Jan 09

Would you wear Google Glass if it looked like this?



LAS VEGAS — Of all the problems with Google Glass, the biggest one was social acceptance. No matter what they did for you, the device simply looked too dorky for the vast majority of the public to consider wearing.

But what if it had looked almost exactly like a regular pair of glasses? That’s the dream of smart glasses, and companies like ODG and Vuzix have been working toward that goal for years. There’s been progress, but there hasn’t been a smart-glass concept that addresses what consumers ostensibly want: A device that looks like a regular pair of glasses.

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Jan 06

DigiLens helmet adds augmented reality view for motorcyclists



While companies like Microsoft are showing off augmented reality tools like the HoloLens, which is designed for stationary users, a company called DigiLens has just unveiled a kind of mobile AR tool that motorcyclists will soon be able to use to navigate the road

At first glance, the easiest way to describe the device is as “Google Glass for motorcycle helmets,” except the viewing lens is significantly larger


DigiLens’ device magnetically fastens itself to the rider’s helmet, just in front of the eye, delivering real-time updates on information including traffic warnings, fuel usage, speed and engine functions. The outside world data streamed into the lens is culled from a 360-degree view of traffic and road conditions around the biker Read more…

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Dec 28

4 exciting Australian startups to watch in 2016



2015 was a big year for Australian startups — the government decided it wanted an “ideas boom,” announcing a A$1.1 billion (US$799 million) innovation fund, and Sydney-based software darling Atlassian went public in a big way.

Startup fever has hit Australia, and 2016 should be just as eventful. Here are 4 startups — some big, some up-and-coming — to keep an eye on in the new year.

1. Canva

It’s been a bumper year for Sydney-based graphic design startup CanvaFounded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, Canva this year claimed 5 million users who have created more than 35 million designs on the platform. Read more…

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Dec 28

This is what Google Glass 2.0 looks like



Google’s not done with Google Glass just yet. We finally have our first look at what the rebooted augmented reality glasses will look like. Spoiler alert: Not very different.

The first images of Google Glass 2.0 have appeared online courtesy of documents posted to the Federal Communications Commission website.

The augmented reality glasses shown in the images are reportedly for the Google Glass “Enterprise Edition,” the rebooted version of Glass being worked on by Tony Fadell and his team

Whereas the original Google Glass “Explorer Edition” was aimed at consumers, the Explorer Edition is designed to help in the workplace. As previously reported, the new version of Google Glass has a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Read more…

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Dec 02

Buying a smartwatch as a gift this holiday? Here’s what to get



The smartwatch market is still in its infancy, and as tech companies and traditional watchmakes alike scramble to capture the interest of would-be buyers, consumers have almost too many options

Do you opt for the high-priced wrist candy advertised by Apple as the Tiffany of wearable tech, or do you wade into the world of a hundred notifications and apps that typify Android-powered devices? The choices can be daunting, especially if you’re rushing to get a holiday gift for the techie in your life

But fear not: The following is all you need to know about buying a smartwatch in late 2015. Read more…

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Dec 01

Google Glass could come back with a less intrusive, flexible design



The next iteration of Google Glass could get a whole new look.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a patent on Nov. 24 for a “wearable device with input and output structures” that could be Glass’ redesign.

google patent illustration glass

Image: Google

An illustration in the patent, above, shows a snake-like device that only occupies one side of the face. It looks like it rests on one ear, and the display extends to the front, hovering above the eye. The patent says the band is adjustable for each user and can maintain that configuration for later use. Read more…

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Nov 24

Google shows it’s serious by making its most ambitious projects pay for themselves



Google is about to make its famous moonshot projects a little more grounded.

Alphabet, the newly created parent company for Google, is planning to make its most ambitious — and some would say unrealistic — divisions more fiscally responsible by requiring them to pay for “backoffice” corporate necessities like recruiting, finance and marketing rather than simply mooching those services off the mothership. The move was first reported by reportThe Wall Street Journal

Google, er, Alphabet (we’re still getting used to this too) have a range of standalone moonshot companies, including Google X, a secretive lab that previously developed projects like self-driving cars and Google Glass, and Google Life Sciences, for ambitious healthcare research Read more…

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Sep 17

Google Glass, formerly Project Glass, is now reportedly called Project Aura



Google’s smart glasses just can’t keep a name. The project, initially called Project Glass, was subsequently renamed to Google Glass, and is now called Project Aura, according to multiple reports.

According to Business Insider, whose report was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, Project Aura started in June, with Google hiring electronics experts from Amazon’s research division, Lab126, to revive the Glass project

Aura should result in a next-generation Glass, but other wearables are also a possibility. The Aura team will work hand in hand with several other research groups within Google, including those behind Project Soli and Google Cardboard Read more…

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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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