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Baidu confirms Baidu Eye, competitor to Google Glass

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Baidu has confirmed that it is developing prototype of digital eyewear similar to Google Glass. It will leverage Baidu's strengths in image search and facial recognition, said Baidu spokesman.

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Known internally known as Baidu Eye, Chinese glasses are being tested in the company and it is not yet clear will the product see the light of the day, said Kaiser Kuo, Baidu's spokesman. The device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches.

"What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device," Kuo said.

Baidu's first project of wearable technology will be compared to Google's Google Glass product which can live-stream images and audio and perform computing. Google launched its Google Glass Explorer program, opening it for early enthusiasts to test. Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass were premature as Baidu has not decided whether or not to commercialize the product.

"We haven't decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial form right now, but we experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search," Kuo said. Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.

Wearable technology is the latest technology initiative with many firms set to roll out devices based on the belief that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being connected to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

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