BaiduEye, while no Ironman HUD (heads-up display) is Baidu’s answer to Google Glass. It was first announced last year by the Chinese search giant, but there hasn’t been much news around it until today, when Baidu’s billionaire founder, Robin Li, introduced it at Baidu’s annual developers’ conference in Beijing.
BaiduEye is a camera-equipped device that wraps around the side of a user’s head. However, while Google Glass displays a tiny translucent screen over the user’s right eye, BaiduEye lacks a display. Instead it beams information to the user’s smartphone. This is based on a research that close proximity screens impair vision and causes fatique to the eyes, according to Li. It is not meant to be a display, but as an extension to your eye. With it you can use voice commands or gesture commands, like finger-circling an object in your field of vision to select it. This way you can identify real life objects and find products and information online.
Li expects to see voice and image-based search exceed text-based queries within five years, but didn’t mention any price or release date for BaiduEye.