids dreamed of growing up, but it is an idea that’s been featured in science fiction for years. And it looks like soon, having your own wearable computer is something that will be available for anyone to use.
Here’s the Telepathy One wearable computer in action at this years SXSW Interactive: