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A Google Glass comeback is in the near-ish future, according to an Italian eyewear maker who pegged the launch date as February or March of 2016. That’s a fast turnaround for a device that stumbled so badly in its debut, but the apparent partnership with Luxottica is promising, at least from style standpoint. When Google pulled its Google Glass Explorer program in January, the company gave little hint of what was in store for the future of the wearable device. Few people doubted that Google Glass would return, however, and word soon spread that design powerhouse (and Nest co-founder) Tony Fadell... Read more...
Google put an abrupt end to its Glass Explorer program back in January of this year, leading some to speculate if Google was giving up on the wearable. That doesn't appear to be the case. When the Explorer program ended, Google moved Glass out of its Google X research lab and into a dedicated unit, and though the company hasn't said much since then, executive chairman Eric Schmidt says it's very much alive."It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn't true," Schmidt told The Wall... Read more...
There are some big changes in store for Google Glass, and the first change is the demise of the Glass Explorer program. Google opened up the Explorer program in April 2014 to anyone that was willing to fork over $1,500 for the privilege to own Glass. After January 19, the only individuals that will have access to Glass will be companies involved in the Glass at Work program and app developers.  Glass is also getting promoted from the Google X research lab, and will get its own independent division within Google. Current Google Glass chief Ivy Ross will still head the division, but she will... Read more...
It looks as if things are going to heat up at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Sony has announced that it is developing a display module that will turn existing eyewear into a smart device that can display visual information like Google Glass. The device is a compact, lightweight single-lens display module that is equipped with a high-resolution color OLED microdisplay and a micro-optical unit that helps the unit reach its full potential with displaying images in high quality. It also has a miniaturized control board with arithmetic processing capabilities that, according... Read more...
Google Glass is an exciting ongoing development in the fields of wearable technology and heads up displays (HUDs). At the same time, it's also been the center of various controversies, such as privacy concerns and the ability to fun afoul of copyright laws by illegally recording certain content. However, there's a new concern that's emerged, and it has to do with blind spots. A new study calls to attention that conventional glasses can reduce the wearer's visual field, sometimes causing absolute scotomas, or blind spots, and that head-mounted devices have even more pronounced frames. "What we've... Read more...
When it comes to Google Glass there are some mixed emotions. While it is an interesting device, there are Google “Glass Haters” out there who are not comfortable with a device that can take pictures of them or record their actions being out in the open like that. But it is the device’s ability to record that has resulted in it being officially banned from movie theaters.    The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced that an update was made to its theatrical anti-theft policy to include wearable tech in its... Read more...
If the one thing that's holding you back from adopting Google Glass and joining the wearable computing market is the lack of trendy designs, you're in luck. Google is teaming up with The Luxottica Group, a company that specializes in luxury and sports eyewear. While you may not have heard of Luxottica, there's a good chance you're familiar with at least one of its brands, which includes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikkli, and Arnette. This partnership marks the latest effort by Google to make its Glass platform trendy and hip. You may recall that earlier this year,... Read more...
I'm a short Italian a hair-length away from being 5-foot 9-inches tall, yet despite my height deficiency, I know what it's like to play basketball above the rim. It's not because I have an amazing vertical like Nate Robinson or, for your old school ballers, Spud Webb, both whom have won the slam dunk contest. No -- one reasons I know what it's like to play ball like a 6-footer is because the hoops are sometimes lowered at my local YMCA. The other reason is because the Sacramento Kings have teamed up with Google to use Glass on the court. Unfortunately, players don't get to wear Glass during actual... Read more...
Should drivers be allowed to wear Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle? That's one of the questions politicians face as a growing number of states seek to pass legislation that would make it illegal to wear Google's head-mounted display while driving. Proponents of such bills claim that wearables like Google Glass can be distractions and could lead to accidents. According to Reuters, no less than eight states are considering regulation of Google Glass, and this figures to be a hot topic for months to come. Legislatures in three other states -- New York, Maryland, and West Virginia -- have... Read more...
Samsung has never been shy about following marketing trends, whether it's building smartphones, serving up smart watches (Galaxy Gear), or in this case, filing a patent for eye-wear to compete with Google Glass. The version Samsung has in mind is called Galaxy Glass (no surprise there), and it will look and function similar to Google's head mounted display (HMD). According to a report in The Korea Times, Samsung may launch Galaxy Glass as early as this year's IFA convention in Berlin. "The market potential for smart glass is huge. It will be used in trucks, cars, and has a greater impact on related... Read more...
Google's venturing into uncharted territory with its Glass initiative, and that can be a scary thing for some people. The topic of privacy is perhaps the biggest talking point when it comes to Google Glass, but as some comedy skits have demonstrated, there's some potential for things to go sideways -- very sideways -- when meshing augmented reality with artificial intelligence. A 2min 30sec skit that appeared on Conan shows the depressing side of Google Glass. It features a guy who lives at home and spends his Saturday evenings having dinner with his mother. He's a recluse, a fact that Google Glass... Read more...
Heads up for all you California motorists, and perhaps drivers in all 50 states. If you're donning a pair of Google Glasses while behind the wheel of your car, you might get a ticket. Cecilia Abadie found that out the hard way when she was issued a citation by a police officer in California for what essentially amounts to distracted driving. The first item on the ticket is for speeding, which is probably the reason she was pulled over in the first place rather than for wearing Google Glass. However, she was also cited for her headgear, with the officer likening the infraction to "driving with monitor... Read more...
Despite ongoing privacy concerns, Google is pressing ahead with Google Glass and the competition, while not exactly heating up, is at least starting to take shape. Google’s latest big step in the wearable display push is its recent investment in Himax Technologies, which makes display tech for small and wearable devices. The move could position Google to increase production of Google Glass. Google’s investment in the Taiwanese chipmaker starts at 6.3 percent of the Himax business unit that handles wearable display chips. Google can bump its stake within a year to as much as 14.8 percent. ... Read more...
Interest around Google Glass has revived the idea of wearable computing in many circles and inspired research into areas that might, at first glance, seem a bit far-fetched. One such program is FIDO -- Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. The idea? Build a harness that would allow a dog to communicate with its handler remotely via wireless technology and possibly Google Glass. Ridiculous, right? Not so fast. The head of the project, Kristof Van Laerhoven, has designed a canine harness that the dog with jaw-friendly handles that the dog can pull to transmit a tone, activate a sensor,... Read more...
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