Baidu Glasses just like Google

baiduBaidu, China’s largest search engine, is developing prototype digital eyewear similar to Google’s Google Glass that will leverage Baidu’s strengths in image search and facial recognition, a Baidu spokesman said.

Internally known as project “Baidu Eye”, the glasses are being tested internally and it is not clear whether the product will ever be commercialised, said Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s spokesman.

Kuo said the device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches.

“What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device,” Kuo said.

Baidu’s first foray in wearable technology will draw comparisons to Google’s Google Glass product, which is a piece of electronic eyewear that can live-stream images and audio and perform computing tasks. Earlier this year Google launched the Google Glass Explorer program, opening up the eyewear for early enthusiasts to test.

Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass were premature as Baidu has not decided whether or not to commercialize the product.

“We haven’t decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial form right now, but we experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search,” Kuo said. Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.

Wearable technology is the latest technology initiative with many firms, including Google and Apple Inc, set to roll out devices based on the belief that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being tethered to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

Apple is experimenting with a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass, the New York Times reported.

The Old Facebook

A rather sparse looking website from 1999 that allegedly belonged to Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds on the web lately.

The username on the website was Slim Shady – the name of rapper Eminem’s alter-ego during the mid-90s.

The website, named Angelfire, was one of the first blogging sites on the web back in the day, reports News.com.au.

In his biography, Zuckerberg says he lives in a small town near New York, currently 15 years old and someone who just finished freshman year in high school.
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According to the bio, the site was set up to promote a programme

Zuckerberg built called the Vader Fader, which manipulated the text in AOL chat texts, instant messages and emails.

He described a Java application called “The Web” on his site, which allowed people to connect to each other over the internet.

He wrote that “the web is pretty small” and hoped that it will grow larger.

It’s almost a little bit freaky in its foresight. Zuckerberg was trying to connect people to each other via the web even back in 1999.

The site, which also contained a magnetic poetry section and a Java drawing tool, was discovered by Hacker News and Vice magazine.

They also discovered that the contact email on the page was an old AOL account belonging to account hold “ekzooks”, a name used all over the web by Zuckerberg’s father, Edward Zuckerberg.

The source code of the page also shows that the creator of the website was Mark Zuckerberg.