With “wearable technology” being touted as the gadgets of the future, Japanese companies have to step up their development of those items that have data processing capabilities as their competitors are soon set to enter the market. Samsung is expected to announce a watch-type device, while Google Glass has been gathering momentum prior to its consumer release.
The Yano Research Institute has predicted a 100-million-unit range for watch-type devices while eyeglass-type ones are expected to be in the 10-million-unit range. Samsung is rumored to be announcing their Galaxy Gear “smartwatch” this week at the IFA consumer electronics trade show while close competitor Apple Inc has already applied for the trademark registration for the name iWatch. Google Glass prototypes have been making the rounds already, with sales expected to begin by year’s end. So Japanese tech companies already have a lot of catching up to do with their competitors.
Sony is said to be releasing SmartWatch2 by next month, where the device will be connected wirelessly with the user’s smartphone for email capabilities, to display maps and to play music as well. Since 2003, Olympus Corp has been working on the MEG device which displays images and information on a nine-square-millimeter display on the user’s glasses, without obscuring his field of vision. Kawasaki-based start-up firm QD Laser Inc, partly funded by Fujitsu Ltd, has been already developed an image-projection device that will be placed in the frame arm of a pair of eyeglasses. It will emit a laser that will directly project the image on the user’s retina. It claims that even people with poor vision can see clearly the images or videos. QD Laser President Mitsuru Sugawara said they are planning to sell it for less than what a smartphone costs and they want to have it in the market by end of 2015. Let’s just hope one of the international tech companies don’t get ahead of them.
[ via Yomiuri ]