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Google Glass Gets Competition: What the OmniGlass Offers

Google Glass is the most prominent name in optical wearable tech, but it's not the only one. Today (Oct. 14), hardware developer OmniVerse announced the OmniGlass, which aims to give Google a run for its money.

The peripheral boasts a 720p display, a 4-megapixel camera and a 720p video recorder. For comparison, Google Glass offers a 360p display, a 5-megapixel camera and a 720p video recorder. Further details for the OmniGlass — such as its wireless connection speed and storage capacity, as well as price — have yet to be announced.

The OmniGlass will support both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Whether it will run the Android OS or a different operating system entirely is still unknown, but it will be able to parse multiple video formats.

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The OmniGlass itself appears to be a small (0.26-inch) screen that clips onto the side of a user's existing glasses or sunglasses and displays an image in front of a single eye. The screen itself is a liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) display, which is common for head-mounted displays.

Although OmniVerse has yet to reveal comprehensive tech specs for the device, it states that there is at least one working prototype available for demonstrations. The manufacturer can also share a development kit with prospective partners who want to design software for it.

At present, it's hard to say how the OmniGlass will stack up to Google Glass, but competition in a market is good for both consumers and developers. The device will go into production in the second half of 2014; a release date and price will come closer to launch.

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