Google Glass target of DeGeneres bit on sale day

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Google decided to try a new tactic with their Explorer program for Google Glass by opening up sales of the device to anyone in the U.S. on April 15th. According to the Google Glass team, they succeeded in filling all spots in their Explorer program, although it is not clear whether that means they sold out of all stock of the current version. In creating this event, Google also opened themselves up to a bit of mockery, especially amongst TV show hosts like Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres.

On her show yesterday, Ellen took the opportunity to show off a pair of Google glasses she says she bought off of Craigslist for $1,495. The results were… interesting. Hit the break to check out the video, which starts around 54 seconds in, from yesterday’s show. » Read the rest

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

Anyone can buy Google Glass on April 15 at 9am EST

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For one day and one day only, Google Glass will be available for anyone in the United States to purchase. Initially, The Verge leaked Google’s plan to expand the Explorer Program with this promotion; therefore, Google made its plans official today rather than letting the news float around the internet. So Google has busted the doors wide open for absolutely anyone in the U.S. to gain access to Glass.

On Tuesday, April 15, people can head over to this page and purchase Glass. The cost is $1500 in addition to applicable taxes. And you have the choice of shades and frames. The page will be ready for orders at 9am EST or 6am PST, and Google does not intend on taking each and every order. At some point, they will have to start turning away prospective Explorers.

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Via: The Verge

US Air Force looking into using Google Glass on the battlefield

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The US Air Force’s BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge) research team has recently been testing Google Glass for use in the Air Force, and so far, they like what they’ve been able to do with test units. So far, they’ve tested using Glass in many different scenarios, and thanks to its low power, low footprint design, it’s been fairly helpful. It’s also a nice bonus that Glass sits above the eye and doesn’t obstruct vision, which would be a key element in giving these devices to ground troops. » Read the rest

Google Glass might have saved this patient’s life

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Google Glass certainly has an uphill battle with consumers and their perception of privacy, but aside from the fear of someone filming them while they sip a coffee at Starbucks, Google Glass could be a valuable tool in so many other ways. Take the medical profession for example.

Five doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston are part of a pilot program in which they regularly wear Google Glass. Dr. Steve Horng was helping a patient suffering from massive brain bleeding, and thanks to Glass. was able to see that the patient had severe allergic reactions to blood pressure medications. This kind of information is usually only found on another computer or tablet. The doctor would have had to leave the patient, find the info, and scrub again. Because of Glass, Doctor Horng was able to start the treatment immediately. He went on to say….

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Google is struggling with the trademark for the word “Glass”

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GlassTopGoogle is working on trademarking the word “Glass” for it’s wearable computer but the U.S. trademark office isn’t to keen on the idea at the moment. Google was successful in trademarking “Google Glass,” but the company, that happened to file an application for “Glass” last year, is struggling to get the trademark office on board. A letter from a trademark examiner last fall raised two concerns regarding the trademark.

The first concern was that the trademark is too similar to other pending or existing computer software trades with the word glass in it. This could potentially create a risk of consumer confusion. The second concern suggested that “Glass” — even with its futuristic font — is “merely” descriptive. The reason that this is an issue is that the federal law doesn’t protect generic terms.

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Google strikes deal with Luxottica to bring Glass to Ray-Ban, Oakley, and more

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In what likely means Google Glass is nearing a consumer release, Google has formed a new partnership with Luxottica. Don’t know who Luxottica is? They are the manufacturing company behind brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. To bring these brands and Google Glass together with consumers, Luxottica will presumably use retailers like LensCrafters, which it just so happens to own. In a post on Google+, there is no date given; however, +GoogleGlass says “today marks the start of a new chapter in Glass’s design.”

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Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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Will Google ditch Glass?

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Google Glass has been around for a couple of years now, but it hasn’t made its way to the general public yet because it’s still in the “testing” phase for developers. Now Google has opened things up a bit more, allowing more people to purchase it, but they are still charging the same $1,500, which isn’t all that affordable.

Google has certainly had their fair share of devices and services they have dropped. Could Google Glass be one of them? It’s doesn’t seem plausible to me, but Robert Scoble is starting to wonder that in his latest Google+ post. It all started with the fact that Larry Page was on stage at TED, and he wasn’t wearing Glass. Is this enough of a reason to think that Google is done with Glass?

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MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

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Applications for Google Glass, otherwise known as “Glassware,” are becoming more and more innovative each day.

MedicAR, developed by Droiders, is only one of the latest apps for Google Glass that will surely make a difference in the lives of many.

Although not the most realistic simulation application, MedicAR uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. The app will guide users through specific procedures and show them where to cut, which tools to use, different steps to take, and how to clean it all up after the “operation.”

Hit the break to see the app in action in a video.

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