Google Glass wows fire chief

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Although many people are concerned about the impact of Google Glass devices on society, at least one local firefighter thinks Google’s new technology is something positive. Gray Fire Chief Max Wood entered Google’s #ifihadGlass contest and ended up scoring a pair, which he has already started using for training purposes. Wood’s contest entry described how he thinks Glass could be used to improve firefighter safety by providing pre-planning maps to firefighters for low visibility situations. In addition, the devices could be used to establish a real-time video feed for incident commanders with their firefighters that are making entry.

Chief Wood realizes some more work needs to be done to create the apps to make all this happen. Extensive testing also needs to be completed to ensure the devices can hold up to the harsh environments they would be subjected to. Until then though, Chief Wood plans to use a pair to record videos and pictures of working fire scenes that can later be incorporated into training videos. He will be able to spend some time with the actual device thanks to Google which selected Wood as a winner of a pair in the #ifihadGlass contest. According to Chief Wood, he received the device on Friday and by Sunday was already filming a working fire scene.

Kudos to Chief Wood on his idea. We hope it bears the fruit he envisions and helps keep firefighters safer.

source: WMAZ
via: 9to5Google

Qualcomm plans to help develop standard for hybrid wireless charging as it joins Power Matters Alliance

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Wireless charging has been getting more and more attention as of late, and yesterday we showed you that remote wireless charging was even possible. Today, we have news that Qualcomm has joined the Power Matters Alliance and has plans to develop the standard for hybrid wireless charging.

This news comes only a month after Qualcomm joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Qualcomm will reportedly take on a “senior leadership role” at the Power Matters Alliance, and will work on ways for PMA devices (PowerMat) to receive wireless power using both low-frequency induction and high-frequency resonance.

If they are successful, more devices will be compatible with a wider range of wireless charging docks/stations/mats.

It’s all good news for consumers, who will have many more options on the market very soon.

Source: Engadget

Samsung invests in PowerbyProxi to push the Qi standard for wireless charging

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Wireless charging is still a mess since there continues to be no standard, but that hasn’t stopped companies from making moves. Samsung (Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation) just made yet another move by investing $4 million in PowerbyProxi, which supports the Qi standard. Both companies are also part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). On the surface, this sounds like we are moving closer to unification, but lets not forget that Samsung is also a member of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which uses a completely different standard.

While all these companies try to figure it all out, yet another option is gaining traction which utilizes Cota technology. It allows for devices to be charged remotely with no wires or pads up to 30 feet away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we will have a standard anytime soon.

source: GigaOm

Remote Wireless charging could be a reality in 2015 thanks to Cota technology

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Someday in the future, our devices will constantly charge without us needing to worry about running out of power. Wireless charging pads are nothing new, but what about true wireless charging as in remotely? Thanks to Ossia Inc. that might be a reality soon. Recently at TechCrunch Disrupt, they showcased what they are calling Cota technology. It can deliver targeted energy to multiple devices up to 30 feet away with no wires or pads. People will be able to use Cota to not only charge smartphones, but also remote controls, cameras, video game controllers, and more. During their demonstration at Disrupt, they charged a smartphone from a distance of 10 feet away (see demo below)

“We have been developing the Cota technology in stealth for the last six years,” said Ossia CEO, Hatem Zeine. “By revealing for the very first time real wireless power that is remote, efficient and safe, Ossia expects to change everything you think you know about wireless power. Cota will unleash the imagination of product designers and entrepreneurs globally to innovate and create new products that only exist in a completely wireless state – one that is always on and always ready.”

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A.I Watch hopes to be a standalone smartphone on your wrist

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With all of the smartwatches hitting the market this year, it is not surprising that yet another company hopes to get in on the action. Swissco Ltd has created an Indigogo project to fund mass production of the A.I. Watch, a device that not only serves as a typical small-screen device worn on the wrist in the manner of a wristwatch, with the capability of holding a SIM card and the necessary antennas it can function as a standalone smartphone. » Read the rest

MOGA Hero Power and Pro Power controllers go live for preorder on Amazon with a November shipping date

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If you’re interested in preordering the new MOGA Power series controllers on Amazon, the pages are officially live to place an order, with one drawback; they won’t be shipping until November 14th. That’s quite a bit later than the October shipping date for the controllers ordered through MOGA’s official shop by about a month. The upside is that you do get Prime shipping if you’re a member, and free shipping is always a plus.

The MOGA Power Hero is the updated version of the Pocket controller. It packs an 1800 mAh batter and refined analog sticks and a d-pad. The Power Pro is a beefier option with a 2200 mAh battery and a controller that rivals console input devices. They’ll run $59.99 and $79.99, respectively, which is par the course for nice controllers on consoles and computers.

Are you interested in shelling out that kind of cash for a controller like this for your device? You can check out the Amazon preorder pages below.

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Galaxy Gear already performs basic functions with Galaxy S 4

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While we know it will be supported in October, we now know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is already performing basic functions with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Planete Galaxy uploaded a video that shows off what the two devices are able to do together. Changing themes and music, transferring photos, and creating alerts are all possible as of now.

If you’re interested in picking up a Galaxy Gear in the United States, it becomes available alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in early October. Hit the break for the video. » Read the rest

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 3 accessories listed

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Galaxy Note 3 Accessories

I’ve never been much of an accessories guy, but some are all in for getting the latest and greatest gear to supplement their devices. Samsung recently released a list of the official accessories they’ll be offering for the Galaxy Note 3 including the S View Cover and Mini Purse, which were already announced. Now we’re getting to see some new additions such as the S Charger Cover, S Charger Kit, and the Desktop dock.

Prices are sure to be a bit high, but that’s expected from OEM-branded accessories. If you’re looking to spend less, look for some unofficial accessories from third-party brands. Availability and other information is not yet available. Check the source for pictures.

Source: Samsung

Ouya releases firmware update, includes bug-fixes and improves discoverability of games

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Ouya recently released a new software update to their Android-powered gaming console which includes some bug-fixes and improvements that deal with the discoverability of games.

The user-interface has been slightly tweaked— games that were previously downloaded are now found in the back row in the Discover section. Games that you don’t currently have will now be more visible… obviously a marketing move by the company. There are a few other adjustments, including the option to “bury” games that you are not interested in, and a notification that will tell you when a game has finished downloading and is ready to be played.

Ouya provided a change-log of the bug-fixes, which include:

- Fixed an issue where sometimes a system update would cancel and not inform the user, so only a blank downloading bar would appear.
- Fixed an issue where high bandwidth could actually cause performance issues and crashes while navigating menus.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the OUYA to overheat in some cases.
- Fixed a handful of crashes that could occur after browsing DISCOVER for a long period of time.

Solid update for the console, and there may me more to come in the near future regarding external storage support.

Source: DroidGamers

Mini Purse for Galaxy Note 3 unveiled

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Galaxy Note 3 Mini Purse

Samsung made a lot of noise with their flip covers for their devices, and thought it would be a good idea to create the “Mini Purse” accessory for the Galaxy Note 3. It’s a case that not only holds your phone, but also all of your credit cards, cash, or whatever else you wish to hold. The case will be released in blue and more colors may be available over time.

Source: SamMobile