Toshiba Challenges Google at Ceatec (Sort of)

Wearables were big news this year at Ceatec, which took place in Japan earlier this month. The show is always an interesting one, to see what we can expect from Japan in the coming month.

Epson demonstrated its Moverio smartglasses. The Pulsense fitness tracker, introduced at IFA, was also on show.

Sharp showed off a new smartphone, the SH-01G. Due to be launched with NTT Docomo in Japan next month, the SH-01G has a 5.5″ display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a thin bezel. A 2.3GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 801), is expected to run Android 4.4. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0.

A prototype head-mounted display, similar to Google Glass, was shown off by Toshiba. ‘Toshiba Glass’ consists of a pair of glasses with a projector on the right arm. Reflectors, which direct the light to the wearer’s eye, are integrated into the lens of the right eyepiece. Accounts from those who tried the glasses said that the display is less sharp than Google’s and brightness may be lower (demonstrations were in a dark room). However, the unit requires physical tethering to a smartphone to function; it does not have a battery or processor of its own.