Google Glass isn’t expected to be released until early to mid-2014, however there are other options for those interested in wearable computing. Recon Instruments is now accepting preorders for its Recon Jet sunglasses, a Google Glass-like device intended for sporting enthusiasts. The Jet has similar internal components as Glass, including a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 720p camera. The device is also equipped with a variety of sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, altimeter, barometer and ambient temperature sensor, and it runs a customized version of Android. More →
Google on Monday announced a minor update for its wearable computing device. Google Glass has been updated to support more hands-free commands, including reading and replying to text messages and sharing images with friends. The device’s contact application previously supported up to only 10 friends, however it too has been updated to now show a user’s entire Gmail contact list. Lastly, the update will now bring a full Web browser the Google headset, which can be controlled by the touchpad on the side of the device. The update will be rolling out to Glass developers over the next few days.
A new report suggests that Google’s wearable computing device could become “the next iPhone.” Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst with Forrester Research, believes that Google Glass shows enough promise that “it’s just a matter of time” until the device takes over the world. But she noted that the current version of Glass is “more of a Newton than an iPhone,” citing concerns with battery life and limited app development. While Glass’s current functionality may be limited, the analyst believes that in time it will become the next great platform. More →
Google’s wearable computing device has come under fire once again. Government privacy and data protection officials from seven countries have reached out to Google CEO Larry Page over privacy concerns regarding Google Glass. Commissioners from Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland are seeking specific details about the information Google collects from the device and how it complies with data protection laws. They have also asked for the company to demonstrate the device to them in person and allow data protection authorities to test it. More →
Researchers at several institutions have created a new technology that will empower future smart contact lenses. The team developed a “transparent, highly conductive, and stretchy mix of graphene and silver nanowires” that it then attached to an off-the-shelf soft contact lens to give it Google Glass-like features, Technology Review reported. The lenses were tested on rabbits because of similarities with the human eye and were found to be fully functional. The researchers noted that the rabbits didn’t attempt to rub their eyes nor did they grow bloodshot after five hours of testing.
Google shareholders and other individuals were in for a surprise when they arrived at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. Google, ironically, banned attendees from wearing the company’s own wearable computing device at the meeting. The company forbade people from using electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras and recording devices. The restriction infuriated the nonprofit watchdog organization Consumer Watchdog, which called out Google executives as hypocrites. More →
The arrival of Google Glass, along with smartwatches from Apple, Samsung and LG, could help the wearable-computer market swell to become a $6 billion industry by 2016, Bloomberg reported. Companies and independent developers have been quick to adopt these new platforms and are looking to get a head start on the next big app market. More →
It can sometimes be unsettling when a person winks at you from across the bar. A Google Glass developer has brought things to a whole new level with a new application that allows Google’s wearable computing device to snap a picture with a simple wink of the eye. Developer Mike DiGiovanni was able to enable the wink gesture in Google Glass and has released the source code so that others to utilize the feature as well. The application, cleverly known as Winky, allows users to snap a photo even if the screen is turned off, effectively eliminating the need to issue a voice command. More →
Additional specs are beginning to trickle out as developers begin to get their hands on Google Glass devices. It was already revealed that Google’s computer headset was equipped with a 640 x 360 display, 16GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera. Developer Jay Lee, who received a developer prototype of Glass, has found that the device runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, the same CPU as the original Kindle Fire and DROID RAZR. The developer also discovered that there was 682MB of useable RAM, although he believes there is 1GB of RAM in total since some of the RAM is being used for “other hardware purposes.”
Smart glass devices such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, and now research firm IHS predicts that shipments of smart glasses could reach 9.4 million units between 2012 and 2016. Initial shipments are expected to be around 124,000 units this year as Google Glass becomes available to developers. Adoption is expected to accelerate by 250% in 2014 as Glass becomes available to the general public. Google’s efforts to promote application development and increased competition in the market could result in sales rising to as high as 6.6 million units per year in 2016. The firm warns, however, that shipments could be as low as a million units through 2016 if the public is turned off by the device’s high price. IHS’s press release follows below. More →
The initial release of Google Glass is just around the corner. The company has confirmed that the Explorer Edition models are coming off the production line and are expected to arrive at doorsteps in the coming weeks. In anticipation of arrival, Google on Monday published a list of hardware specifications for its new wearable computing device. Glass is equipped with a 640 x 360 display that is the “equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from eight feet away,” along with 16GB of internal storage, of which 12GB is actually useable and is able to sync to Google Drive. More →
Google Glass is generating a considerable amount of buzz for a product that isn’t going to hit the market until later this year. The highly anticipated device has become so popular that other companies are already thinking about producing their own wearable technology. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets revealed in a note to investors on Thursday that he believes Microsoft (MSFT) may be developing its own Internet-connected glasses that would come to market in 2014, AppleInsider reported. The analyst claims that Google Glass will be the beginning of a “major push” into wearable technology. Earlier reports have suggested that several big-name technology companies including Apple (AAPL), Samsung (005930), LG (066570)and Google (GOOG) are all working on the next-generation of wearable accessories.
Google (GOOG) confirmed on Tuesday that a prescription version of Google Glass will be released later this year. There had been concerns that the company’s highly anticipated device would be unavailable to consumers who rely on traditional glasses to see, however this won’t be the case. Google revealed that while a prescription version won’t be available when the Explorer Edition of Google Glass launches this summer, the company expects to release a version that will support prescription lenses ahead of the holiday season. Google Glass is expected to launch later this year for under $1,500.