The much-hyped Google Glass, which many believed to be something it was definitely not, will soon have a lot of competition. One of the more promising of those is startup Telepathy, which has just raised $5 million to develop its rival device.
The Telepathy prototype is sleek, thin, and fits around your current glasses or stands alone if you don’t wear specs. The company expects to bring Telepathy One, the first iteration of its product, to market in 2014.
Telepathy One is a hands-free communications device that wraps around the back of the head and positions speakers (earplugs) near the ears and projection cameras to each side of the user’s eyes. It’s small screen, earplugs, and is soon to have a software developer’s kit (SDK) to allow third-party developers to have access to its functions.
The Telepathy set works much like Google Glass in its general use – mostly for social media, video capture/streaming, and text message display. Telepathy’s founder, however, has different thoughts about it.
Takahito Iguchi, who designed Telepathy, says it’s meant to allow us to “wear our love.” How exactly that works is a little vague, but one of the main ways seems to be by streaming video you’re viewing to people you’re in close social contact with (think Facebook Close Friends). So far, technical details for how this is supposed to work haven’t been released.
The general idea, even if it amounts to just being a useful way to use your smart phone while on the go, is a good one. How it will pan out in real life has yet to be seen, but with a new $5 million in investment and more engineers on board to make it happen, we may find out how well it works before Christmas next year.