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Chinese start-up beats Apple to the punch with its AR glasses

Rokid Glass, to be introduced in early 2018, is the team’s first wearable gadget after years of making gizmos for the home.

Mr Reynold Wu, product director at Rokid and the man charged with bringing the AR glasses to market, was an early adopter and big fan of Google Glass, the much-mocked headset that never really caught on. He feels that both technology and consumers have moved on a lot since Google’s effort was first made public in mid-2012.

Rokid Glass takes voice inputs as well as heeds commands users make with their hands. It also has a touchpad, in case people feel more comfortable using that. The wearable gadget will run a version of Android, making it open to apps. Mr Wu sees Glass being suited to navigation and product recognition apps in particular.

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