Uncovered patent shows Samsung working on a Google Glass competitor

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The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses aren’t all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a Glass-like device.

As you can see in the image above, Samsung would keep the device’s design very simple. Rather than wearing it like a pair of glasses, this wearable would be worn on an ear with a built-in earbud. The display extends forward to be in front of the users eye. And the display can be moved out of the way when not in use. Whether or not this device ever gets released is unknown, but do be prepared if Samsung does decide to do so.

Source: KIPRIS (PDF)
Via: Engadget

 

Hoverboards, Teleportation and Space Elevators? Just some of the projects the Google X team discussed

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People always wonder what projects Google’s secret division dubbed as “Google X” considers each year. Thankfully, a couple members of this secret Google division came out and discussed some of the projects that were talked about. Hoverboards, teleportation and space elevators were all talked about and while it seems very far-fetched and a far reach, you have to reach for the stars in order to achieve something great, right?

While it’s not practical for the technology we currently have, I like the idea that Google at least talks about these ideas. Lets face it, ever since we all saw “Back to the Future 2,” I think it’s safe to say we all have wished for hoverboards to be invented someday. While the projects of teleportation and space elevators have been shelved due to the high cost of money and the need to break certain laws of physics, who knows, maybe we’ll see these projects being revisited in the decades to come?

source: Fast Company

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup. » Read the rest

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

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Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.

“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

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Google wants more eye real estate with camera-embedded contact lenses

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Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.

You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.

Source: Patent Bolt

Google Glass update to come this week with Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google Glass hasn’t been updated in a while now, but the next update is set to be released later this week. The update will bring a number of things to Glass, including Android 4.4 KitKat!

KitKat isn’t the only thing that will be added in the update. The update will also feature photo bundles, allowing users to view their timeline in a more organized, bundled fashion. It will also allow users to reply to a message in Hangouts with a photo.

Other new features include voice command sorting, making it easier to view voice commands in an organized fashion, and video calls.

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Plastic surgeon aided by Google Glass while operating on patients

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Google and their Google Glass project continue to look for ways the devices can benefit users as part of an effort to turn the tide of public skepticism over the devices. The latest example of a positive use comes to us once again from the medical field where plastic surgeon Ramtin Kassir is using Google Glass in a variety of ways when dealing with patients. Similar to other reports of Glass being used to record or live stream activities in the operating room, Dr. Kassir is doing the same thing with his patients, along with accessing medical records hands-free without leaving the patient. Dr. Kassir thinks Google Glass could be a game changer for doctors.

Dr. Kassir indicates that he continues to dream up new ways to use Google Glass ever since he was accepted into the Explorer program, Google’s beta testing program for Glass. Another example he provided was when he setup a big screen TV that a patient could watch while he used Glass’s video capabilities to display a crooked spetum and clogged sinuses. Dr. Kassir is also providing recordings of consultation visits to patients so they can review them at a later time. He can also make videos of actual surgeries available to patients.

In addition to use cases from the medical field, news about military and public safety uses of the devices continue to surface helping Google make the case for Google Glass.

source: NY Post

Google to update Android icons to more resemble web icons

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We have already heard that Android and Chrome will unite under Project Hera, so it’s no surprise that the same will happen with icons. Right now, Google has different icons for the web and Android, but Android Police is reporting that Android icons will be altered to more resemble web icons.

Of course, all Google projects have an internal name, and this one is “Moonshine.” It’s expected that Android icons will become flatter, with long, hard shadows. This change could also bring updated design guidelines because the current square or circular boilerplate icons wouldn’t fit in.

Hit the break for all the proposed Android icons.

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Google promises to stick with Google wallet despite slow adoption

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Google gave a presentation at the recent Electronic Transaction Association’s trade show in Las Vegas. While they acknowledged that consumers have been slow to embrace the mobile payment service Google Wallet, they also said that they plan to stick with it.

Ariel Bardin, the chief of Google Wallet gave the presentation, and mentioned that when Google Wallet was launched it relied on NFC technology and only one carrier – Sprint – to push it. This limited the reach that the service had, and after a year it only supported one credit card and bank combination.

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