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The NYPD is reportedly testing Google Glass for use with its patrol officers. “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a “ranking New York City law enforcement official” told VentureBeat. That sounds tame enough until you cross-reference that tidbit with the fact that facial recognition software (NameTag) exists for the high-tech specs. Ostensibly, then, police officers could identify you--whether or not you’re a criminal or engaging in suspicious... Read more...
Glass is for games, too. Google has “hacked together” (their words, not ours) five mini games in an effort to inspire developers to build games for Google Glass using Glassware. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” reads a Google blog post. The five games include voice activation and use of the gyroscope, accelerometer, motion sensing, and Newtonian physics. There’s a tennis game, a clay shooter, a balance game, a matching game, and a shape splitter. Although we can’t say we’re... Read more...
Did you ever think you’d be buying your prescription glasses from Google? We’re on record carping about the inability to wear Google Glass when you have existing spectacles on, but Google is addressing that issue in impressive fashion by rolling out its own spate of frames for prescription lenses. There are several lightweight frames to choose from in the Titanium collection, including Bold, Split, Curve, and thin. All four are fashionable, and they look great (on all those impossibly attractive models, at least), so that slightly silly tech nerd look the original Google glass foists... Read more...
When NFL Films first got the idea to mic up certain players and coaches to give viewers a more intimate look and listen into games, practices, and sidelines, it changed a great deal about the average fan’s understanding of and interest in the game. The NBA is about to enjoy a generationally commensurate innovation for fans by outfitting certain players, announcers, and others with Google Glass to augment a broadcast. On the January 24th game between the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers, the Kings will use Google Glass and CrowdOptic’s technology to significantly boost the fan... Read more...
Google’s XE12 update to Google Glass is out, and there are some nifty new features to make Glass Explorers happy. One of the most notable is a new feature that lets users wink to snap a photo. It would appear that Google liked what it saw from Winky and either swiped the idea from developer Mike Giovanni or implemented his technology. “Wink”, as Google is calling it, is designed to make taking a picture supremely easy, with the idea being that you can turn on feature in Settings and snap pictures without taking yourself out of the moment. (It also makes it easier for Glass users... Read more...
A second version of Google Glass is on its way, and the stalwart (and lucky) Glass Explorers will all get to try it out. The new spectacles will still be Explorer Edition--in other words, still beta versions of Google Glass--but it’s still exciting that version 2 is coming. The updated Glass will won’t be dramatically different from the current iteration, but there are some significant changes. For one thing, v2 will be a little faster and also more durable, which will certainly both enhance the user experience and give users a bit more peace of mind when using Glass. The new version... Read more...
I recall an anecdote about a fellow that got his house wired with electricity way back when. Workers installed wiring and sockets, but the man didn’t have any light bulbs yet, so he screwed a potato onto the light socket to prevent the electricity from leaking out all over the place. That’s the image I have any time someone just doesn’t understand a given technology. (In fairness, sometimes I’m the potato guy.) Thus, that’s also the image that came to mind when word broke that another Seattle establishment banned Google Glass. This one is the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge,... Read more...
ASUS has big plans for the coming year. At this year’s CES in January, ASUS is going to make a splash with new smartphones, and handsets are going to become a major focus for the company. “We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit next year,” said ASUS CFO David Chang to investors at a conference. ASUS expects to grow its smartphone sales by a factor of five, from one million units this year to five million in 2014, and it expects the growth to come in part from more retail stores... Read more...
Every month, Google Glass gets another update as the closely-watched beta test continues to roll on and expand. The latest update, XE11, brings with it a few handy new features and removes one that Google believes was not very useful in the end. Google Glass users can now tell Google Maps where they live and work, so when you want to travel to one of the other, you get more personalized map directions because Google will better understand what you want. Glass users’ calendar is more personal now, too, as they can now check their schedule right from Glass and search for calendar details. Users... Read more...
As it is now, the mysterious Google-owned barge sitting in San Francisco Bay is decidedly barge-like, which is to say that it’s blocky and ugly, and the presumption is that when the company eventually finishes converting it to a tech showroom to display wares such as Google Glass to high-end clientele, it would be gussied up a bit. That presumption, it appears, falls far short of what Google is actually planning. According to SFGate, documents filed with the Port of San Francisco indicate that Google is going to create an "unprecedented artistic structure" out of the thing, replete with “sails”... Read more...
What was that I was saying about wishing that Google Glass had prescription lens inserts? It appears I wasn’t the only one who thought that would be a good idea, because it’s happening. Google is partnering with Rochester Optical to produce the first custom lenses for Google Glass. Buried at the bottom of a press release announcing that Venture Glass founder Tim Moore was joining its ranks as both an R&D guy and a marketer, Rochester Optical said that would be making “custom prescription, fashion, and sport lenses for Google Glass”. Current (non-prescription) Google... Read more...
So there’s this mysterious barge parked in San Francisco Bay, stacked with shipping containers. It was a known fact that the barge belonged to Google, but nobody knew what it was doing there, what was on it, or what it might be used for, but local TV station KPIX says it’s cracked it: The barge will be a floating Google Glass showroom, and the whole thing was a project by Google[x], the search giant’s secretive idea incubator and lab. More specifically, it will be a series of showrooms, and although Google Glass will be among the prominent tech displayed, it won’t be the... Read more...
Up to now, there have been precious few Google Glasses in the wild, with the number limited to the few thousand Google Glass Explorers who ponied up $1,500 for the first round of Explorer Edition beta spectacles, but according to a post on the Google Glass Google+ page, in the next few weeks current Explorers will be able to invite three friends to join the Google Glass party. The Glass team also announced that Google Glass is getting some new and improved hardware, which will allow new Glass devices to accommodate different shades and even prescription frames as well as a mono earbud. Current... Read more...
Wearable computing is all the rage, and for good reason; pretty much everyone can agree that although our smartphones are immensely powerful, they’re actually rather inconvenient. Using one requires at least one hand, often two, and it’s cumbersome to dig into your pocket, purse, or bag to retrieve them whenever you get a notification. We’re slaves to those dings and boops. Google Glass is one of the more promising bits of wearable technology out there. Smart watches are proliferating like rabbits, sure, and other glasses-type tech is in the offing, but Google Glass has the full... Read more...
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