Google Glass has been dethroned by its Korean rival, K-Glass which, unlike the already-famous product, uses a built-in augmented reality (AR) processor that only offers its user relevant information regarding the surroundings. Although the Korean product has not been released on the market yet, the AR process makes it faster than Google Glass and it can be used for a longer period. The unique characteristics of K-Glass could also solve the privacy issues which hover over the tech giant’s patented wearable.
A research team led by professor Yoo Hoi-jun from the Department of Electrical Engineering at South Korea’s KEIST is set to dethrone Google Glass with the help of a new invention called K-Glass. The high-performance and ultra-low-power head-mounted display (HMD) contains a built-in augmented reality processor which reportedly makes it 30 times faster than Google Glass and it can be used three times longer. Therefore, K-Glass can be worn almost the entire day and its main benefit is that it changes the way in which augmented reality is perceived. While Google Glass cannot use 3D augmented reality outside because it needs markers to function, Yoo’s invention is inspired by the Visual Attention Model (VAM) and can duplicate the ability of the human brain to process visual data and eliminate unnecessary information. K-Glass is using a network structure which is like a human brain’s central nervous system which helps diminish power consumption and make it last longer.
Professor Yoo Hoi-jun stated that his invention represents the next generation of wearable technology thanks to its improved computing function.
“On top of that, it uses far less energy than traditional HMDs,” Yoo said.
Professor Yoo insists that K-Glass is different from Google Glass, mainly because the former uses a technology which offers a real-time view of the person’s surroundings either changed or boosted by computer-generated information. Using HMD allows this gadget to be used outdoors; therefore a person wearing this invention can find out the menu of a restaurant and the number of unoccupied tables simply by passing by the location. Moreover, Yoo mentions that K-Glass does not offer its wearer useless information like an airplane flight schedule.
The secret lies in the AR system which, unlike Google Glass, allows the product to work without having to read barcodes.
“We have yet to decide on a specific target application, which will be needed in commercializing the product,” the professor said.
The government of South Korea recently named wearables a new growth engine and stated that this segment is likely to have a significant impact on the country’s economy. Yoo is also part of a “wearable smart device” forum assembled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy which includes people from both private and public sector. He stated that he is open to selling his creation to companies like Samsung or Google, but the product is still not ready to enter the market.
K-Glass is a wearable, hands-free display which is set to dethrone Google Glass thanks to its AR processor which reproduces the human brain’s ability to make the difference between relevant and irrelevant data. Unlike Google Glass, K-Glass can be safely used outdoors because it does not depend on reading barcodes.
By Gabriela Motroc