It looks like a virtual reality game. Aaron Kasten from AndroidSwag.com and I actually saw it in person at a tech event in Dallas, TX over the summer. What is it? It’s a wearable computer being developed by Motorola. The new device that looks like a cross between a headset a football coach wears and a virtual reality game, will work seamlessly with all of your connected electronics.
Motorola announced the device officially last Wednesday. The device called the Golden-i, features a micro display that projects to the user as a 15″ 24 bit monitor. It features a Windows embedded CE 6.0 R2 operating system and a Texas Instruments OMAP 3530 mobile dual processor. In speaking with Texas Instruments, they did say that as the device progresses they may consider other mobile operating platforms for it. Both Motorola and Texas Instruments work together on the Motorola Droid line of Android devices.
The concept behind the Golden-i is simple; connect your cell phone, car stereo, smartphone, PDA, iPod, and computer using the same connected interface and be able to control them from one virtual screen. Gestures and voice recognition are the key to navigating the head-held computer.
The Golden-i will be available to developers beginning in January. The SDK, which includes the headset itself will be available for $2500.
Motorola is no stranger to wearable communications. Since 2005 Motorola has been the partner for Bluetooth and MP3 players in sunglasses by Oakley and ski goggles by Burton.
Although there have been prototypes for this device out for about a year now, this new partnership with Kopin moves the project forward. Golden-i Programming Manager, Jeffrey Jacobsen, said “The Golden-i® platform offers spontaneous mobile access to virtually any digital information in the world, on-demand. Imagine leaving your laptop at the office and still having full access to all of its information, applications and services while traveling. The Golden-i platform will truly change the way people work and live.”
Motorola Senior Director of of Emerging Business, Tom Bianculli added “We believe this computer headset will be a game-changing solution for mobile workforces and represents the future in wearable computing. As the leader in enterprise mobile computing, Motorola Solutions is working with Kopin to explore new innovations and cutting-edge technologies that will help our customers continue to improve their operational efficiency and increase their productivity.”
Source: Technews & Kopin press release