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.
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.