Google Glass update adds smartwatch-style notifications
Google Glass will soon have the ability to show notifications from a smartphone on the heads-up display, a feature common to smartwatches. Notifications Sync on Glass will show all notifications from the connected Android smartphone, not just those which offer Glass functionality, with the software update expected to roll out to users of the MyGlass app this week.
Researchers put 40 students in driving simulator to simulate speech-to-text distractions
In a joint study between the University of Central Florida and Air Force Research Laboratories, researcher Ben Sawyer found that drivers wearing Google Glass are just as distracted as those using smartphones to text. The study attempted to discover the level of driver distraction using Google Glass, a hands-free device that many claimed offers no or a lesser degree of distraction than other in-car devices.
MyGlass iOS update automatically synchronizes photos between Google Glass, iPhone
An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled, viewable both via the app and a separate MyGlass album. The Android version of the app reportedly already has the function built in.
Google Glass developer kit adds support for external webcams
Google has added support for external cameras to Google Glass, on top of the existing built-in imaging sensor. Android Police reports the latest Glass Development Kit update enables the use of an external webcam connected via a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable, though it warns plug-and-play does not work, and if it includes a microphone, it may disable voice commands. Glass owners looking to try it out will have to wait for a developer to create an app for it, as Google does not supply an application to view through a connected webcam.
In-store testing of Google Glass provided to potential users
Google is stepping up its Glass promotional efforts, by offering free demonstrations of the wearable device. The search company is sending e-mails to potential users interested in the headwear, inviting them to to try it out, supervised by a Google employee, at one of the Glass service centers in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
Former researcher previously led Google Glass and Google Contact Lenses teams
What started with a social media message turned into confirmation that Amazon has made a high-profile hire. Babak Parviz, formerly of Google as part of their Google X division, has been hired into an unspecified role with the Internet retailer. Parviz's replacement as the Google Glass lead was announced in May as Ivy Ross.
Vue cinemas bans Google Glass from UK movie screenings
Google Glass has been banned from cinemas in the United Kingdom, one week after the head-mounted device went on sale in the country. Following the lead of the Alamo Drafthouse, Vue cinemas has taken a stand against Glass, reports The Independent, while Cinema Exhibitors' Association chief executive Phil Clapp warns that customers will be requested not to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, "whether the film is playing or not."
Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used
In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.
Memory boost for Google Glass helps shorten app loading times
Google has upgraded the hardware of Google Glass, just after putting the head-mounted device on sale outside of the United States for the first time. Ahead of today's Google I/O developer conference, the company has revealed the headset has received a boost to its RAM, from 1GB to 2GB, as well as a number of other changes to its onboard software.
Open beta Explorer program now includes the UK, participants still need to buy-in
Google decided to give customers on the other side of the pond a crack at Google Glass. The company said that is now offering the open beta Explorer program to residents of the UK. This expansion to marks the first time that Google Glass has been sold to residents outside of the United States. However, participation in the program still comes at a hefty price.
Alamo Drafthouse institutes policy requiring Glass be removed during films
Alamo Drafthouse is taking its policy on interruptive technology to new levels this week with a ban on Google Glass. Company CEO Tim League announced the official adoption of the policy on Twitter yesterday. While the ban doesn't keep people from wearing the recording devices inside the theaters, once a film starts playing, it is now required that the device be removed from the wearer's head.
Combination of common MAC string, Aircrack-NG cuts off Glass internet access
An artist has developed a utility to detect Google Glass devices attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi device. The app, compatible with Raspberry Pi and other mini-computers, detects a unique string in the MAC address common to all Google Glass devices so far, impersonates a conventional Wi-Fi network, and sends a de-authorization command to the Glass, cutting it off from the Wi-Fi router.
Ivy Ross leads Google Glass effort, Adrian Wong leaves for Oculus VR
The leadership of Googles Glass has changed, with the tech giant hiring a fashion executive to head up the team. Ivy Ross, formerly of a string of high-profile companies, joins Google at the same time as news that lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong has left the project and Google in favor of Facebook and recent-acquisition Oculus VR.
Competitor to Google Glass could be unveiled by Samsung at IFA
Samsung may launch its own version of Google Glass in September, according to a report. The manufacturer is preparing to reveal "Gear Glass" in time for IFA 2014, an electronics show held in early September in Berlin, Germany, and like the Gear 2 smart watch, it is believed that the device will run using Tizen as its operating system instead of Android.
Latest sale to last longer than previous sale attempt, still beta priced at $1500
Google has reopened sales of Google Glass to the public without an invitation, following an "overwhelming" response to a single day sale in April. The recently-announced sale isn't a full blown consumer launch of the product, but will give those wishing to join the Explorer Program time to do so before the device opens to a "wider consumer launch" later this year.
Low construction cost of Glass units refuted by Google
Google Glass costs less than six percent of the current $1,500 purchase price to acquire the parts for construction, a teardown of the head-mounted device reports. An estimated bill of materials suggests Google pays just $79.78 for the materials of each Glass unit, suggesting Google could easily lower the price of the device before it has a wider public release.
Setting keeps Google Glass from backing up over cellular connection
Google has updated its Glass smart headwear with three changes to make it more usable. At the same time as the software update, Google's Niantic Labs has improved its Field Trip app for Glass, adding a new voice command that immediately takes users not only to the app, but also immediately starts recommending places to visit nearby.
New Calendar Glassware will display upcoming agendas
People pairing Google Glass with an iPhone will get promised SMS support "in the next few days," according to Google. Because of the closed nature of iOS, iPhone owners won't actually be able to send texts from Glass. They will, however, be able to receive notifications on their headset. To enable the option people will have to go into an iPhone's Bluetooth settings, and turn on "Show Notifications" for the paired hardware. Android users already have full SMS support.
Google Glass Home Try-On scheme sends Glass units, frames to customers
Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on kit" to be sent to them, including a variety of Glass units and its Titanium Collection prescription frames.
Google Glass update bundles media together for simpler navigation
Google has revealed it will be updating Glass to Android KitKat later this week. While the update introduces a number of changes, including a more refined photographic experience, Google has decided to remove its video calling function from the wearable device, claiming that it has received poor user feedback over the function, and that less than ten percent use it in the first place.
Google opening up Google Glass sale April 15 for one day
Confirming earlier rumors, Google is opening up wearable computing device Google Glass for purchase for one day in the US. Any US adult can join the Explorer program with any shade or frame for $1,500, plus applicable local sales tax. Available devices are limited. Purchase begins April 15 at 6AM PDT.
US Patent and Trademark Office objects to single word 'Glass' trademark from Google
Google has hit a minor stumbling block in releasing its Glass smart headwear, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO is resisting an application to trademark the single term "Glass," with a letter to the company unearthed by the Wall Street Journal revealing a pair of objections by one examiner, though this is unlikely to have stalled the device's eventual release.
Glasses manufacturer to assist with design, production, distribution of Google Glass
Google is partnering with Luxottica, the manufacturer behind Ray-Ban and Oakley, to work on designs for the search company's Glass project. The agreement will not only cover the creation of new frames for Google Glass, but will also see the premium eyewear brand assisting with its manufacturing expertise and, potentially, distribution of Glass via its retail stores.
Android, Chrome head Pichai reveals SDK for wearable device plans
Google will be helping developers create software for wearable devices, by releasing a software development kit specifically for the gadgets, the head of Android and Chrome has revealed to an audience in Austin, Texas. Sundar Pichai advised during a SXSW interview that the company would provide an Android-based SDK for wearables within the next two weeks, as well as discussing in-car technology, the Chromecast, and other topics.
App has utility in retail; Autism and healthcare utilities possible
Facial expression recognition company Emotient has announced the availability of its Sentiment Analysis prototype application for Google Glass, which is currently being released as a private beta with select partners and customers. The company claims that among other uses, the software could be used by retailers to improve the understanding of customer sentiment, as well as customer satisfaction.
Three states' officials contacted by Google-funded lobbyists
According to reports, Google is attempting to stop legislation that would mark Google Glass as a hazard to driving. Elected officials in Delaware, Illinois, and Missouri have allegedly been contacted, with the search engine giant claiming that it isn't necessary to restrict Google Glass use by drivers as the technology is still in its infancy, and not widely available to the public.
Guidance could help make Google Glass more socially acceptable
Google has provided advice to owners of its Glass headwear, by offering a list of Do's" and "Don'ts" for its usage. The guidance page on the Glass website reads as a list of suggestions for best usage of Google Glass itself, as well as use of the device in social situations, including one item specifically advising "Don't be creepy or rude (aka, a 'Glasshole')".
Virgin Atlantic to provide concierge staff Google Glass, Sony smartwatch devices
Virgin Atlantic airline has announced its introduction of wearable technology amongst its Upper Class Wing concierge staff. Using either Google Glass or Sony Smartwatch technology, staff will be able to facilitate a thorough check-in process, providing up-to-the-minute flight information, weather, local events information, and language translation, and more. The gear will be equipped with a dispatch app built by air transport IT company SITA, which will manage all task allocation and concierge availability. The app pushes individual passenger information directly to the assigned concierge's smart glasses or watch just as the passenger arrives at the Upper Class Wing, using facial recognition. The integration of wearable technology is initially set to be a six-week pilot program.
Device may offer advantages to patrolling officers
One of the largest police departments in the United States is said to be experimenting with Google Glass as a way to give officers more tools in the field. The New York Police Department is looking into the idea of the everyday use of the device for widespread law enforcement applications; something of a reversal compared to how other law enforcement organizations currently handle the device.
Prescription frames supplied with plain lenses for all Glass wearers
Google has unveiled its long-rumored Google Glass units for prescription glasses wearers, in preparation for its expected launch later this year. The four sets of spectacles, part of the Google Glass Titanium Collection, replace the headband used by the normal Explorer Edition with traditional-looking frames, with Google optionally shipping them containing non-prescription lenses to give more style options to non-glasses wearers.
Questioning of man lasted for over three hours, no pirated content found
Over the weekend, a viewer of the new movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was removed from the showing, reportedly roughly, by Federal officials accusing him of pirating the movie by recording it through his Google Glass device. Since initial reports, the story has been confirmed by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as the AMC movie chain.
Police cite visible-monitor law
A California driver is reportedly set for one of the first legal skirmishes over the use of Google Glass while driving. After being pulled over for traveling 80mph in a 65mph zone on Interstate 15 near San Diego, Cecilia Abadie received a second citation for "driving with a monitor visible" due to the electronic eyewear.
Google may plot wearable device with biosensors
The Google division that developed the search giant's Glass wearable computing device appears to be plotting more devices incorporating a number of biosensors. This according to Businessweek, which says the development means that the firm could be moving into much more advanced wearable devices than Google Glass, including contacts that help their wearers monitor their biological data. The move also signals that Google is taking a much more serious look at ensuring that if it does move into such technology it will do so with an eye toward ensuring that it adheres to all relevant regulatory matters.
Google Play Music All Access users get Glass Access
In the run-up to a wider release of its Google Glass wearable computing device, Google is giving users of its Google Play Music All Access service the chance to join the Glass Explorer Program. The program allows the willing to purchase the head-mounted computer for $1,500, thus joining the other Explorers who have had the device for some time. This is but the latest in a series of widenings of the program, as Google is continually expanding access to the device before it launches perhaps some time later this year.
Shazam for iPhone update brings background listening
Shazam's iPhone app got an update on Thursday that brings the Auto Shazam function already present in the iPad version to Apple's bestselling smartphone. Now, Shazam continuously recognizes popular music and television playing around a user, even when the phone is locked or when a user leaves the Shazam app. When a user activates the app, it will then display what it has most recently tagged.
Google lets iOS Glass owners pair through new app
Update: The app has now disappeared from the App Store with no explanation from Google.
Google has released a new app for iOS, one that allows owners of its Google Glass wearable computing device to pair their headsets with an iPhone or iPad. The new MyGlass for iOS app hit the App Store on Tuesday, expanding Google Glass' compatibility beyond the Android operating system. Google notes in the app's description that the app does of course require having access to the search giant's still-in-beta head-mounted computer in order to be of any use.
Internet gets a look at Glasses with Glass
A version of Google Glass that is compatible with prescription glasses has shown up in new pictures posted to the Internet, giving a look at what Google has in mind for its wearable technology project. The images, since taken down, showed up on the Google+ page of a Google employee, and they were picked up by BGR. Google has long said that it plans for Glass to be compatible with prescription eyewear, as a failure to do so would eliminate it as a possibility for a sizable portion of the American populace.
Google Glass owners have 60 days to exchange for new device
Google is giving current Google Glass owners the option to upgrade their device for free. The search company is offering the newest version of the head-mounted display to existing Explorer owners if they exchange the one they are currently using, with owners starting to receive e-mails inviting them to swap their units for the newer model.
Head-mounted Google Glass competitor goes on sale
Augmented reality device manufacturer Vuzix has put its own smart headwear on sale to the public, beating Google Glass to a general release. The M100 Smart Glasses, initially shown by the company late last year and previously only sold as part of a developer kit, takes after the Google device in providing a large amount of smartphone-like behavior into a head-mounted display.
Explorer Program continues to expand
Following reports of a boost in Google Glass production, the search company has begun inviting more developers to participate in the pilot program. An invitation e-mail posted by Ubergizmo suggests the expanded availability is still limited to approved invitees and retains the current $1500 price tag, though it is viewed as another small step toward the anticipated public launch.
Google working to put Glass in optometry offices
Google is working with eyewear companies to make fashionable frames and lenses that are compatible with its Google Glass wearable computing device. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Internet giant was in talks with VSP Global, a vision benefits provider, to develop special prescription lenses using Glass. Google is also looking to work with optometrists in order to ensure that they are able to fit their patients with the device when it launches.
Google Glass-compatible frames for prescription lenses due in January
Rochester Optical is working on creating frames for prescription lenses that will work with Google Glass. The eyewear manufacturer is hoping to capitalize on the apparent lack of progress that Google has made towards modifying its existing Explorer Edition headsets for use by those who normally wear glasses, by designing frames that could easily accept the wearable device.
High Glass accessory prices likely to fall on general release
Google has started to sell accessories for its Google Glass headset, in an online store visible only to current Glass owners. Though currently limited in terms of what it has on offer, the store hints at the kind of post-purchase experience owners of Google Glass will be letting themselves in for once the device sees a more-general release.
Cecelia Abadie pulled over for speeding, additional charge of display use
In what is possibly the first ticket issued at least in part for the usage of Google Glass while driving, San Francisco resident Cecilia Abadie was cited both for speeding, with an additional charge applied by the citing officer because she was using Google Glass while driving, and in doing so, violating a law prohibiting display use by the driver.
Only visible external improvement to Glass is a mono earbud
Just one day after Google expanded its Glass Explorers program for the eponymous wearable device, the search engine displayed a minor evolution of the product. The only obvious change to the device is the addition of a single monaural earbud, connecting to the main device through the charging and synchronization micro-USB port.
Device still not available at retail until some time in 2014
[Updated with Google's relaunch of Explorer program] According to sources close to Google, the search engine giant is planning a significant increase in the amount of Google Glass wearable computing devices being manufactured. The speedier production is expected to make tens of thousands of the device in the coming months, peaking during the end of the holiday season. Widespread release is still not expected until next year.
Large floating construction hit by permitting issues
A large structure is being built on a barge in San Francisco Bay by Google, according to a number of reports. The barge, located at a former Navy base in the area, is thought to be either a large floating data center, or as an alternative and highly speculative option, a structure devoted to marketing Google Glass and other Google products.
Possible competitor for Google Glass from Samsung
Samsung is working on its own head-mounted display to take on Google Glass, a new patent filing reveals. Partly confirming an earlier rumor, the design patent filing shows a pair of spectacles listed as "sports glasses," with its general design and functionality bearing a considerable resemblance to that of Google's own device.
Microsoft eyeing wearables market
Microsoft is looking into possibly entering the wearable computing segment itself, reportedly with a device that would rival the Glass head-mounted unit being produced by Google. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the software giant had contacted a number of supplier firms in Asia, asking them to supply cameras and key components for head-mounted device prototypes. The report notes, though, that it is entirely possible that any devices in the works may never see actual release.
Sony Xperiz Z1 f 'mini' appears in another leak
Sony's rumored Xperia Z1 f, also referred to as the Honami mini or Z1 mini, has surfaced in yet another leak. Images of an NTT DoCoMo brochure, posted by UnwiredView add to numerous leaks and suggest Sony is nearing an official unveiling. The device is said to share many of the same features as the current Z1 flagship, but with a smaller 4.3-inch display.