Google Glass might be the de facto champion of the wearable tech world at the moment, but this does not mean that other hardware manufacturers are going to sit down and do nothing about the situation. Computex 2014 is a hotbed for such technology to be shown off, where ChipSip has picked up Computex’s Best Choice award when it comes to their pair of smart glasses which intend to make a dent in the Google Glass market. Of course, ChipSip’s offering is not exactly the cheapest in the market to say the least, but at least it happens to be a whole lot more affordable than the Google Glass. We are looking at a $500 price tag for ChipSip’s offering, with their SiMEye Smart Glass kit.
On the floor of Asia’s biggest tech show, a Taiwanese company is trying to pull off what would be one of the industry’s greatest upsets. A hitherto obscure maker of memory chips and network equipment, ChipSip, has nabbed Computex’s Best Choice award for a pair of smart glasses that aim to steal the market away from Google Glass. It would be the greatest coup since China’s Lenovo, another company from this part of the world, overtook Hewlett-Packard in PC sales. In its favour, ChipSip is targeting a $500 (£300) retail price for its SiMEye – pronounced “see me” – Smart Glass kit, which is a third of the sum Google is currently charging early adopters in the US. ChipSip touts its ability to download Android apps direct from Google’s Play Store via SiMEye’s user interface. By contrast Glass requires an owner to first download an app via another Android device before it can be transferred to the eyewear. And SiMEye can also capture video in 1080p, four times the resolution of it rival.