How often have you looked at the latest, greatest innovation from a big Silicon Valley name like Apple or Google and thought, "Pretty cool, but I'll wait to see if Olympus has a better take on it"?
Well, there's a first time for everything.
Following the skydiving debut of Google Glass, Olympus has unveiled its own take on augmented-reality glasses, called — in true poetic Olympus style — the MEG4.0. A roughly translated press release told us that the heads-up display system utilises Bluetooth, renders a 320x240-pixel QVGA display and the "base machine" has a weight of 30 grams.
Until Google got serious about augmented reality with Project Glass this year, it's always been one of those outlandish Japanese concepts that didn't seem to have a chance of succeeding in the rest of the world. A quick search of CNET unearths at least a few mentions of different Olympus "head-mount displays", as well. We never got to do a hands on, er ... heads on, though.
There's no word on when the Olympus goggles will be available, or what the user interface will look like. Google has made Glass available to some developers in beta form for US$1500, and Sergey Brin said that the product could be available to the general public in 2014.