While it may not threaten the future of Google Glass directly, Japanese entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi and his lean team of 8 people are in the process of developing Telepathy One, a wearable image-streaming device. What’s more, one of the first apps they used is one that will make you see the world through “manga eyes”.
Just like Google Glass, the user has to wear the device like eyeglasses, but this one has ear buds and there is an optically projected small screen in front of the eyes of the wearer, while a partner captures the images, using a cell phone app, that the user sees on the screen. The developers say that later on, the user can take photos and videos from the headset itself and then stream it to the cellphone app. Iguchi says that the main purpose of Telepathy One is for the user to be able to share to anyone they want what they are seeing, right at that moment, regardless of where they are right now.
The first app the device will use is the Manga Camera app, already a very popular app in Japan’s manga-crazy society. The pictures you take using the app through your mobile phone is then “manga-fied” onto your Telepathy One. So if you’ve always wanted to live in a manga world, this can be an alternative to that fantasy.
Iguchi said that devices like Google Glass and this early prototype of Telepathy One are needed to create an industry that people don’t know yet that they want. But once they are out there in the market already, they will probably buy them by the droves, just like when Apple came out with the iPod for the first time. The good news for techies is that the Telepathy One will definitely cost less than what Google Glass is currently offering to developers. So here’s hoping Iguchi and his guys can work out the current kinks and find more developers to work with them on completing this gadget, just so there’s more competition for this type of device.
[ via Gigaom ]