Could this be your future video phone?

Hands-free glasses allow for avatar-enhanced video chatting

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At first glance, these video glasses shown off by DoCoMo in Japan (video courtesy of DigInfo News) appear to be a version of the Google Glasses concept, but these feature one big difference.

When it comes to video chatting with the Google glasses, the person on the other end basically is seeing what the glasses-wearing subject is seeing. In the case of the DoCoMo concept, the viewer instead sees an avatar of the subject, with cameras recording eye and head movements as well as audio. Check out the video for more details.

While these glasses still appear too bulky for everyday use, the concept of a hands-free video chat where the recipient can see the person instead of a landscape or a street is interesting as well.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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