There is no denying that Google Glass is very, very cool. But there is also no denying that Google Glass doesn’t look very cool. In fact it looks exactly like a pair of glasses with an external prism and projector attached to it, looking more like something Data from the Goonies would wear, and not a gadget aimed at the average consumer. Luckily Google filed a patent last week that seems to be an attempt at making the Glass less conspicuous and more socially acceptable.
If nothing else, Google Glass is making a name for itself by assisting doctors perform surgery and operations. We reported on a plastic surgeon using Glass with patients last time, and this time we have a doctor in Kansas City who is using Glass to complement computer monitors in the operating room.
During facial reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Jeff Colyer wears Glass to view x-ray images without having to look up at the monitors that would typically display the images. By doing this, he is able to see exactly what he’s working on without having to look away from the patient.
As Google Glass rises in popularity, there are obviously going to be some people trying to steal the devices. That’s probably not the smartest idea, as a recent criminal quickly learned. A man tried to steal New York tourist Mike Geller’s headset by asking to try it on and then running off, only to be found soon after due to a third-party Glass app called LiveLens that recorded all of his moves after the theft.
You can check out a video compilation of the thief’s day, that mostly included drinking and raving, after the break.
Google has toyed with the idea of high-tech contact lenses for quite some time, even partnering with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to bring their vision of the future (pun intended) to market. While they’ve hinted at features like embedded cameras and glucose monitors, two patents filed by the tech giant yesterday seem to be aimed more at security. Using capacitive sensors that make sure it’s being worn on an actual eye, the lens would use a three step process to essentially turn your eye into a fingerprint.
It seems that Google Glass and sports are just meant to be. Many leagues and teams have taken it upon themselves to use the unique piece of technology to provide a dynamic look at the action. The latest organization to do so is the Minnesota Vikings. The team will supplement video content to its official site, allowing fans to view what is going on in training camp.
With this new form of content, fans know whether or not the players are exceeding expectations. Are we looking at a new way to analyze fantasy sports? We shall see.
As smart glasses evolve, you can expect more manufacturers to jump in. Lenovo is one such company as they showed off their prototype, which looks a lot like Google Glass. The only difference is the battery resides at the user’s neck. The plan is for this prototype to become consumer ready by October.
Lenovo is also working with another smart glasses maker called Vuzix. We did a hands on with their M100 smart glasses back in 2013. This partnership is bringing the M100 to China in August or September for 8,000 yuan ($1298).
source: PC World
Apple knows that the “cool factor” is key in selling products.
Hell, it bought Beats by Dre, a headphones company hailed by audiophiles everywhere as “overrated, overpriced garbage,” for $3 billion.
Apple also has a partnership with Nike, which both parties have found lucrative since striking the deal.
Samsung sees Apple’s successes, and clearly wants in.
We’ve seen some pretty wild ideas come out of Google X Labs in the past few years — Google Glass for one, Google Contact Lenses, driverless cars and Project Loon are just a few.
But now it seems that the man responsible for all that, Babak Parviz, (now-former) Google X director, will be leaving the company to work on new projects with Amazon.
In order to succeed on the mainstream market, Google Glass will certainly have to seem “cool” enough for consumers to wear around as an everyday accessory.
To do this, Google has enlisted many different sunglasses manufacturers to design lenses, frames and more for Google Glass.
The newest designer is Rochester Optical (although not partnered with Google), which just announced new fashion sunglasses for the platform, which will be available internationally.
Runtastic has officially announced that they’ll be fully supporting all of Google’s upcoming wearable tech, including Android Wear, Google Glass, and the upcoming Google Fit service. Since the wearable market focuses very heavily on fitness tracking, it’s good to see one of the top fitness tracking services commit to the platform so early.
For Android Wear, you’ll be able to download Runtastic apps to do the traditional step counting, heart rate monitoring, etc. There will also be full integration of Android Wear’s voice features. On the backend of things, Runtastic will be one of the first developers to use Google Fit’s APIs to store user data.