With Google unveiling its head-mounted Project Glass technology just a week ago, Olympus has taken the opportunity to swoop in and introduce its own futuristic set of specs, the MEG 4.0.
Although the MEG 4.0 prototype doesn't pack a camera – surprising, given it's made by Olympus – the glasses pack in a 320x240 QVGA resolution display, accelerometer and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The MEG 4.0 is designed to rely on your smartphone device for processing power – something that sets it apart from Google's Project Glass technology. As does the fact that it doesn't look like something out of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Olympus claims the MEG 4.0's display can be viewed without obscuring vision, and the current prototype can run for eight hours of on-and-off usage (just two hours with non-stop play).
There's no word as yet on when the MEG4.0 will hit store shelves – or how much it will cost when it does – but given that the first word was heard all the way back in 2005, we'll simply brand this with a big fat "watch this space". For now.
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