When Baidu first released the prototype for its tech accessory project “Eye” in April last year, many have speculated that the news was just one of the April Fool’s Day pranks. The company confirmed latter that the product is based on an actual internal project, albeit more detailed information was scare back then.

The Chinese search engine took the wraps off Baidu Eye today at Baidu Technology Innovation Conference this year. Since the design and functionalities of Baidu Eye prototype, as revealed last year, is quite similar to Google Glass, the product is inevitably compared with and considered as a clone with minor innovations. But Baidu Eye released today isn’t that similar to Google Glass after all.

Although Baidu Eye is still worn like glasses, it do not have LCD display. Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications explains that the addition of a screen will impair vision and tire the eyes of wearers. Users can use voice or gestures to control the device. When wearers circles an object in the field with fingers or hold an object in their hands, Baidu Eye can recognize and analyze the objects by recognizing the gestures, and the analysis results will be sent to the connected smartphones.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.