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Google names Ivy Ross as new head of Google Glass







On May 19, Ivy Ross will be joining Google as the new public face of its Glass product. Her experience in marketing and design might help paint a better picture for the smart eyewear that is still leaving question marks in consumer's minds.

Ross' resumé is like a laundry list of fashion brands, including Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, and Gap, just to name a few. In these companies, she has held various positions related to design and marketing, but she sees herself as always trying to answer the same question that she now faces with Google Glass: can this product be turned into something that immerses users in the world rather than abstract us from it.
As a mobile device, Google Glass does seem to be the perfect answer to that. Users need not to keep their heads down and faces glued to smartphone or tablet screens. They can look up, look forward, and enjoy the view, unobstructed except for a sheet of glass, and, of course, a tiny display in one corner. However, Glass also brings its own set of questions, doubts, and fears, which isn't exactly surprising considering how novel and disruptive a piece of technology it is.
Ivy Ross has a tough challenge ahead of her. She needs to be able to dispel those worries and disbelief about the usefulness, practicality, safety, and not to mention commercial viability of Google Glass. As someone who has dabbled more on the consumer-facing aspects of product design and less on the "geeky" parts, hers might just be the face, voice, and hand that the public might want to see to convince them that Google Glass is something any person would want to own just like they would a smartphone, tablet, or even a smartwatch.
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The California school thinks the device will help students with anatomy, clinical skills, and hospital rotations.

The fledgling Google Glass is slowly working its way into the mainstream, and one place that people should get used to seeing the device is in hospitals.

Several medical institutions have already been testing the computer-enabled eyeglasses to see if the devices enhance doctors' work. But the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, is taking it one step further by issuing Google Glass to its students.

Irvine will be the first medical school to fully incorporate Glass into its four-year curriculum. Its first- and second-year students will use the device in their anatomy and clinical skills courses, while third- and fourth-year students will wear Glass during their hospital rotations.

"I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students," UC Irvine's dean of medicine, Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, said in a statement. "Enabling our students to become adept at a variety of digital technologies fits perfectly into the ongoing evolution of health care into a more personalized, participatory, home-based, and digitally driven endeavor."

While the general public appears to still be making up its mind about the idea of wearing a face computer, some fields of work see the wearable as a helpful asset. For medicine, doctors won't have to use their hands to dig through files, search computers, or look up facts on a tablet. With a simple nod of the head or blink of the eye, they could get all of the real-time information they need without having to leave a patient's side.

Besides UC Irvine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has also been testing Glass with its emergency-room doctors. The center found that the wearable has proved helpful with getting summarized information to doctors as they're speaking with and examining patients.

UC Irvine has also found Glass helpful in the pilot tests it has conducted in operating rooms, intensive-care units, and the emergency department.

"Medical education has always been very visual and very demonstrative, and Glass has enormous potential to positively impact the way we can educate physicians in real time," said Dr. Warren Wiechmann, UC Irvine's assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of instructional technologies. "Indeed, all of medicine is based on 'seeing,' not 'reading,' the patient."

Updated May 15 at 4:00 p.m. PT: Clarifies that all students will use Google Glass in their studies but not all will necessarily get a Google Glass unit.
Pretty awesome to see Glass being used in hospital settings for a learning basis as well. Teaching how medicine and technology should be integrated!
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New Google Glass patent shows the hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames







There’s no question that, in its current form, many see Glass as a bit of an eyesore. More of a working prototype, Google has officially gone on the record as saying that the Google Glass Explorer Edition we see today is far from a final design. It was recently Google announced that they’d be teaming up with Luxottica — the world’s largest eyewear company and owner of brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, and more — to design frames with Glass compatibility in mind.
Today, our friends at GGlassDay have uncovered a new Google Glass patent (U.S. 8,705,177), and it shows the Glass hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames, sans the usual prism arm seen in the Explorer Edition. In the light of Google’s new partnership with Luxottica, we can’t help but wonder (and cross our fingers) if this is what we could find with the eventual release of Ray-Ban-branded Google Glass in the near future.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Google experiment with a more traditional “glasses look.” Back in September, a patent showed the familiar Google Glass arm, only with the camera module integrated on the opposite end and/or middle of normal set of glasses. It was somewhat odd and like most patents, we’re sure they eventually paved the way for Google Glass’ titanium frames we see today.
Seeing Glass banked into more traditional eyewear and without the huge Glass arm/camera combo, would any of you be more interested in picking up Google Glass in the future if it looked something like this? Or do you need more evidence of Glass’ usefulness in the real world?
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Google Announces New DVF Designer Frames for Google Glass


In the continual struggle to make Google Glass more consumer friendly, Google has announced new designer frames made specifically for Glass. Google contracted the work of American designer Diane von Furstenberg, hoping to see a new take on not only normal glass frames with Google Glass, but sunglasses as well.
Starting on June 23, five new frames will be purchasable for your Glass, and you can choose from eight new shades as well. These will be on sale through the Google Glass website and through NET-A-PORTER.
Google is looking to expand the choices that Glass wearers have, allowing Explorers to not all wear the same looking device. It’s all about personalization.
Any designers that you would like to see try their hand at making Glass frames? Paul Frank? Michael Kors? Gucci?
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New Glassware: Shop X for Google Glass helps make grocery shopping a pain-free experience





As somewhat of a niche product, there are a few things that Google Glass can do exceptionally well. One of those is being able to display information — right front of your face — leaving your hands to do other tasks. Like push a shopping cart full of kids through your local grocer.
New to the Glassware store is an app called Shop X and as the name suggests, looks to make your grocery shopping just a little easier. After enabling the Glassware, you can create a shopping list purely by voice. Speaking “Ok Glass, take a note” then speaking out your shopping list will get things started (or you can create a list online via their site).
Your shopping list is synced online and can be viewed on your Google Glasses. From there, Shop X will intelligently organize your shopping into category cards, allowing you to either pin cards or check them off your list by tapping the touchpad. Simple, but functional.
Shop X is fresh out the Google Glass Glassware store, and as always, it’s completely free to enable on your headset.
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Google names first round of Glass at Work partners

Summary: Google chose broad mix of industry segments to develop enterprise applications for Glass, ranging from medical and media to sports and entertainment.


While Google Glass remains a subject of mockery in the consumer realm, the wearable computing glasses continue to push forward with applications designed for businesses.




On Monday Google announced the first round of Glass at Work Certified Partners, a program of Google-authorized companies selected to build enterprise solutions for Glass. The companies also become eligible for co-branding and listing on the Glass at Work website.
Google said hundreds of developers applied for the program, and it appears the Internet search giant settled on a pretty broad mix of industry segments, ranging from medical and media to sports and entertainment.The inaugural partners include APX, Augmedix, Crowdoptic, GuidiGO and Wearable Intelligence.
APZ Labs makes Skylight, a business software app for Glass; AugMedix markets a service for doctors that streamlines communication with electronic medical records; CrowdOptic makes context-aware applications for the sports, entertainment and medical industries; GuidiGo aims to make museums and cultural institutions more connected; and Wearable Intelligence creates workflow, communications, training, and data access products.
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Google Glass gets another hardware revision with 2GB RAM, previous owners wont be upgraded





The Google Glass Explorer Edition is still a product very much in its infancy. It’s something we’ve been well aware since we reviewed the device almost a year ago. While some are quick to declare Google Glass as “DOA” due to pricing or privacy concerns, the fact remains that Glass in its current form will continue to evolve and change as Google gains valuable feedback from its Explorers, and as the wearable nears a general consumer release.
It wasn’t too long ago Google revised the hardware with Google Glass 2.0, offering a free upgrade to everyone who purchased the previous version of Glass to the new and improved model with support for prescription frames and stereo headphones. A worth while update for sure, it appears Google is now focusing on performance in their latest hardware upgrade, there’s only one problem — current Glass explorers wont be getting a free upgrade this time around.
The Glass team announced the news via their Google+ page letting everyone know that all Glass units shipping out (we’re assuming the UK is also included in this) will now include 2GB of RAM. This is a dramatic increase from the 1GB of RAM included in Glass 2.0 and should help with all the new software features continually rolling out to the headset.
Speaking of software features, the Glass team also announced yet another software update that addresses one of the biggest complaints Glass photogs have had since the products inception: the complete lack of a viewfinder. In a new update rolling out this week, speaking the command “Ok Glass, show the viewfinder,” will now display brackets to help frame those shots. Previously, this was an art perfected only by the most advanced Glass photographers. Google also mentioned the addition of a few new Google Now cards (seriously, why not all of them?) with the addition of package tracking an parking spot locator.
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Google Glass XE19.1 improves connectivity and interface






Google just announced a new firmware update for Glass, jumping from XE18.3 directly to XE19.1. This is seemingly a very minor maintenance update, but still brings in substantial improvements that all Glass owners will want to install it as soon as it is available.

The most important fix is something you won't be able to see but will definitely feel. Google is improving Glass' network connectivity so that it is now more reliable and gracefully handles network issues. So no more problems whenever you try telling Google Glass to do something for you, like send a message or fetch some info from your smartphone.
The more visible change is seen in the new interface for voice actions options. Compared to previous iterations, this visual style now sports higher contrast, putting white text on a black background in place of the previous gray-ish tint. A subtle difference that can mean worlds for an interface that is meant to be easily and quickly readable at a glance.

As always, Glass updates will take a few days before they arrive for each and every Explorer, so some patience and waiting is in order. As Glass updates are delivered via OTA only, make sure that you are connected to a WiFi network to be able to automatically download and install the update.
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Google found a way to make Google Glass look much less dorky, would you buy this new design?






While just about everyone can agree on the overall practicality or vision of Google Glassand the way it could shape the future of wearables — augmented reality, hands-free use, etc. — there’s just no denying they are a terrible eyesore. Still very much in its early prototype phase, the Google Glass Explorer Edition has been described by critiques as something out of TV sci-fi. Obvious comparisons to La Forge’s VISOR from Star Trek or Vegeta’s Scouter have been made in addition to the man privacy concerns Google Glass has raised.

Now, we’ve seen some of Google’s early design patents before showing a much more fashionable design, but nothing like this. The latest patent to be uncovered from the USPTO(filed back in 2012 but granted last week) shows Google once again toying with a more practical design. This time around, they’ve completely removed the thick unsightly prism arm, tucking it behind the lens and arm of the glasses.
You can see there is still an arm, only it appears to be much flatter (and more Dragon Ball Z-ish), with a camera hole on the opposite side. This gives Google Glass a much more incognito look when paired with shades or prescription lenses but still doesn’t address how it would look a la carte.

With our mobile devices and even smartwatches doubling as fashion statements, it’s clear Google can’t simply skate by with making Google Glass functional, they have to make it pretty too. Even though this is only a design patent and in no way means anything is set in stone, it does provide us a brief look into the minds at Google and how they’re already looking to change Glass for the better. What do you guys think of this design?



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Google Glass XE20.1 update just made it a hundred times easier to message your contacts





There’s a new Google Glass update rolling out this week (it was about time for one, right?). Arriving under the version number XE20.1, the update — in conjunction with an update to the MyGlass app for Android — finally gives Glass Explorers access to all of the contacts stored in their Google account — and we couldn’t be happier.

Although only the most recent/starred contacts you will be accessible by voice commands, the rest can be found by physically swiping/tapping on the touch pad. Once selected, Glass users can now choose how they’d like to message a specific contact, with the new option of sending an SMS, Hangouts message, or an email.

The Glass team has also made a few additional tweaks, like the ability to delete a snapped picture by voice, or turn of the “head nudge” in settings. For those unaware, the head nudge is a way for Glass users to activate the display on their devices without touching it but there are certain instances (like when driving) it might be better to keep it off. Some new Google Now cards have also landed in XE20.1, like a currency counter and nearby events.
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Google Glass Explorers are being treated to yet another software update hitting their headsets this week, albeit a bit of a smaller one. Last time around, we saw Google add an assortment of goodies with XE20.1. New features like complete access to your entire contact list (finally), additional Google Now cards, and the ability to turn off Glass’ “head nudge” to wake feature.
As detailed on Google’s official changelog page, this time around XE21.0 is fine tuning some things, dramatically decreasing the wait time for specific cards like flight information or sports scores — updating info within seconds. They’ve also managed to include some helpful Waze information in this update, displaying accident indicators when navigating to a specific destination. And well, that’s about it.

It seems the update was so small that the Google Glass G+ page didn’t even bother mentioning it, but we’re still excited to see any new advancements hit the headset before its official consumer release. You know, whenever that may be.
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This is what Google Glass looked like back in 2011 (and what it could eventually become)







Just as CES is beginning to wind down, we’ve happened upon another interesting patent put forth by Google. As you know, a product or idea in its infancy might not look like the unit that’s eventually launched to retail. They undergo countless changes and refinements until everyone’s happy with what they’ve cooked up. We imagine the same happened for Google Glass.
This patent – originally filed back in 2011 but published in recent days — shows an eyeglass apparatus that includes an onboard camera, as well as a physical shutter button that can be used to snap a photo of whatever’s in front of you. The main illustration Google used to explain their patent is perhaps one of the oddest things we’ve ever seen:

You could call it a natural combination of GoPro-style video capturing equipment and, for the very people that would need a GoPro, safety goggles (Google refers to goggles as a potential category of eyewear that this design could be used for).
But it’s this idea that may have been the original basis for what we now know as Google Glass. The patent’s description goes on to describe a system where the camera could be used in conjunction with a head-mounted display (such as the one present on Google Glass) to facilitate the use of augmented reality applications and general photo and video capturing.
Even more interesting than how the camera is fitted, though, is how Google envisioned displaying information to the user. Figure 4 inside the patent document shows a device that would be able to project information like notifications, time, battery life and more directly on not just one lens, but both.


This is in contrast to the current implementation which uses a single capsule that protrudes from the main frame element and holds all the computing guts, which in turn mounts a separate display for projecting information onto. The patent goes on to detail things like cellular and wireless connectivity, touchpads for manipulating a user interface and more — some of those features have already been implemented in the current iteration of Google Glass.

So why is it only just now surfacing? It could be because Google is getting ready to use some of these ideas in a forthcoming revision of Glass not yet seen by the public. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal suggests Google will introduce a major new version of the smart glasses with an entirely new set of silicon for the product’s retail release, likely powered by Intel.
A source familiar with the matter also tells Phandroid that Google has been internally testing a new model of Google Glass that look more like traditional frames than the Star Trek-like eye guards Levar Burton would’ve been proud to wear. We’ve already seen them go that route with a stylish line of frames that you can mount Glass to, but perhaps they’re looking to make that the standard kit and caboodle once it hits retail.
Whatever the case may be, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Google wants to make Glass more appealing to your everyday Joe Schmo by introducing a radical change in design (especially since a lot of people seem to be doubting their ability to thrust it into the mainstream limelight in its current form). Would you buy Google Glass if they managed to come up with a less awkward design?
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Google Glass isn’t dead: project graduates from X Labs as iPod visionary is placed in charge







Some non-believers might be writing Google Glass off at this point, but Google thinks it’s far from dead. In fact, the company today announced that it was “graduated” from Google X’s experimental labs and is getting the spotlight in its own little division.
That not enough to convince you they’re going full steam ahead with Glass? The person they put in charge of the project is none other than Tony Fadell. You may remember his name as the founder and creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat, made by the company Nest which Google acquired in 2014.
More than just Nest — which is an awesome product itself — Fadell is also widely recognized as the man responsible for the birth of the Apple iPod, the most iconic portable music player in the history of electronics. His resume is legit, folks, and Google’s asking him to work his Midas touch on a product that could definitely use a lot of tender love and care.
While he will be the overseer of the team, he will still work in an independent capacity at Nest. Ivy Ross, the Google Glass team’s long-time head, will continue in her role, but she will report directly to Tony Fadell.
With this news also comes word that Google is looking to wind the Glass Explorers program down. The program was never meant to be taken as a product launch, but more of a product test to help nurture and grow the platform for an eventual consumer release (hence why they slapped a ridiculous price tag on it to attract only the most enthusiastic users and developers).
Google says the last day to get your hands on Google Glass Explorer Edition will be January 19th, 2015, so you’ll want to go scrape up $1,500 and order one ahead of that date if you don’t already have one.
Unfortunately we’re not yet sure what that will mean in terms of being able to get a transparent look at how Google moves the platform forward. If they’re doing away with the Explorers’ program then it could dash the hopes of seeing it evolve in the public eye like we’re used to (sort of the way Google’s being open-ended about Project Ara and its growth cycle). Google says they’ll definitely be giving us a peek when they’re ready, but we imagine it won’t happen with the same frequency that it did with the advent of the Explorers’ program.
But if this is what has to happen for the project to finally see its first consumer launch and make strides to becoming a mainstream viable platform for smart computing, then we couldn’t be happier to hear it. Google says they have plans to release a “new” version of Glass in 2015, but we’re not exactly sure what that new version could be.

We speculated they could be looking to revamp the wearable after a patent for an alternate Google Glass design surfaced last week, though there’s still no telling if that patent has anything to do with Google’s future plans.
Suppose there’s only one thing we can do: patiently wait for Google to reintroduce Glass in a way that can get everyone excited again. In the meantime, feel free to take a look back at our Google Glass review to see how the platform held up in its early days as we look forward to a brighter future.
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Luxottica Assisting With Next-Gen Google Glass



The Italian eyewear maker said it's working with Google on the new version of Glass, but details are scant.




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It's no secret that Google plans to release a next-gen version of Google Glass, but details are scant.
Whatever the end result may be, the new specs will apparently include input from Italian eyewear maker Luxottica. CEO Massimo Vian announced the partnership during a recent company meeting, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"Version two" of Google Glass "is in preparation," he said, though he had no additional details.
A Luxottica spokeswoman confirmed Vian's comments. Google declined to comment, saying only that "the team is heads down building the future of the product."
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Google Glass sequel may have been spotted passing through the FCC





We know Google is still preparing a consumer version of Google Glass. Not too long ago the project graduated out of Google X labs to an official Google product headed by Nest CEO Tony Fadell. That being said, a recent FCC filing is causing some to believe that this could be the next version of Google Glass. The mysterious device — filed under FCC ID A4R-GG1 — is reportedly carrying all the wireless connectivity you’d expect from a next-gen wearable (Bluetooth LE, non-removable battery, dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac).

While that alone doesn’t raise much suspicion that it could be the next version of Google Glass, the device’s FCC label wont be physically printed on the device and will instead use an e-label which was also included in the filing. Just looking over the e-label — black background with white lettering — it looks uncannily similar to the UI featured in Google Glass. Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be much else revealed in the filing. No surprise there.
While the public is still mulling over whether or not we even want to see another version of Google Glass, it looks like Google is ready to give it another go. The form it will take (VR headset? Augmented reality?), is still anyone’s guess.
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Next-Gen Google Glass Could Take a Picture With Finger Frames

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Google were retiring the Google Glass Explorer program to knuckle down and work on a commercially viable product. This quickly led to reports of Google Glass being “dead”, but a more accurate term would be that it’s gone into hibernation, to emerge as a better product later in the year. Or at least that’s the hope, anyway. Under the leadership of Tony Fadell from Nest, it seems like Google Glass could easily emerge as a well-polished piece of hardware, one with an innovative new feature for taking photos.
Google Glass was famously lambasted online and in the media for being able to take photos of people on the sly as it featured a head-mounted camera. Pictures from prominent Google staff members have shown off why being able to take photos using just your voice can lead to excellent images, but the general public soon grew wary of Google Glass. If this latest patent is anything to go on, it looks like Google is hoping to ease those concerns with a new, more obvious way for Glass users to take a photo. In a U.S. Patent Filing, Google details a way for Glass to take a photo using a frame created by the user’s fingers. The patent details detection of the shape made by the user and then taking the image without any further prompts.
This is an interesting development for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s the sort of gimmicky feature that’s easily marketable to consumers, it’s a feature that the final product could become known for and as Tony Fadell, one of the fathers of iPod could tell you, features people can get behind can make or break a product. Secondly, the ability to take photos with Glass has been divisive from the very beginning, making this a little more obvious could warm the public up to Glass, rather than being displeased at yet another feature that could be used to invade privacy. Either way, this is just a patent right now, and may or may not make its way into a final product. It is nice however, to see that Google is working on new features.
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More Google Glass Enterprise details reveal foldable design, rugged build and water resistance





In case you didn’t know, Google is still working on Google Glass for a consumer launch, and although they’ve ended the Explorer program they still pilot the device in a semi-public way through the Google Glass Enterprise Edition. Select businesses are the only ones with access to this private continued development.
That means new details are bound to leak out despite Tony Fadell’s wish that their developments remain sealed until the team is ready for a commercial launch. So what’s the latest unit looking like?
According to 9to5Google, the latest Glass Enterprise prototype features hinges for folding the battery and display components, which should make for easier and safer storage. The chassis holding the computing bits is also a lot tougher so as to withstand the eventual accidents that can happen in the work place.
Beyond that, the unit also has an increased resistance to water thanks to a minimal amount of openings and tighter button construction. A previous rumor gave us details about some improved specs for the thing, too, including a bigger display prism, improved battery life, improved heat output (or lack thereof) and faster performance thanks to an Intel Atom chipset.
This all sounds very good, and it’s our hope these improvements will somehow make their way to a commercial version of Google Glass by the time it’s ready. Otherwise, the device is said to look Let’s hope we can get a peek at this thing once it starts seeding into the lucky workplaces that’ll use it.
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Google Glass Enterprise Edition reportedly targeting a fall launch for businesses





It’s safe to say that as a consumer product, Google Glass wasn’t quite ready for masses. That’s not to say it didn’t excel in some fields, the business sector for example (healthcare, manufacturing, and energy) where Glass was the perfect fit for busy folks on-the-go. It appears that’s exactly where the next version of Glass will be headed next and according to sources out of both The Wall Street Journal and Re/code, this new version of Google Glass designed for “Glass at Work” partners is already being developed and could quietly launch as early as this fall.
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition is said to be a complete overhaul of the Explorer Edition, with a more rugged, foldable design and the ability to attach to different glasses. There’s also word that the display will be larger and thinner (not like the original’s bulky cube) and Google will opt for a much better Intel Atom processor to power the thing, with optional external battery packs for extra juice. It likely wont be as pretty as the original, but it could be much more useful this time around.
For everyone else — us normals, for example — still debating the practicality of a basic smartwatch, it seems the consumer version of Google Glass is still quite a ways off. The WSJ tells us not to expect it for at least another year, perhaps once everyone has cooled off on the idea of public “privacy.” The best bit of news? Its price tag. Even the enterprise edition is said to be “well below” what we saw with the Explorer Edition. Those of you mulling over picking up Google Glass during its initial run but couldn’t get over its exorbitant pricing, this should be music to your ears.
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Google To Further Develop Google Glass Under New Project






Google is trying to rejuvenate its flagging Google Glass project by hiring three experts from Amazon’s Lab 126 to galvanize its development. Lab 126 is a research and development company that is very well known for being tight-lipped about the current projects it is working on. The project dubbed Project Aura (Not to be confused with Project Ara, which is developing Google’s proposed modular phone) is aimed at improving the current technology of the Google Glass and advancing the development of wearable technology. The project is thought to have been started in June. It will take on rivals like Facebook, Apple and Microsoft in the development of wearable devices.
Project Aura will remain with Google and will not be under the Alphabet Inc. holding company or in the Nest Labs smart appliances just yet. Alphabet Inc. is a holding company that owns companies which are owned or tied to Google and Nest Labs is a company which is under parent company, Google. However, Nest CEO Tony Fadell will be able to have a high-level of supervision over the project but is unclear of what would happen within the project if Nest Labs become a company under Alphabet. Google is on a roll to hire new innovative minds for its project and it has its own project recruiter which is dedicated to finding the right people for the project. Job positions were seen being posted in LinkedIn and other various job-seeking portals.
For a bit of background, the Google Glass is a device which can be worn on your head like a pair of spectacles. This device enables the user to perform Google searches and send e-mails. It can also take pictures, videos or live stream videos. It works by voice commands and has a place where you can slide your fingers at the side of the device to select other various functions. Project Aura is aimed at rebranding the Glass. The image of the Glass has been mired in controversy due to privacy concerns, expensive price and many design flaws. Public interest in the Glass has been fizzling out as of late. Google has stopped selling the Glass to the general public, but it is still selling it to businesses for workplace use.
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Google’s New ‘Holograms’ Patent Seems Promising





More or less everyone reading this know what Google Glass is. Google’s smartglasses have been around for quite some time, but they’re still a niche product. Well, it seems like Google is working hard to improve Google Glass, and perhaps even makes a mainstream product of it one day. The company was granted a new patent, a patent for using holograms in a head mounted display (like the one on Google Glass). Sounds interesting? Well, it potentially could be, read on.
Technology like this basically lets Google create augmented reality in front of you, they’ll be able to impose CGI (computer-generated imagery) atop the real world, which sure sounds futuristic. When Tech Crunch asked Google about the patent, the Mountain View giant said the following: “We hold patents on a variety of ideas – some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents”. As you can tell, this response really doesn’t shed any light on the matter.
This patent could have something to do with Magic Leap we’ve talked about in the past, but there’s still no confirmation or anything of the sort as far as that goes. Anyhow, the potential of this new ‘hologram’ tech is huge. just image if Google was able to put hologram content atop of real world objects, that experience would definitely be unique. The patent listing also describes how this patent could be used: “with augmented reality the viewer’s image of the world is augmented with an overlaying CGI, also referred to as a heads-up display”.
Why did we mention Magic Leap? Well, the company has filed a number of trademarks for forthcoming augmented reality content lately. The theory that Magic Leap and Google Glass will cross paths in the future is backed by SmartUp Legal’s founder, Mikhail Avady. “I believe Google wants Magic Leap to be the content provider for Google Glass. If we look at their trademark applications, it shows very story and content based trademarks. Magic Leap wants to turn the world into a movie theater and Google wants it to be through Glass,” said Mr. Avady. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next, but this sure sounds promising.
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New Google Glass Said To Have Screenless Variant






In the world of wearables, the one that has perhaps garnered the most attention for Google was Glass, the augmented reality powered glasses which went through quite the lengthy beta run if you will, known as the Explorer Edition, that cost a hefty amount and was only available by invite for a time. Glass is all but dead, as Nest CEO Tony Fadell now heads the project, renamed Aura, and there have been numerous details that have surfaced pointing to a new more enterprise-focused approach for Google’s new Glass device going forward. A new report, however, suggests that Google may also have a second Glass wearable in the works that is eliminating the screen from the equation, in addition to one variant of the wearable that has one on board.
Rumored details point to a possible three versions of the Glass devices in total, with Google taking the screen-equipped model and positioning it as a device meant for enterprise use. Google Glass making a solid jump to enterprise shouldn’t be a shock, as this isn’t the first time this enterprise was mentioned, but a second device without a screen is a curious direction as the display is how previous model Glass users interacted with the content they searched for by voice.
The new models that are reportedly in development currently would work by using bone conduction technology just like the Explorer Edition of Glass, but without a display they would instead relay content information to users through audio. While there is no confirmation that Google would release three different models of Glass, if they launch two non-enterprise variations, one is said to be aimed at those with an active lifestyle making it basically a “Sport” model of the device, while the other would simply target the rest of consumers, and all are set for a possible launch sometime next year, although there are no specific dates which have been mentioned. With audio being the primary and only method of relaying information back to the user, it’ll be interesting to see how well the setup works, and what Google has come up with for the design.
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Google Glass patent shows that specs may become a monocle

Although the first generation of Google Glass was a failure, the company may not be giving up on the techie specs.











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Google's new patent for Glass includes images of a device that doesn't resemble traditional glasses.
Google/USPTO Google Glass could return in the form of a monocle. A potential version of the techie specs has made an appearance in a patent, granted to Google this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The device appears to rest on one side of the face, tucking over one ear with the display perched just above the eye. Images are included with documentation for the new patent, titled "Wearable Device with Input and Output Structures."
The patent describes a device that could adjust to each user's head and recall that configuration for later use. The device would offer a heads-up display for playing video that could even be viewable in the other eye via a prism.




The first generation of Google Glass, announced in 2012 and released to developers in 2013, failed despite initial excitement and endorsements from the tech world. Glass connected to the Internet and overlaid images and graphics over what people could see with their non-computer eyes. The wearable was obtrusive, though, and many people had deep reservations about potential invasion of privacy, including not knowing when they were being filmed.
Google stopped selling Google Glass in January and said it needed a chance to pause and reset its plans. At that time, Google said it would relaunch a new version of the product in 2015, but that plan has not materialized. Tony Fadell, the brains behind the iPod and the Nest smart thermostat, is now in charge of the project, and there have been rumors that it will relaunch as an enterprise device.
As with all patents, there is no guarantee that the technology pictured in this new patent, granted Tuesday, will ever see the light of day. This may be particularly true in the case of this patent, which was filed in September 2012 -- long before the public's reactions to Google Glass arose. By offering a less-noticeable device, though, Google could potentially alienate fewer people.
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Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1




Today we're getting our first good look at Google Glass version 2, also known (for now) as Google Glass: Enterprise Edition. This version of the device has a few changes in its hardware - the most apparent of which is the removal of the metal bar that attached the glass unit to the opposite side of the wearer's head. There's also a ball joint for the eyepiece. But what's most important here is the addition of a single light - right near the front-facing camera.



Google X head Astro Teller believed that it was Google's own hype machine that killed Glass. As of May of 2015, Teller was suggesting that the public may have felt that the product was meant to be a final-release device, instead of a limited-edition test product, so to speak. Google may have even supported this idea, said Teller in so many words, without making clear that Google Glass wasn't meant for the wide public in the shape it was in at release.
Much of that hype - outside of Google - wasn't all positive. Much of the news that appeared over the months Google Glass was most popular was about businesses that were banning Google Glass due to its front-facing and relatively discreet camera.


One major reason for the device's camera being a concern was the fact that a casual onlooker could not tell whether or not said camera was active or not.



For the new model, that wont be so much of a problem. With the new model, a tiny LED will show everyone when you're taking a photo or recording a video.
Problem solved? Maybe one problem solved - now Google will just have to solve the rest. Or, since the device isn't aimed at everyday average consumers anymore, the light could be the only solution needed to make Google Glass a success.
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Google Glass for Enterprise Passes Through FCC Testing


I can’t decide if it feels like it has been years or weeks since Google announced the first Google Glass Explorers Program at I/O 2012 by jumping out of a blimp above the conference that was going on. Such drama. Such excitement. Google’s latest model of Glass passed through the FCC recently and the news just seems, not as exciting.



To be sold in the United States with a WiFi and Bluetooth radio inside, this FCC stop is fairly routine. It needs to pass regulations, which is the cause for all the boring measurement photos of the device. Rumors of this upcoming device say that it’s going to feature 5GHz WiFi capability, increased battery life and some other improvements, but Google hasn’t officially announced anything yet. Luckily for us, stops like this by the men and women at the FCC usually mean a finished product isn’t too far down the line.


What’s surprising to us is the mundane feeling this Glass news brings. Such a fall from where it started in 2012 with the extreme sports entrance into a live crowd during Google I/O. Is this the niche that Glass has been relegated to so it can make a profit? Enterprise and business customers? Business is business I guess. After re-watching that entrance into I/O, I’m trying to imagine what could have been if Glass didn’t cost $1,500 to try.
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Google X head Astro Teller believed that it was Google's own hype machine that killed Glass.
Nope, it's the fact that anyone wearing Glass looks like a fucking goof.
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