Baidu demos Google Glass rival

|By:, SA News Editor

Unlike Google Glass, Baidu Eye has no display. Rather, the head-mounted device analyzes images and other data from a user's surroundings, and transfers the data to a paired smartphone. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) argues the lack of a display both improves battery life and lowers eye strain.

Eye can recognize objects that are available on e-commerce sites, and then (via the connected smartphone) direct users to the appropriate site. Baidu admits use cases are limited for now, but insists it has "an enormous data set of clothes, bags, and flora."

Like Glass, Eye is still in beta. Baidu hasn't provided details about pricing or availability.