Jul 30

Report: Google is delivering next-generation Glass to businesses



Don’t call it a Google Glass comeback… yet.

Google has been quietly delivering its new generation of Glass to a variety of businesses, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The new enterprise Glass differs from the first iteration in that it attaches to a set of glasses, rather than having its own wire frame.

Google discontinued the first version of Glass in January, placing Nest founder Tony Fadell at the head of developing the next generation. The first generation was a bit of a failure for Google, both in terms of its limited functionality and its image; many found it pretentious and creepy. Read more…

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Jul 21

The next version of Google Glass will be foldable, more durable



Google Glass 2.0, which will be aimed at the enterprise and workplace, will reportedly fold up like a regular pair of glasses.

According to a 9to5Google report, Google Glass 2.0 will also be water-resistant and sport a more rugged design.

The report says the new rugged design is “built to withstand normal drops and bumps” and will also have fewer buttons and ports. The “Explorer Edition” of Google Glass only has two buttons: the on/off button and a camera button

Unless Google plans to remove the touchpad on the side of Google Glass, which is used for navigation and can be tapped like a button, there aren’t many buttons to remove in the first place. Read more…

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Jul 08

Google Glass for enterprise will be larger and faster, report says



Google Glass may have been a flop, but Google isn’t giving up on the augmented reality glasses.

Following a recent FCC filing discovery, 9to5Google has revealed details of the next version of Google Glass, which will be reportedly be designed for applications in the enterprise space, as opposed to general consumer use.

Called “Enterprise Edition” (the first generation was called “Explorer Edition”), the updated Google Glass is said to sport a larger prism display, an Intel Atom processor (first model’s CPU was made by Texas Instruments) that will be faster than existing Android Wear smartwatches, and better battery life Read more…

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Jul 04

Google FCC filing may point to next version of Google Glass



The rise and fall of Google Glass from cool edge tech to bar room punchline may be about to take another turn

A new set of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents filed by Google offers a peek at an upcoming device that is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality, just like the first version of Google Glass

The documents detailing the device, termed “GG1,” doesn’t go into great detail about what the device does, but tidbits of information, surfaced by Droid Life, point toward the possibility that it might just be the second version of Google Glass Read more…

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Jun 23

Google jumps into medicine with wearable health tracker



The same company that gave us Google Glass is now working on another kind of wearable: a health tracker

Google has developed a wristwatch-like device that can track your pulse, activity level, heart rate and skin temperature. The big difference between this new device and the company’s Android Wear platform is that the new tracker is intended for medical use. The idea is to track the wearer’s health data, such as heart rate, continuously.

“Doctors have always looked for new ways to gain insight into the subtle biological patterns that could help earlier diagnosis or intervention in disease,” said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, in an emailed statement provided to Mashable. “Our hope is that this technology could unlock a new class of continuous, medical-grade information that makes it easier to understand these patterns and manage serious health conditions.” Read more…

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Jun 03

Google founder Larry Page: ‘We should be optimists’



Larry Page has a message for anyone who doubts the future that Google and others are building: “We should be optimists.”

During Google’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, a recent law school graduate who happens to own stock in the Internet giant confessed to having lost his “sense of imagination” and asked Google’s CEO whether the company is pushing us toward a dystopian future.

“From a philosophical point of view, when is Google’s mission done and what will that look like? Will it be Wall-E or the Matrix or something horrible like that?” said the shareholder, who introduced himself as Eugene. “I’d like to believe in the awesome videos for Google Glass and stuff, but I was wondering if you ever sat down and thought, at the end of the day, 50, 100, 1000 years in the future: what will Google have created.” Read more…

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May 28

Google looks to correct its past mistakes at I/O conference



When Larry Page took to the stage at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, 2013, his company ruled the world. The stock was well on its way to $1,000, “moonshot” projects like Google Glass were just making their way to users and, earlier that day, Google unveiled a new Google Maps feature that would let people see — and visually control — the Earth’s path in orbit

With the Earth lit up and spinning behind him, Page gave an impromptu monologue about his Michigan upbringing, the feeling of “goosebumps” he got thinking about all the good work Google was doing as well as a candid assessment of just how much work he felt Google and the technology industry had left to do. Read more…

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