Last Thursday, Robert Scoble suggested that Google would be renting out a whopping 6,000 feet in various Best Buy stores for Google Glass sales and promotion. While the rumor really didn’t carry much weight in terms of factual information everyone seemed to believe that this would be a plausible move. However according to Chris Dale, the man running communications for Project Glass, Glass isn’t coming to Best Buy.
Google released a new video yesterday showing some examples of real life uses for their Glass devices. Many people have been focusing on issues related to the cameras built into the devices and how those can be used to record life events. However, if Google wants to see the devices adopted widely, a key piece will be the ability of the voice search functionality to perform well since that will be the primary interface between Glass and the user for input purposes. To demonstrate how well voice search works, a couple Google Glass testers posed a series of questions to see what the results would be.
Ever since the moment Project Glass debuted rumors were a buzz regarding how it would forever revolutionize the Porn industry. Visual perspective ideas were brought up, debated and it would be only a matter of time before we saw our first XXX app grace the new tech. While it’s a novel idea, it’s one that will not see the light of day. A company by the name of MiKandi who developed an app called Tit’s and Glass (seriously) took to their corporate blog today to inform the internet world that their app would not be seen on Google Glass. This comes after Google changed their policies last Friday regarding pornographic and adult content. According to them:
“We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.”
It would appear that Google is taking the “do no evil” mantra to heart. While MiKandi stated on their blog that they developed the app to Google Policy terms prior to this change it doesn’t change the fact that they have to change their app. Of course they’ve stated that the app is still live but content will be changing dramatically over the night time hours. This, along side Google’s no on facial recognition suggest that the Mountain View company means business when it comes to this project. While this ban won’t affect most people, we’re sure it’ll anger a few people.
So you know how I just told you about Google releasing a how-to video showcasing the Glass UI and how it worked? Well it looks like early Glass adopter Dan McLaughlin decided to up the ante. You should know who he is as he brought us a detailed, albeit choppy, unboxing video for the Explorer Edition of Glass when they first debuted. In these two new videos he demonstrates how the UI looks when he interacts with it. You see how he navigates through menus either through touching the side of Glass or by using gestures such as nodding. The voice recognition is pretty impressive as well.
The videos are done via screencast mirroring so while the Google how-to video gave us an insight on how it’d look on the device, these videos show us just how that interacting will work. If you have roughly 12 minutes to kill then hit the break to check out each video. They’re worth the time you’ll take watching them. Enjoy!
With the Explorer Edition of Google Glass gracing the hands of early adopters we’re seeing various news tidbits trickle in. From the specs powering the spectacles to various apps coming to Glass one thing was missing. That missing piece was how the UI would look for the user. Well it’s missing no longer as Google released a 68 second how-to video today showing off that very thing. It demonstrates how you’ll be able to swipe between the various cards it as as well as how to share photos and use specific instances. If you’re interested in checking it out, hit the break below. While we’re still a year or so out on a retail release, the software doesn’t look half bad. What do you all think?
With the influx of people receiving their Google Glass Explorer Edition glasses Google decided to release some of the specs behind their newest tech. Among the 5MP camera and “all day battery on normal use” we saw 12GB of usable memory. What was missing was information about the CPU and the RAM the device was packing. However thanks to tinkerers Jay Lee and Liam McLoughlin we have those now. They were able to use USB debugging and ADB to find the following:
- Android 4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich
- OMAP 4430 CPU – Dual Core
- 1GB Ram (682mb not used by hardware)
While I’m sure the specs will be updated for the retail release of the device these specs aren’t bad. There isn’t an exact measurement on just how fast the processor is though. For those of you that are more technical you’re more than welcome to wade through the details here. Either way it’s enough to go on until we get official word from Mountain View. Hit the source link to take part in the discussion about all this information. Otherwise keep it locked here as we’ll update you when we find out more.
Last month we told you about a Google Glass presentation at SXSW in which they showed early stages of popular apps designed for Glass. The presentation was called “Building new experiences with Glass”, and it just became available for all to see. It’s about 50 minutes long so you will want to make sure you set aside some time for this one. The presenter was Timothy Jordan, who is a developer advocate at Google on Glass. He gives a sneak peak at the Google Mirror API, which is what developers will use to build apps for Glass. He walks through the building blocks as well as show early builds of Evernote, The New York Times, Path, and Gmail.
The concept behind Google Glass is giving you information when you need it, and Timothy said this regarding current tech vs Glass:
“It feels like tech is often getting in the way more than it needs to and that’s what we are addressing with Project Glass. It’s so that you can still have access to the technology that you love, but it doesn’t take you out of the moment.”
Hit the break for the full video.
Google put everyone with less than perfect vision at ease today by announcing Glass will work with prescription lenses. Google posted a picture of Glass team member Greg Priest-Dorman sporting such a pair. This news is not exactly a surprise as a prescription lens equipped set was spotted in NYC earlier this year but it’s nice to hear something official.
Google said Glass will support both prescription lenses and frames. For the mega-stylish among you this likely means designer frames will also be a go. Unfortunately the initial “Explorer Edition” release version will not accept the alternate lenses and frames. If you wear glasses you’ll have to go with contacts or just wait. Google said the prescription version will be available later this year.
Source: Glass on Google+
Well, Google is getting closer to the Glass launch, and this latest news further confirms it. Google has just released an impressive list of apps for Project Glass. Included in the SXSW interactive release demo list were:
- The New York Times: Google Glass can display late breaking news to the headset using a unified “Timeline cards” interface. This will position short bursts of useful information in the user’s peripheral vision. Using a “look up” head gesture, Glass can show off photos and headlines…then read the text of a story to you!