Chinese manufacturer Beijing Palo Alto Tech Co. Ltd showcased the Cool Glass One, a Google Glass copycat offered at a third of the price, during the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai last week.
The company plans to launch its version of the smartglasses internationally this summer.
Competing against Google Glass, a pair of which costs around 1,500 USD, the Cool Glass One offers a cheaper alternative at 330-500 USD per pair (and comes in a variety of colors).
The wearable tech allows users to connect with their Android-run mobile devices to text, call and blog, and the device can also act as a GPS.
Ye Chenguang, the CEO of Beijing Paolo Alto Tech, admits that they were initially “inspired” by Google’s smartglasses. Similar to Google Glass, the Cool Glass One projects an image in front of your eyes while you navigate through the interface by swiping on a touchpad on the side. A camera is also installed in the glass that can be activated with a touch of a button, recording 1080p HD photos and videos.
Of course, shameless reproductions of products by Chinese tech firms is nothing new. Xiaomi revealed its 64 USD version of the GoPro camera (134 USD) back in March to much fanfare.
Take a peek at the Cool One Glass here:
This is the Chinese version of Google Glass and it's only a fraction of the price.
Posted by Business Insider on Sunday, May 31, 2015
[Images via SeattleTimes]
By Sharon Choi