Google Glass Enterprise Edition Headset Found on eBay

Ever since being removed from sale last year, Google has slowly but surely been removing all reference to the device. Now, an unusual version of the headset has been found on eBay, which appears to be the long-rumoured enterprise-focused edition of the AR headset. The headset in question is in the ownership of a pawn shop in San Francisco, who are selling on the device through their eBay store when it was spotted by Cavin Kabe and posted on Google+.

The eBay listing for the headset includes a number of pictures, which show how it differs from the regular “Explorer” edition of the device that had been on public sale. It features hinges that allow it to be folded like a regular pair of glasses as well as changes to the charging port, which appears to be a proprietary connector with more in common with Apple’s MagSafe chargers than micro-USB. Additionally, this headset appears to match one found in an FCC filing last year for the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass, which would also mean that it may sport that device’s larger display, camera LED, and more efficient hardware, although images cannot support this.

Where this version of the Glass came from and how it came to be in the ownership of a pawnbroker remains unknown, with A to Z Pawnbrokers having multiple outlets in the San Francisco area and supplying no details about which store had received it. Whether this could be a blunder that reveals a new version of the Google Glass that is planned for a future release is unknown, and we can only hope that someone willing to examine the device ends up making the purchase which currently stands at $2,550.00, closing in on double the price of the original Explorer edition Glass.

Is Google Glass Being Killed Off?

Google Glass, the Alphabet Inc. wearable device that was pulled from the market in January 2015 after a decidedly mixed reception, could be dead after the company pulled all social media accounts connected to Glass, while its Google+ page featuring a “Goodbye” post. While an enterprise version of Google Glass is rumoured to be in development, it seems the consumer model is being quietly killed off.

The Google Glass Instagram account has now been closed:

As has its Twitter account:

While its Google+ page remains, its final post (now deleted, but recorded by the Daily Mail) is effectively saying goodbye to Google Glass “Explorers”. ‘Hi Explorers,” the post read, “we’ve had a blast hanging out with you on G+ throughout the Explorer Program. From now on, if you have any questions about your Glass, you can get in touch with us here.”

An FCC filing made last Summer suggests that Google Glass is not entirely dead, though. The team that developed the first version of the wearable is said to be developing an enterprise edition, under the working name of “Project Aura”, with Nest CEO Tony Fadell and designer Ivy Ross heading up the team, which may be an audio-only headset.

The Team behind Google Glass Is Working on a New Wearable

It’s not a big secret that Google Glass wasn’t a big success, but it looks like the team behind the gadget’s development is still hard at work. Now called Project Aura, the division is apparently working on no less than three new prototype gadgets, one of which is a headset without any type of screen. The audio-only device would be different from regular Bluetooth headphones or earpieces, and even though we don’t have a lot of details to share right now, it looks like the headset will work through bone conduction.

The Google Glass team was a part of the Google X lab, but Project Aura was actually moved under Google proper. As far as team leadership goes, Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell and designer Ivy Ross will be in charge of development. It’s true that this new audio-only device does seem like the most important thing that’s currently being developed by the Aura team, but it’s also worth noting that they are working on two more devices with screens that will be aimed at businesses. Yes, Google Glass wasn’t received with open arms, but some of its design ideas might still serve as a valuable source of inspiration for other modern gadgets.

Is a New Google Glass Model Being Tested?

An intriguing FCC filing has been submitted by Google under the codename FCC ID A4R-GG1. Usually, the FCC’s EUT label is quite specific and outlines the product category. In this case, the filing simply states, “BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac” with the model title GG1. It’s possible the GG1 stands for Google Glass 1 which could indicate a revised model of Google’s innovative wearable.

The documentation is fairly lengthy and lacking in concrete detail. However, we do know that the device will support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz network protocols. Additionally, the GG1 utilizes soldered, rechargeable batteries but the exact mAh isn’t known at this time. Other features include Bluetooth LE functionality, an AC adapter and USB cable for data transfer.

Another important piece of evidence which may support the Google Glass theory is the FCC e-label. Instead of a physical tag, there is an e-label embedded in the software under regulatory information. Interestingly, the e-label’s resolution is 640×380 and identical to the Google Glass display.

While there are hints suggesting the device is the latest Google Glass SKU, it might be a completely brand new product based on wearable technology. Perhaps it’s a fitness tool which allows you to monitor steps taken like a pedometer and sync results with the cloud. Given the lucrative nature of the fitness market, this would be a sensible strategy.

What do you think this device could be?

Thank you Droid-Life for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Droid-Life.

Google Glass Division on Hiring Spree

Google has been heavily hiring hardware engineers lately. The search giant has posted about 20 job listings between January and May for the Google Glass division. They have posted more than 16 job listing of different positions in Glass division from last month. The job listing ranges from an audio hardware manager, Hardware Automation Engineer, Human Factors Designer, UX director, kernel developers, to an RF systems engineer.

It seems that they are undergoing a big change. Google Glass may not be just a techy eyeglasses anymore. Google tags Glass division as a team working on “smart eyewear and other related products.” After Google stopped selling Google Glass back in January when it was priced at $1500 for explorer edition, they have made it clear that they are working on a new version of Glass for consumers.

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt said. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

In my opinion, as Glass division is undergoing such a noticeable change, we are not going to see same Google Glass whenever it is made available. It has a more challenges than it had back in 2013 when it was unveiled. What are your thoughts on this change?

Thank you Business Insider for providing us with this information.

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Google Glass Not Dead, Just Being “Made Ready For Users”

Since Google pulled its Glass wearable device from the market back in January, many assumed that the project was effectively dead. But Erich Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, insists that Glass is in a transitional phase to “make it ready for users,” under the guidance of Nest’s Tony Fadell.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt said, “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

He added that Glass is still a “big and very fundamental platform for Google,” comparing its development to that of Google’s driverless car, saying, “[It’s] like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now.”

Rumours began circulating last December that Google was planning a budget version of Glass, based on an infrastructure supplied by Intel. Either way, it seems that Google Glass is still breathing, albeit on life support.

Source: The Verge

Sony’s SmartEyeglass Becomes Available for Pre-Order

Sony’s Google Glass alternative, SmartEyeglass, has finally become available for pre-order. You can reserve a ‘developer’ unit today for $840 in the US, Germany and the UK, before the release date of March 10th.

The glasses utilise augmented reality, in a way very much similar to Google’s Glass – a product currently on hold. There are some differences to Google’s equivalent, such as the fact that it needs to be paired to a smartphone and its terribly bulky appearance (many laughed at ‘Glassholes’, who knows how many will laugh at people like the woman in image the above). It’s also worth mentioning the green user interface – something perhaps not as appetising when compared to Google’s almost fully-featured UI.

Of course, all of these things could change, but considering the current state of Google’s project, who knows what Sony will do with SmartEyeglass.

Source: The Verge

Tony Fadell, ‘Father’ of the iPod, Takes Control of Google Glass

Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and ‘Father’ of the iPod, has been put in charge of the Google Glass project in an effort to resuscitate the ailing project. Glass is to become its own separate division, no longer a Google X experimental project, but is being taken off the market through the Explorer program, only selling to commercial interests in lieu of a full consumer launch.

Fadell, former Senior Vice President of Apple’s iPod division, helped develop the original iPod mp3 player, and later co-founded home automation company Nest Labs. He will run the newly-autonomous Glass project, with current head Ivy Ross retaining day-to-day authority under him.

“Early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike,” Fadell said. “I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products. I remain fully committed to Nest and am equally excited about our work there, which continues to accelerate.”

Though Google now owns Nest Labs, bought for $3.2 billion early last year, the company will remain a separate entity and Fadell will retain control of the company he helped found, in addition to his duties on Google Glass.

Source: The Verge

Dell Creates Mood Reading Software


Dell’s research and development division has said that they have created software that should be able to read our moods as soon as 2017.

Dell are trying headsets made by Neurosky and other manufacturers that cost between £60 and £120 to see if they can accurately gauge the mood of the wearer. A London based company recently paired a Neurosky headset with a Google Glass allowing the user to take a picture by just thinking about it.

Moods are far more complicated than taking picture though, pictures are basically taken using an ON or OFF switch there is no in between, there are no other states and you either want the picture or you don’t, this is relatively simple. Sad, happy, hungry, bored, tired, upset, the list goes on. Scientists believe these moods will be far harder to gauge as they can change quickly, can mix with other emotions and are generally harder to detect. To try and make the headsets more accurate, the scientists are going to add a pulse oximeter, a device to monitor the level of oxygen in the blood, or an ECG monitor, a device to measure heart rhythm.

Today brain-monitoring is already being used by people with severe disabilities to control wheelchairs and computers with their thought, but this mood reading software could extend the possibilities. In the office, the software could detect when the user is bored, and suggest taking a break. Alternatively it could detect when the user is feeling motivated and direct incoming calls and emails so that it does not distract the user. For the gamer it could be used to detect when a level isn’t challenging enough, and increase the difficulty automatically or if the user is stuck could offer a hint to help them out.

If all the experiments are successful Dell are hoping that they should be able to release something within a 3 year time frame.

Thanks to BBC for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Neurosky.

 

Google Glass Banned in UK Cinemas Due to Piracy Fears

It was just one week ago when Google Glass was opened up to UK residents, and it didn’t take long before there was a bit of fallout regarding the popular wearable.

Due to increased concern of film piracy, ‘Glassholes’ will not be allowed to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, it was recently announced.  The practice of camcording, which typically results in lower-quality pirated videos, is still a major concern to global movie trade industry groups – and there is concern that wearables provide a stealthy way to record.

Here is what Phil Clapp, Cinema Exhibitors’ Association said to The Independent: “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.”

Someone visiting the Leicester Square theater was ordered to remove Google Glass, indicating a trend that is likely to continue in the future for UK residents.

Movie trade group FACT issued this statement regarding Google Glass and similar disruptive technologies:

“Developments in technology have led to smaller, more compact devices which have the capability to record sound and vision, including most mobile phones.  FACT works closely with cinema operators and distributors to ensure that best practice is carried out to prevent and detect illegal recordings taking place.”

An incident in a theater in the United States led the FBI to remove a man from the building, because staff thought he was trying to illegally film a movie.

Thank you to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

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Google Glass on Sale in the UK, So Residents Can Become ‘Glassholes’

Google Glass is now available in the UK with a whopping £1,000 price tag, but the device is still in the prototype phase, and is currently aimed towards developers.

Any UK resident at least 18 years old and with a credit card can now join the Google Explorer Programme, asking participants to provide feedback.

Here is what Ivy Ross, Google Head of Glass, recently said:

“Technology is at its best when it fits seamlessly into our lives and lets us get on with whatever we’re doing.  Our goal for Glass is exactly that – to make it easier to bring people the technology they rely on without drawing them out of the moment.”

Google is said to be working on facial recognition, an enhanced zoom-in camera and Internet stream for new versions of Glass.

The UK is the second region, following the United States, to receive a Glass product release – with the invite-only program dating back to 2012, with a regular product release in May 2014.  There are an estimated 300,000 Glass users in the United States, but Google hasn’t released official sales numbers.

Despite initial intrigue of Glass, there have been complaints of privacy concerns in the United States.  Some restaurants and bars in San Francisco banned patrons from wearing Glass, and some Glass wearers have been harassed and assaulted.

Thank you to Sky News for providing us with this information

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Smartphone With Kinect-style Computer Vision In The Works

Google is apparently working on yet another ‘crazy’ device, and this time it is attempting to incorporate 3D computer vision technology similar to Kinect into a smaller device, a smartphone.

The project is called “Project Tango” and is being developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. It is said that the computer vision is toggled by a new co-porcessor from Movidius named “Myriad 1”, a chip designed from the ground up to bring Kinect-style computer vision to smartphone devices.

“Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences – including 3D scanning, indoor navigation and immersive gaming.” Johnny Lee, Technical Program Lead at ATAP describes the project.

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Google has a change to pull this off since they have something up their sleeves, and that is Johnny Lee, who is a former Microsoft employee and worked on the Kinect technology before joining the team at Google. However, the handset is said to be developed and distributed to developers first in order to see what they can come up with.

The handset is reported to be able to generate a 3D model of a room with the help of this technology and allow apps to interact with the model outputted. The device’s specs include a 5-inch Android phone with two computer vision co-processors, a 4 MP rear camera, depth sensor, and a second camera for motion tracking.

While the Google Glass is a miniaturised version of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the vision for such a device as “Project Tango” is clear. Until then, developers are encouraged to send their ideas to Google here.

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information
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NYPD Trialling Google Glass To Aid Officers In The Field

Google Glass has been attracting the attention of the authorities recently – in Wyoming a bill has been proposed to ban Google Glass while driving and in Ohio a man was escorted from a movie theatre by Federal police under piracy suspicions related to his Google Glass. Yet in New York Google Glass has been attracting a different form of attention from the authorities, more specifically VentureBeat reports the New York City Police Department is trialling Google Glass for its 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. “We think it could help impact patrol operations in New York City. We shall see…”

At a time when Google is trying to disassociate itself from American authorities and law enforcement Google probably isn’t too happy about the news NYPD is trialling their Glass. When questioned about whether Google provided the NYPD with Google Glass units for testing Google told VentureBeat that:

“The Google Glass Explorer program includes people from all walks of life, including doctors, firefighters and parents. Anyone can sign up to become a Glass Explorer, provided he or she is a U.S. resident and over the age of 18.”

Chief Information officer of the San Francisco police department, Susan Merritt, showed similar interest saying the application of Google Glass to law enforcement is potentially huge.

Google Glass could be used to run facial recognition scans, record real time encounters to eliminate the need for written reports and access criminal databases to perform checks in real time. Of course the flip side of the coin is that Google Glass could be a violation of the rights of innocent citizens. It could also be used as a way for American authorities to conduct more mass surveillance, using data harvested by officers wearing Google Glass to build huge databases of audio and visual information that would allow for facial and voice recognition of everyone they come into contact with.

What are your thoughts about American police using Google Glass?

Image courtesy of Thomas Halleck / IBTimes

Samsung To Release It’s Own Version Of Google Glass

Could we see Galaxy Glass work with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear?

With the release of Google Glass drawing ever closer it seems other tech companies are keen to get on the “glass” band wagon. Reports are coming out that both Microsoft and Samsung are set to release or are working on their own version of the internet enabled eyewear. It was reported last October last year that Microsoft was looking into the possibilities of entering the internet enabled eyewear market, that is if the Google Glass turns out to be a success. Microsoft was even working on prototypes of their take on the device. Now it seems reports are coming out of Korea that Samsung is serious about entering this new market, and that their device will be called Galaxy Glass.

According to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung will look to release the device at this years IFA fair which is taking place in Berlin this September. The Korea Times also reports that Samsung have all ready registered a patent for a device in Korea and that just like its main rival the Google Glass, Samsung’s device will link a smartphone to the eyewear to display alerts, messages and other data on a transparent or translucent lens. According to the report by Korea Times an unnamed Samsung official released this statement;

“The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.”

Although if true this news doesn’t come as a surprise, seeing as Samsung has a wide range of devices that the Galaxy Glass could interact with. The Galaxy Glass could be able to interact with everything from Samsung smartphones, tablets, TV’s and lets not forget about Samsung’s all ready released piece of wearable tech, this being the Galaxy Gear. We will keep you updated with more information about the so called Galaxy Glass when it becomes available.

Thank you The Escapist for the information provided

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Google Glass Seen As Piracy Gadget Inside Movie Theatres

Google Glass apparently is not seen as a great advancement in technology that should freely roam on everybody’s head by many people. There was a case where a woman has been pulled over and fined for wearing Google Glass while driving, though no regulation has been made for this, on top of the glasses being turned off while she was driving. The court even gave its consent in regard to Google Glass, since the gadget can be seen as a useful hands-free tool. But the more recent case involves a man going to the cinema with a pair of Google Glass, which ended badly for him and his wife.

The couple, for Columbus – Ohio, bought tickets for the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at a local AMC movie theatre and went in to watch it. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but the man was wearing his pair of Google Glass, and although the device was turned off during the movie, that did not stop the police from grabbing the man and his wife and escorting them outside, where they were greeted by other fellow mall cops and the FBI.

“About an hour into the movie, a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’. It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops,” the man said in an interview. “You see all these cops, you know we are legit, we are with the ‘federal service’ and you have been caught illegally taping the movie,” he was told.

The man said that the feds asked him questions about everything from how much money he made, to how many computers he owned. The questioning got weirder when they began asking questions about Google itself. They wanted to know what information Google ask for in exchange for Glass, how much the company was paying him, and who his boss is that is making him record movies in theaters. The feds went as far as to tell the man who even though he was detained, the interview was voluntary and that if he refused to cooperate, bad things may happen to him.

If this is the kind of security and events we should expect to see in the future when Google Glass will finally launch, I don’t think many will have the courage of bringing them outdoors. And implicitly, such events will even have a big negative impact on the Google Glass marketing as well.

Driver Avoids Fine For Glassing While Driving

Cecilia Abadie with her pair of Google Glasses

The first case with probably many more to come regarding driving whilst wearing Google’s Glass has been thrown out of a San Diego traffic court. Cecilia Abadie is a software developer and one of the 30,000 people lucky enough to be able to try out Google’s latest piece of technology before it get a main stream release later this year. Abadie was driving on a San Diego free way in October of 2013 when a California Highway Patrol officer saw that she was wearing the device while driving. The Patrol officer handed her a citation which is usually given to those operating and watching a dash mounted TV or Video player.

However Abadie pleaded not guilty to the charges handed down to her, with San Diego Traffic Court Commissioner John Blair throwing the case out, by ruling that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty citing that the offence she was charged for required proof that the device was on and in operation. The California Highway Patrol has declined to comment on the case, however they released a statement saying that anything that takes the driver attention away from the road is dangerous.

Legislation’s in three states of America have been made that will ban driving with Google Glass, these being Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia. Google has released a statement on their website which contains an advisory to those looking at getting the Google Glass when it becomes available to the public;

“Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you are following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road”.

Thank you The Australian for the information provided 

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Wink And Snap A Photo With Google Glass

Google Glass has updated software in its internet-linked eyewear to allow users to snap pictures by winking. The new feature, which promises to escalate privacy concerns already being voiced about the hi-tech gadget, came as one of an array of improvements. Google Glass posted on its Google+ social network page;

“We have got a new setting that lets you quickly and easily capture the moments you care about with a simple wink of the eye. We are starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible.”

Notions put forth included Glass wearers some way paying for cab rides by winking at meters or paying for something in a shop with a blink. Other updates included letting owners lock eyewear so it can not be used unless a person knows the “handshake” of swipes and taps. The “Glassware” code powering the device was also modified to allow uploads directly to the Google-owned video sharing site YouTube.

“Glass is about helping you look up and experience the world around you without getting bogged down by technology,” Google said.

The hi-tech accoutrement lets wearers take pictures, record video, send messages or perform other tasks with touch controls or by speaking commands. It connects to the internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or being tethered to smartphones. Facebook, Twitter and major news organizations have already tailored apps for Google Glass, which has only been made available to developers and a limited selection of “explorers” who paid $1,500 each for the hi-tech eyewear. Envisioned uses range from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local weather reports, to sharing real time video streams or playing augmented reality games, in which the world would be the board or platform.

Google has not made an announcement for a public release date for Google Glass, however speculation is that it will arrive around early 2014.

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Welcome to Google Glass, an insight on Google Glass’s settings and functions

Thank you News.com.au for providing us with this information

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Pre-Orderes Opened For Vuzix M100 Android Powered Smart Glasses

The Vuzix M100 is now available for pre-order in the US, having a price tag of $1000 and with an expected delivery of two to four weeks.

Vuzix is calling the M100 a “hands-free wearable computer”, featuring a monocular 16:9 full-colour WQVGA display that, according to the company, replicates a 4-inch smartphone display viewed from 14 inches away. It’s designed to overlay information, augmented-reality style, rather than interfere with your vision.

The M100 is running on the Android OS, has a 1 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, a 4GB storage capacity with microSD expansion slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a built-in head tracker, a single speaker and a noise-cancelling mic. A number of preloaded apps let you take and view photos and videos, access your calendar and link to your phone. The device is also compatible with many existing Android apps.

Vuzix seems to be targeting the productivity of the item rather than the entertainment possibilities it is capable of offering, meaning that the M100 could be used more in the business sphere. Vuzix CEO and president Paul Travers described a scenario in which a warehouse worker uses the M100 to locate targeted items and perform a stock take.

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With Google still to reveal the consumer pricing on its upcoming commercial version of Glass, the M100 might be the best bet for anyone desperately waiting for a smart glasses experience.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of Vuzix

ZTE Will Release Its Own Brand of Smartwatches

ZTE has yet to enter the battle with its own smartwatch. However, according to Lu Qianhao, head of the Shenzhen-based company’s handset marketing strategy, ZTE might be working on some that are predicted to launch somewhere around Q2 2014.

The same Lu Qianhao stated that their aim is not to launch something as prestigious as the Galaxy Gear, but focus on something more budget-friendly and basic. Also, the new smartwatches will be compatible with the ZTE line at first, though there are talks of introducing other versions which will be compatible with all other Android smartphones. Besides the smartwatches, ZTE is also looking into other gadgets, such as the Google Glass, but no specific plans or news are available at the moment.

Mr. Lu said that the new smartwatch should help make ZTE’s smartphones more attractive. He also said that part of ZTE’s strength lies in its deep understanding of telecommunications network technology, as the company’s core business is providing telecom operators with network gear. With more Chinese brands jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, the fledgling market may soon get crowded with more affordable models, similar to what has already happened to smartphones.

ZTE plans to release on the Chinese market at first, and afterwards gradually make their product available to Europe and the US markets later on.

Thank you The Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information
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SpaceGlasses: Augmented Reality Glasses

Have you ever imagined being a superhero, like IronMan? Perhaps you wished that you could go around with your own personal Head-Up-Display which gives you vitals or statistics of the things that surround you. If you have then you might be interested to learn a little something about SpaceGlasses.

Startup Meta will soon be releasing a developer version of their newly invented product SpaceGlasses. With SpaceGlasses  you are able to interact with objects in a 3-dimensional world. Giving you special abilities to shape and mold the things around you, perhaps even allowing you to create your own fantasy world. Yes, there are a couple of other products out there that are similar, such as Google  Glass or even Oculus Rift. Google Glass gives you a single lens in which are you able to verbally command the product, and Oculus Rift is more of a display screen. SpaceGlasses are able to sense your fingers, and allow you to manipulate objects by touching them. Based on the video below, you will be able to play a game of chess, and even sculpt items for 3D printing.

Though the glasses seem a bit bulky, soon they may be as small as a pair of sunglasses, allowing users more comfort while wearing the device.

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Developer versions of SpaceGlasses will start shipping in January, though you can pre-order now for a price tag of $667, OUCH. Though it is nearly half the price of Google Glass developer version, it still is not inexpensive. This new gadget could revolutionize computers in a short time though. Imagine sitting in your favorite lounge chair, staring at the ceiling or even laying out in a field of grass looking into the blue skies above while checking your email, or browsing the web. The possibilities are limitless.

Thank you to CNET for sharing this new gadget with us.

Image courtesy of SpaceGlasses.com

Samsung Rumored To Prepare Its Own Google Glass Gear

Samsung is rumored to release its own Google Glass gear, since it usually has a habit of releasing similar tech found at competitors that attract attention. The Korean giants may be doing that in a lab in the heart of Korea, where they are working on a product similar to Google Glass tech, but which can bear their logo. But take care, the information is merely a rumor only, and everything is to be taken with a grain of salt before starting to dream about a Samsung Galaxy Glass device.

The rumor was started by a tweet which Eldar Murtazin, Editor-in-Chief Analyst at MRG, posted. Although his  sources may or may not be accurate, going by historical data, we are more inclined to believe whatever he has tweeted today.

Therefore, whether we will really see a Galaxy Gear Glass in the April-May timeframe next year is debatable, but very likely. Google’s Project Glass is getting more positive response than the company had expected, and has certainly appealed to that section of consumers who are fascinated with Sci-Fi and high-tech gadgets that look like they are from the future. It truly seems the Future and what was considered Sci-Fi in the past will move to the High-Tech and Present sphere.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Google Says Glass Won’t Be Coming To Market At $299

Google’s Glass will not be coming to Best Buy in 2014 at a price of $299 like currently circulated rumours have suggested. Google’s Chris Dale, who works on the Google Glass project, made a statement on Twitter that killed the rumour in a rather blunt way.

“Google Glass not coming to Best Buy in 2014… oh, and it won’t be $299 either. #factcheck”

Part of the rumour was that Google would set up mini stores within Best Buy stores across the country and then they would sell the Google Glass there for the relatively affordable price of $299. Of course the statement by the Google employee doesn’t rule out the Google Glass being cheaper than $299, but it is implied that the Glass will be significantly more expensive than $299.

The possibility that Google may set up their own shops in the countries where Glass is sold still remains. They might use similar tactics to the Chromebook where Google currently has Chromebook stores in the UK and USA dedicated to the sale of Chromebooks.

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Microsoft Patent For “Augmented Reality Glasses” Is Shown, Google Glass Rival?

An report by Engadget has revealed that Microsoft has filed a patent for augmented reality glasses. These “smartglasses” are looking rather similar to that of Google Glass and can be seen as Microsoft’s Google Glass equivalent. The glasses are apparently designed specifically for multiplayer gaming which could imply involvement and a link to the Xbox One.

The patent shows a normal pair of sunglasses, with a camera and microphone mounted at the nose bridge and a variety of sensors located at different locations around the glasses. The patent states the glasses can receive voice commands, track your eyes, calculate depth and recognise the faces of others you are playing with.

This patent is similar to other patents filed by Microsoft recently though no one is really sure if these are speculative patents or if Microsoft have actually produced functioning prototypes yet. Stay tuned though as more information is sure to develop in the near future about this new Microsoft product.

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Apple Just Isn’t Cool Anymore, It’s time for Google to shine.

Several years ago I would have said that Apple Inc was one of the coolest, if not the coolest companies out there. Unfortunately in the past few years it seems that Apple has stopped thinking outside of the box, they have stopped bringing us new and innovative tools and technology. I am sure others are thinking the same as well.

Google appears to be becoming the new Apple, getting bigger each and every day, and continually bringing us new and innovative products and tools. Making huge strides from starting off as a fantastic search engine to becoming one of the largest technology providers to the world.

Here are 10 products that Google has released, or is getting ready to release in the near future, I hope you enjoy.

Google Glass, though we have not seen in detail how Google Glass is going to work, we have been given small teasers showing some of its functions. Google has kicked off a large testing phase, for this hot new product but there not even the slightest assumption as to when it might be ready for release to the public. Though we may see it as early as the beginning of 2014.

Google Nexus 10, Google’s newest tablet, not only does it have a larger display, it is just as powerful as an iPad and you get it all for less money. Plus the Nexus 10 uses the Android OS providing a user friendly interface, and Android is Open Source!

Google Fiber, Google has been considering entering the ISP market for a short time now, wanting to offer customers the fastest possible internet speeds possible, with Sony working with Japanese ISPs to bring out fiber-optic internet other ISPs will need to start thinking about this too! Fiber-Optic is great for television as well!

Google Search, being able to sit at your computer, or using your mobile device you are able to browse the web, and what better way to do this than to use Google Search, being able to search for websites, images and more all from the same site, with easy to use features, where could you go wrong?

Google Play Store, hundreds of thousands of apps to search from, tons of them for free, and you don’t have Apple standing on the sidelines saying no, you can’t have that one, and if you’re a developer, you don’t need to worry about Google not allowing you to share your app with the world.

Android, the fastest growing operating system out there, open source and it is FREE! There are its flaws as everything has some flaws, but it is user friendly, easy to work with, and there are so many features. Did I mention, its FREE?

AdMob, for the mobile advertising market, advertisements are what pave the way for good companies to become great, allowing that extra bit of funding to come in to allow them to continue moving forward. AdMob allows you to promote your apps with ads, to allow you to earn some revenue from your app.

Google Maps, have you ever been lost in a large city, not knowing where you’re going? I have, and not wanting to ask for directions because you are unsure of your surroundings, and in what appears to be in a bad part of town. Google Maps is nearly always reliable and won’t likely have you turning into the side of a building or driving through the middle of a lake.

Google Docs, one of my personal favorites, I have been promoting Google Docs to friends and family alike for several years now. Being able to store your important documents in a safe place, with the ability to edit them on the go and not needing to keep that pesky flash drive available at all times.

Chrome, last but not least. I have made the switch to chrome entirely recently, moving over from Mozilla. It was difficult for me to make the move, but I have adapted quite well, and I doubt that I could ever go back to Mozilla, or move to another browser. Chrome has so many features, and I think I use about all of them.

Now really, Apple can’t top that!

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Google Releases Tech Specs Of Glass Explorer Editions

Google recently released Glass API, along with the specs for the Glass Explorer Editions. One of the key specs is that it uses 5 Megapixel camera that can take 720p Videos as well. It has 16GB storage with 12GB as usable storage.

One of the coolest feature is the bone conduction transducer which can send sound from the Google Glass, through the bones of the wearer skull for the sound to reach to the inner ear.

But the Glass will be using 802.11 B/G Wi-Fi, probably either to save energy and use a smaller chip size that support the current 802.11 ac standard. Google also says that their display is equivalent of a 25″ HD TV when you view it at a distance of about 8 feet away.

Here are the full specs:

Fit

  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.

Display

  • High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

Camera

  • Photos – 5 MP
  • Videos – 720p

Audio

  • Bone Conduction Transducer

Connectivity

  • Wifi – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth

Storage

  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.

Battery

  • One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.

Charger

  • Included Micro USB cable and charger.
  • While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.

Compatibility

  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
  • The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

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Foxconn Will Build Google Glass In The U.S.A

Google Glass, the highly sought after augmented reality glasses, are set to enter into production in the next few weeks. While that in itself is exciting enough news, there is also good news for the USA as Google will be manufacturing the Google Glass products on American soil, or on Californian soil to be more precise.

A recent report by the Financial Times suggests that the final assembly will be taking place at a facility in Santa Clara, California. The production contract for Google Glass has been signed with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., or Foxconn as we all know them. Most of the components for the Google Glass will be sourced from overseas but that crucial final assembly is on U.S soil.

Despite American production potentially costing more there are still advantages in doing so for Google. Having production so “close-to-home” means that Google engineers can keep a much closer eye on production and ensure that everything goes to plan. It will also be easier for them to revise designs if modifications are needed after the first batch is produced. Earlier this week 8000 people received an invitation to purchase an early model of the Google Glass, called the Explorer Edition, for $1500. Everyone else will have to wait until the end of the year and Google says they will be paying less than what early adopters paid but how much less is still unknown.

Are you excited about the arrival of Google Glass? Are you happy that Google are supporting the American economy? Would you rather Google produced it for cheaper elsewhere and were able to reduce the price as a result? Let us know your thoughts.

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