Vuzix’s Take On Google Glass Coming In 2013

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Vuzix announced its take on Google Glass called Smart Glasses M100. Although it has the familiar cyborg-like single-eye view screen, the M100 looks more like a Bluetooth device than a pair of glasses. Vuzix is calling the Android device, which will run Ice Cream Sandwich, a smartphone display and communications system. It’s set for an early 2013 release and will be able to do the things you’d expect from a hands-free device like calling and sending text messages as well as accessing email, and recording video and still images with its 720p HD camera.

Navigation and augmented reality apps should be interesting on the M100 as it contains an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness. Smart Glasses M100 will function with any Android or iOS app that supports output to an external monitor. That monitor is a WQVGA resolution screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its field of view is 16 degrees and the image will appear as though looking at a 4-inch display from a distance of 14-inches.

The battery life probably isn’t going to allow for any Life Blogging (do people still do that?) as it will only give you an hour of recording time with the screen on. Standard use should give you up to 8hrs. With the display on, the M100 will give you two hours of use. No pricing yet but Vuzix is offering developers the chance to get in early with a Vuzix Smart Glasses SDK, which includes a pre-production M100 for $999.

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Nexus 4 Bumper accessory shows up in the Play Store

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Worried about that shiny but vulnerable new glass back on your Nexus 4? Well, it seems as though Google has prepared an official solution to quell those fears. Google announced the accessory a few weeks back, though the official Nexus 4 Bumper has officially made its way to the Play Store. It’s not available for purchase just yet, though when it does go on sale, it will be priced at $19.99.

Personally, I’d much prefer a bumper as opposed to a traditional case, seeing as it takes less away from the smartphone’s aesthetics. However, $19.99 seems a bit steep to me. I guess that’s the price you pay to avoid hearing that rather unpleasant sound of your $350 phone’s glass shattering to pieces.

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CyanogenMod And Cruzerlite Team Up On Android Cases

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One place where Android devices have always lagged behind iPhones has been in case and accessory selection. But as promised, by Dan Savage and countless other celebrity It Gets Better videos, it has gotten better. The success of  phones like the Galaxy SIII has made some accessory manufacturers develop Android specific lines. Today, Cruzerlite announced a limited edition CyanogenMod case for three of Samsung’s biggest Android Phones. The TPU cases are black and features, Cid, the CyanogenMod mascot who has definitely grown on me since they made the change back in April. Cruzerlite is taking pre-orders from now until early December and offering 20% off.

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Green Throttle aiming to make your phone a game console

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We’re all aware that our devices are little beasts when it comes to processing power. The mobile gaming industry has definitely capitalized on the processing power of devices these days. It’s pretty amazing what we can play on our phones. Green Throttle wants to take it to the next level though. While there are a few ways to achieve what they’re doing currently, they’re looking to streamline the whole experience of using a Bluetooth controller, an HDMI-out cable, and a TV or monitor to play games console-style. Today, the team behind Guitar Hero, have made available a software development kit which will allow game developers to map game controls to their Bluetooth controllers and play the games on a larger TV or monitor.

Once it’s all hooked up and running, you’ll then have a game setup much like a console experience except the source is much smaller – and portable. There will be a few hurdles to jump in order for this to work long-term like developer buy-in, optimizing games for TV, and consumer acceptance but they’ll be releasing a few titles themselves so hopefully they’ll pave the way. Developers can pick up the bundle for $89.99 which includes everything you’ll need for testing your games. What do you think? Will Green Throttle gain some momentum and set the standard going forward? Also, tell us about your current Android device gaming setup.

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Google leaks info hinting at upcoming Google Wallet Card

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More news this week about a physical card coming from Google to expand the functionality of the Google Wallet app. The latest leak was discovered on Google’s own web site in the help section for Google Wallet. On the page listing eligible devices, Google’s text indicated “Eligible devices for use with Google Wallet card” and then went on to note that any device running Android 2.3.3 or better could install the Google Wallet app to use with the new card. It appears Google has taken steps to scrub the page clean, but not before visitors were able to grab screenshots. » Read the rest

Battery life woes could be solved with crushed silicon

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Current smartphone batteries haven’t really changed much since the days of the first Android smartphone even though new, more power hungry, smartphones are being continuously released. Engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and scientist Madhuri Thakur are aiming to change all this with batteries that can hold three times the charge in the same size as current batteries. Click through the break for more information.
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PowerA MOGA controller now available at AT&T for $49.99

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If you’re a mobile gamer, the PowerA MOGA controller just might be one of the best accessories available. It has already been available in stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Gamestop, and Toys  ”R” Us, but you can now find it in over 1,150 AT&T stores nationwide. So when you’re picking up your brand new Android phone this holiday season, you can pick up your MOGA at the same time for $49.99.

“AT&T has great Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that are a perfect match for the MOGA Mobile Gaming System,” said Eric Bensussen, President of PowerA. “When holiday shoppers venture to AT&T stores to pick up these popular devices on their family’s wish list, they can also pair it with a MOGA and create a perfect gift for mobile gamers.”

For more information about the MOGA, make sure to check out our full review here.

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Radioshack Black Friday ads show up, free HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S II anyone?

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The Holidays seem to come sooner each year and with them comes everyone favorite 5AM mall rampage known as Black Friday. For many of us, Black Friday is a chance to score a new phone at a reasonable price, and the latest leak of RadioShack’s Black Friday deals seem to promise just that.

So far the deals look to include an HTC One X for free with a new 2-year contract, as well as a Galaxy S III on Sprint for $50 or AT&T for $100. Other free phones include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 on Verizon, AT&T’s Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and Sprint’s Galaxy S II. Phones aren’t the only thing on sale either– all Zagg screen protectors are 25% off as well as many cases and headphones are marked down as well.

So, if you happen to be looking for a new phone or maybe just some extra accessories for your current device, this is definitely worth a look, especially when RadioShack is offering $10 store credit for every $50 spent.

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DIY: Custom comic book case for Samsung Galaxy S III

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Is that boring solid-color or ubiquitously-designed plastic case just not cutting it anymore? Well, perhaps it’s time to recycle and outfit it with a custom comic book theme.

This do it yourself project stems from the same style of paper mache-like tactics you used in elementary art class. The process is fairly straightforward. Simply cut out your desired pieces of reading material and attach them to your case via Mod Podge application finish. After it sets, just apply some matte or glossy sealer (hair spray works) and, when dry, the end product is a beautiful super-hero themed case not like anything you’d find at an accessory retailer.

For an in-depth guide explaining how to DIY or to order your own customized case, hit the source links below.

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Nyko PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers now available at GameStop

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Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity. » Read the rest