Prior to the shutdown of the Glass Explorer program, Google X’s Astro Teller explained that wearables are not easy to embed into consumers’ lives. He event hinted that the company shift its focus away from Glass shortly before the shutdown. Now, with the device’s successor looming, Teller has commented on why Glass’ first outing failed.
I know many people think Google Glass is dead, but trust me it isn’t. The closing of the Explorer Program and shuffling of key people is just a normal step of the evolution process. Explain to me how they could transition from a $1,500 Explorer Program version of Glass to a more consumer-friendly version that is much cheaper. The only way is to put things on hold and then re-launch it which is exactly what they will do.
According to a report published in The New York Times earlier today, Google Glass will face a major design overhaul as part of a new set of plans outlined by Nest CEO and recently-appointed project leader of Glass, Tony Fadell.
More so than smartphones and tablets, wearables must truly walk the line between being fashionable as well as functional. Unless you’re both very patient and doing well for yourself financially, the process of finding that perfect wearable that compliments your personal style and gives you the information you want, can end up being a torturous lesson in frustration.
So Lumoid decided that they’d help you out by sending you a box of five wearables of your choosing and let you play with them for a week. If you like one or more of the devices, you can purchase them after you send the box back (so you’ll have a fresh unit and not one of the trial devices). If you didn’t like any of the five, you pay the relatively small amount of $20 USD. From there, you can try a different five or quit your quest altogether.
A patent recently published on the USPTO’s website filed by Google in 2011 shows the idea that Google may have had for Google Glass. One of the diagrams, shown below, shows Google’s idea for the shape of the glasses, the positioning of the camera, and the location of the processor and projector of the glasses.
As CES 2015 kicks into gear, companies will be throwing out press releases like Mardi Gras beads in order to draw attention to their products they plan on demoing at the show. One company, Round Concept LLC, has announced a rather interesting device that will be a side attachment to your Google spectacles. The purpose you ask? To give you thermal vision, brought straight to your Google Glasses’ visual overlay.
The attachment is called Third Eye, and the product will appear at Round Concept’s booth during the CES event. For more articles about the electronics show, click here for our full coverage of CES 2015 throughout the week. For further reading about Third Eye, click the “Read More” link below.
On January 2nd, 2015, Intel and smart-glasses maker, Vuzix, announced that Intel had purchased 4,962,600 shares of Vuzix’ common stock. This gives Intel 30% control in the company and allows the placement of two board members to the current five. This development is interesting because earlier in December, Talk Android reported that Intel would be the chip supplier to Google’s next iteration of Google Glass.
Many market analysts made note that Intel was behind the curve in developing technology for mobile platforms, so these two announcements were perhaps related to that analysis.
Astro Teller, one of the heads of Google’s X projects teams, recently discussed where wearable technology was going in an interview with TechCrunch. He talked about the direction of things like Android Wear and Google Glass, but also discussed Google’s focus and wearables as a whole.