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.
Rumor points to April release
Samsung is rumored to be working directly with Google to build a device similar to Google Glass. In a tweet posted by Eldar Murtazin, described by CNET as an analyst and "occasional leaker" with sources at Samsung, the product is said to be called the Gear Glass.
Google updates Glass Explorer Edition, app to avoid tethering charges
Google has updated the Explorer Edition of Google Glass, allowing users to avoid tethering fees on their carrier's data plans. The XE9 firmware, discovered by user Nick Starr, appears to allow the headwear to send and receive data via its companion app on a smartphone, with Engadget reporting that it is bypassing the phones Bluetooth tethering settings.
Google Earth for Android update shows geotagged images on map
The Android app for Google Earth has been updated to show photographs taken by the user, inside a new Google+ Photos layer. Geotagged photos uploaded to Google+ can now be viewed in the app, with the images appearing as thumbnails in the locations where they were taken, with selected photos opening a full-screen slideshow for the album the photo is filed within.
Apple downplays upcoming competition
Apple has updated Siri with a number of jabs at Google Glass, users note. Most commands for the Glass headset are issued through voice, and prefaced by saying "Okay Glass." Using that phrase in Siri, though, will now trigger one of several jokes about the device.
Store-within-a-store could help initial rollout of head-mounted computer
Google is looking towards renting space in all Best Buy stores in the United States in 2014, according to a new rumor. The floorspace rental within the big box retailer would in theory be used to sell Google Glass to customers, and would follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and Samsung in launching a store-within-a-store for their own products.
Google considered silly phrases to activate Glass
Google's "OK, Glass" hotword to activate its wearable computing device wasn't the only phrase the search giant considered. Googler Amanda Rosenberg recently related a story about the process the Glass developer team went through to determine the correct phrase that users would say in order to activate Google Glass. Among the considered options, silly terms like "Clap On" and "Pew pew pew."
Referral scheme e-mails sent to 'small subset' of Glass owners
Google is opening up its wearable mobile device to more participants, by allowing existing owners to invite other potential users. E-mails received by a number of current Google Glass users provide a form that will send an invitation for the Glass Explorer Program to a friend or colleague, who will be able to get hold of their own Google headset.
Himax investment could be increased to 1.8-percent within a year
Google has made an investment in the company that constructs parts for its Google Glass device. The buying of a 6.3-percent stake in head-mounted display technology manufacturer Himax will help the producer in improving its 'liquid crystal on silicon chip' production, as well as allowing Google to secure the company as a component supplier for future devices, once the investment closes later this quarter.
New patch latest in monthly series to enhance, secure device
Google's wearable Google Glass device has a new update available. The new firmware and software revision adds more hands-free voice commands, an improved web browser, bug fixes, and assorted security fixes. The new revision will be available to all users "over the next couple days" according to the Google blog post announcing the patch.
Texas Instruments processor, Sandisk memory used in Glass
The Explorer Edition of Google Glass uses a non-replaceable 570mAh battery, according to a recent teardown. The main pod containing the 2.1Wh single-cell Lithium Polymer battery and the Glass hardware itself is also found to be removable from its main frame by a single Torx screw, suggesting that the device has at least some user-serviceable areas, with other parts not easily reached.
Google says facial recognition Glassware is a no go
Google will not be approving any facial recognition apps for its Google Glass wearable computing device, citing privacy concerns. The Project Glass team made the announcement on Friday in a post to its Google+ page. The decision reportedly came after the team listened to an immense amount of feedback from Glass users and people concerned about the impact of the technology.
Always-on voice commands, wink-based photography
Google Glass has a number of hidden features not normally available to users, giving a hint for what is in store for future iterations of the onboard software. Hidden inside the firmware of the Explorer Edition headset are a number of "Labs" items that were left behind by Google in the device, including options to keep the "Ok Glass" voice command function always listening, and the ability to launch a browser.
Head-mounted display for glasses wearers still being developed
Google is still working on a version of its head-mounted display for wearers of glasses, it has emerged. A number of Google employees roaming the Google I/0 developer event were said to be wearing the modified version of Google Glass, working with prescription lenses and a different frame to the headband usually provided with the device.
Stores alleged to focus just on Glass brand, teach customers
Google is planning to create stores to sell Google Glass to customers, according to a rumor. The search company is allegedly working on making the retail locations with the aim of helping the end users with setting up their devices before leaving the store, a similar process to what Google is doing with developers initially receiving their Explorer edition devices.
Features so far reserved for Android
iPhone owners with early access to Google Glass will soon also be able to use the glasses' navigation and text messaging features, a Google worker tells TechCrunch. Getting either function currently requires the official Android companion app. In the near future, though, Glass will be able to access them regardless of the device it's tethered to. Exact timing hasn't been mentioned.
Minute-long video explains adjustment, basic navigation
Google Glass will have at least one app for it upon its consumer release, following reports that a Twitter client is being worked on for the device. The news of the app comes at the same time as the search company releases a video explaining to future users how to use the wearable computing system, with a heavy emphasis on controls via the touchpad.
Code released after hackers gained root access to headset
Google has released the kernel GPL source code for Google Glass, in an effort to provide developers more information on how Glass actually functions. The download, measuring in at around 65 megabytes, comes in the wake of hardware hackers successfully gaining root access to a developer edition of the device within hours, by using already-existing Android exploits.
Rooting of Google headset could allow local file storage options
The Google Glass headset has been rooted, shortly after it has started being issued by the search giant to developers. Jay Freeman, a hacker that goes by "Saurik" and creator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads, gained access to a level that he could theoretically prevent the device from being affected by Google's own restrictions.
Wearers of Glass need to learn, create new social etiquette rules
A release of Google Glass for the general public may take place early next year. Executive chairman Eric Schmidt suggested that the version of Glass that will be provided to customers is "probably a year-ish away," which could give time for developers to create applications using the now-shipping Explorer edition.
Google Glass companion app includes 'Eye Gestures' functions
Google may allow for users of Glass to use their eyes to control the headset. A user by the name of fodawim on Reddit found eye options hidden in the code of the companion app for Android, specifically functions for winking. Of the five, two related to wink calibration, two turned the function on and off, and one last seems to allow a wink to trigger a photo from its 5-megapixel camera. Other eye-related controls have yet to be found, though the company has patented a number of different control systems that could potentially be used with Glass.
Files found within Google Glass app include multiplayer features
Google may be creating its own gaming platform, according to a report. The MyGlass companion app for Google Glass was found to contain a folder labeled "games" that held a number of files relating to various game-related functionality, something that the search giant could allow developers to implement for all apps downloadable through play, not just for Glass.
Google issues draconian Terms of Service for Google Glass Explorer edition
The Terms of Sale for the Google Glass Explorer edition has been found to forbid the reselling or loaning of the device, reports Wired. The much-hyped Google smart eyewear has been in hot demand since Google made the device available for purchase by developers following a competition to get early access to a limited number of the devices. While few are quibling over Google taking taking steps to avoid scalpers selling on their device for a profit, the inability for users to loan their Google Glass device has been criticized as being overly restrictive.
First Google Glass headsets leave manufacturing
The specifications of Google Glass have been revealed through a Google support page. The internal details of the headwear are published at the same time as the company begins to produce units for the first wave of Glass pre-orders, along with Mirror API details for developers, and the a companion Android app.
First registrations to get Glass by Google developer event
Google will be shipping Glass to developers "within the next month," according to comments made during the Google Ventures Glass Collective event. The Explorer Edition of Glass, meant for programmers and costing $1,500 per device, could reach customers before the company's developer event, Google I/O, on May 15th.
Google video shows how to develop for Google Glass
Google has posted a video to YouTube of its SXSW presentation detailing different aspects of how it envisions Google Glass coming to life when it launches late this year. The video embedded below highlights how Google Glass actually works over a Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth connection to a smartphone, which is how it connects to the Internet. The end result is that many of the functions that seem like onboard apps, are really cloud-based web apps that can be developed using the Project Glass Mirror API.
April Fools Day joke flushes out possible future Baidu product
Baidu is looking at possibly creating its own version of Google Glass. Following an April Fools' Day joke that apparently showed the company producing a head-mounted display with a number of similar features to Google's product, the Chinese search company has confirmed it is working on its own smart glasses, but only as a small-scale internal test for feasibility.
Google to work on providing Glass to businesses
Google is sending invitations out to participants in a social media campaign for the Google Glass Explorer reservation program. Individuals will receive a message from Google over Google+ or Twitter confirming the invite, if their entry to the #ifIhadglass competition was impressive enough to the search engine, over the next few days.
Google still creating version of Glass for prescription frames
Google has shown it is still developing a version of Glass for wearers of prescription glasses. A photograph on Google+ shows Google employee and wearable computing pioneer Greg Priest-Dorman wearing a version of Glass with the frame seen in the Explorer Edition replaced with seemingly normal glasses. Google states the prescription version will not be ready for release at the same time as the Explorer Edition, but apparently will still make an appearance later this year.
Applications to follow four Glass principles
Google has demonstrated some potential uses for its head-mounted display project at SXSW Interactive. Software, including versions of Gmail, Evernote, Path, and the New York Times, were shown off, explaining how Google Glass would interact and display the content using Google's Mirror API for the headwear.
Parking capacity, flight information potential uses for headset
Airline JetBlue has created mock-ups of how Google Glass could be used for air travel. A posting on Google+ shows a how the Glass interface could show a number of important details for passengers when they are in an airport, including information relating to flights, baggage, and airport car parking facilities.
Google Glass tethers to Android, iOS device, includes GPS chip
Google is hoping to release the consumer version of Google Glass before the end of this year. The head-mounted display will be a "fully-polished" version when it goes on sale, and will apparently be priced at or below $1,500, the price paid by software developers registering to receive the Explorer edition before the general public.
Authors describe direct display onto retina
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a Google patent application that appears to describe many of the technologies used in the company's Glass wearable display system. The authors describe the limitations to current wearable displays, including traditional screens that block the wearer's vision or heads-up displays that typically serve as passive headwear reliant on signals from external sources.
New UI uses 'OK Google' as command keyword
Google has created a new video showing off the user interface of the Google Glass headset. The video, an updated version of a previous video, has been revealed at the same time as Google opens up its Glass pre-orders to non-developers, allowing the Explorer edition of the headset to be ordered by "bold, creative individuals."
Developer edition of Project Glass expected in next few months
Google's head-mounted display, Google Glass, has made it's way to the Federal Communications Commission. The developer's edition of the headset, Google Glass Explorer Edition, has appeared in filings at the FCC, suggesting that those who paid for the $1,500 display will be receiving them in the coming months.
Startup Meta has partnered with Epson to break into the nascent wearable devices market. In contrast with Google’s Project Glass single display approach, Meta’s planned product will utilize dual 3D displays. It also aims to add further depth to the AR experience by incorporating 3D tracking for gesture control, which his highlighted in the video embedded below.
Head-mounted display to have Google-hosted two-day hackathons
Google is holding a pair of developer events to kickstart app development for Project Glass. E-mails have been sent to developers that bought the $1,500 developer edition of the head-mounted display, inviting them to the Google Glass Foundry events, where they will be given the chance to use the device, as well as to work on how to use the system's underlying software.