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Watch Out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

With all the hype about Google Glass in recent times, a company called Vuzix is started shipping the Vuzix M100 that is marked as the first commercially available smart glasses. Vuzix released these glasses for purchase by consumer for $1000, $500 cheaper than Google’s Glass Explorer Edition. Although Google Glass’ developer and early adopters edition glasses are $1500, Google has promised to lower the price for the consumer edition. It’s apparent that smart glasses are becoming more and more popular and there will be many more competitors for Google as time passes. This is also great for application developers in the sense that an entirely new market is rising with the development of these devices. Developers now have their hands on Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 smart glasses. It is only a matter of time until useful applications are built and smart glasses become a part of every day life. To read more about this topic, check out the article link below.

Source: Watch out, Google. Vuzix Smart Glasses Sell for $1,000

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$200 “smartspecks”

A Google Glass competitor is finally out there and it is a much cheaper and more immersive competitor. Smartspecks were created by an unfunded five-person team in Massachusetts and can display everything from social media to heads up directions. They will soon make a kickstarter to raise more interest and acquire the capital necessary for a larger production. To read more about how it works click here.

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New Google Glass is on the way


New Google Glass is on the way

New Google Glass will work better with eyeglasses and include an ear bud for better audio, Google says.
New Google Glass will work better with eyeglasses and include an ear bud for better audio, Google says.

(CNN) — A new version of Google Glass, the company’s breakthrough entry into the world of wearable tech, is on the way.

Current testers, or “Explorers,” in Google’s parlance, will get a chance to swap out their current models for the new ones, the company said in a Google+ post.

The new Google Glass hardware will work with eyeglasses or shades, and include an ear bud to replace the speaker in the current model. The bone-conduction speaker, which, similar to some hearing aids, literally sends sound waves through the skull to the ear, has been called faulty by some testers.

The swap begins Friday and testers will have 60 days to decide if they want new Glass.

The roughly 10,000 current testers also be able to invite up to three friends into the program, which requires testers to fork over the current $1,500 price of the glasses.

“Over the next few weeks, all Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program,” the post said. “They’ll be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo. We’re counting on you to get Glass to the people you think will make great Explorers.”

Google has not said when Glass will go on sale to the general public, though it is expected to be some time next year.

Google Glass, worn like regular glasses, has a high-resolution display and lets wearers use voice commands to shoot photos or videos and access features like e-mail, text messaging, Google Maps, Google search and a handful of other apps.

It’s not clear what hardware changes will be made to make the new Glass work better with other eyeglasses, though some in the tech press were speculating that users will be able to insert prescription lenses into it. It’s possible to wear both Glass and eyeglasses currently, though many users who have tried have called it awkward.

The post didn’t say how the overall design of Glass will be tweaked in the next version. Looking a little bit like something out of an ’80s sci-fi movie, some have said the device looks … well … goofy, at least on the sometimes geekish early adopters who have been sporting them.

Glass has been a groundbreaker in wearable tech, a movement that’s shaping up to be the coming wave in the technology world.

Samsung has weighed in with Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that works with its Android smartphones.

Google and Apple are believed to be joining the smartwatch market soon, and Pebble and Sony are just a couple of the other names that have wristwatch tech for sale.

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Google has been the top leader in wearable technology with Google Glass, now Microsoft has jumped on board!

Microsoft Steps on the Glass Gas

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Google Glass may currently be the name most associated with Internet-connected eyewear, but Microsoft is apparently hoping to make its own mark on the nascent category. Specifically, the company is now testing prototypes of a smart glass technology of its own, according to a Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal.

There are few details available as to how the glasses might work, but rumors circulating online suggest they could be linked to Microsoft’s Xbox line of gaming products, including a Kinect Glasses initiative that has been known as “Project Fortaleza.” While the Kinect Glasses were slated as a 2014 product, it is unclear if they have moved beyond an early prototype stage.

Earlier this year Microsoft also submitted a patent application for a head-mounted display that was tied to its gaming initiatives, and the company was looking at an “immersive display experience” as far back as 2011.

Microsoft’s SPOT watch was another wearable device the company has toyed with, but that product was shut down along with MSN Direct early last year.

Wearable Potential

The timing of this latest round of rumors coincides with the release of new data from Gartner predicting that the wearable smart electronics market could reach US$10 billion by 2016. Microsoft, which by most accounts was late to the mobile market, could be hoping to ensure it is a leader in the wearable tech arena.

“Microsoft, like everyone else, is looking at the potential around wearables,” Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst with Tirias Research, told the E-Commerce Times. “Wearables combined with Internet of Things and data analytics is likely to create a major market inflection point, equivalent to the PC, Internet or smartphone.”

As a result, “it’s an open opportunity for Microsoft and everyone else,” added McGregor. “However, for Microsoft, it represents an opportunity to regain a leadership position after missing opportunities with the Internet and mobile.”

Mixed Hardware Success

Of course, while software has been Microsoft’s bread and butter, it has had something of a rocky history with hardware. While it scored a hit with the Xbox 360 and its Kinect accessory, the company has left behind a long trail of failed hardware offerings in a number of hardware categories, raising the question of whether it’s likely to do any better with eyewear.

“Microsoft has had mixed results with peripherals,” said Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “Kinect has been pretty much an unqualified hit, but the watches not so much.

“It does crank out a steady stream of keyboards and mice,” Kay told the E-Commerce Times. “So, the company has some record of being in this business. Mostly, Microsoft is concerned with making its software more usable, and the peripheral efforts tend to support this goal.”

A Spot of Trouble

Other products have been less of a success, and the SPOT is just one example.

“Microsoft had the SPOT watch, which was a connected device using FM sideband that, like a lot of efforts at the time, was underfunded and died out,” noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “It is clear we are moving towards wearable technology, and Microsoft has a ton of IP in this area. They clearly don’t want to miss the wave if it turns out to be real, and thus are exploring the technology to assure they won’t be left behind.”

Moreover, “given how badly Samsung belly-flopped with their Galaxy Gear, there is some concern they may have damaged the segment badly,” Enderle added.

Mirroring Google Glass

In the meantime, there is “no reason for the company not to experiment with a Glass-like knockoff,” said Kay. “It’s not clear that even Google will be successful in this domain. People are rather sensitive about their exposure to privacy invasion, and Glass seems like a risk from that perspective.”

It is also possible that these various attempts to bring smart glasses to market could remain nothing more than vaporware for the foreseeable future.

“Microsoft has just as much potential as everyone else, but no one knows exactly how the market, devices and services will develop or when,” said McGregor. “If history is any indication, it will take two to three generations, or approximately five years, after the first products introduced before the technology becomes appealing to the mass market.”

Power, battery life, integration and connectivity are all challenges that need to be addressed, he added, and “that would push mass adoption out to the latter half of this decade.” 

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Google Glass soon to face new competition

Everyone knows about Google Glass, the smart glasses that allow you to take pictures, videos, and even send texts all from right in front of your eyes. Glass is soon to have a friend in the smart glasses market. Microsoft has been working on smart glasses for some time, and is predicted to be announced in early 2014. LG is also rumored to be working on their own smart glasses, a product much different from everything else under the LG name. Google Glass will be available to the full public in 2014 as well.

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Aeether’s 3-D Mobile interface technology

Many people interested in the concept of Google Glass have asked what it would look like to see Google Glass paired with the gesture based controlS introduced by Microsoft’s Kinect platform. California based startup, Aeether, is attempting to do just that with their design of an interactive mobile 3-d interface. Though it is not ready for the public it does represent where our mobile future will be headed and the folks at Wired think it looks promising enough that we may expect to be there in the near future.  Aeether’s CEO says that Google Glass is about being connect to your digital world but his companies project is about immersing you in a digital world where you can truly interact with projected 3-d objects. One simple example of this was the users ability to pop bubbles with their finger as they appeared in 3-d on the glasses. The team hopes to work out the issues of having enough power to run the lot of features these glasses offer such as the on board processing, wifi and gyroscope. Their goal is to get Android developers to start building new 3-d apps for use with their new glasses technology.

Source: Wired

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Philips, Accenture Bring Google Glass To Operating Room

Google Glass can be used to change the way surgeons work. With the ability to pull up information such as the patient’s chart, checklists, and even record the surgery from a first person perspective, Google Glass could help surgeons do their job more efficiently. With surgeons looking into this, it raises the possibility for other medical persons to have such a use for the device.
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Google Glass changing how we view baseball (and the world)

With the help of Google Glass’s app, Blue, you can now watch baseball games with real time coverage, without having to look down at your smartphone. The app gives updates like player statistics, score, and more information, right in front of your eyes. It seems like it’d be intrusive for seeing the game, but the app being viewed this way is reportedly more efficient than looking at your phone every couple minutes to search for the same information. The introduction of this technology and app gives us an idea of how important secondary data is, especially in how we view the world around us.