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Google Glass project makes surprise appearance at CES 2013

CES 2013 - I want a pair of Google Glasses pretty bad, and this isn't helping - Electrical Lead for the Google Glass project, Russ Mirov, was caught wearing the augmented reality headset at CES 2013.

 

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There's not much news to make of this, other than the picture snapped above, but by the looks of things he'd be looking up high to see the screen itself. They look a bit prototype-y with the metal hanging over the nose, but they are a while from being purchased by consumers.

Dad creates video-capable quadrocopter to watch his son walk to the bus stop, redefines the meaning of hovering parent

If there's anything us parents want to do, it's keep our kids as safe as humanly possible - well, one dad has taken this step in a technologically driven direction for a change.

 

Paul Wallich would normally walk his son to the bus stop near their house - a 400m journey each and everyday. He did this to make sure his son safely got onto the bus and was on his way to school. 400m isn't a huge distance, but it can be an annoyance during the winter, or when he was super busy.

 

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Wallich decided there had to be a way around this, and to watch his son get escorted to school from the comfort of his warm home. Wallich built a quadrocopter that sports a camera that streams a live feed directly to his PC. This process wasn't too hard, as quadrocopter kits are available at most hobby and electronics specialty shops.

 

A live video feed of his son walking to the bus stop wasn't a huge feat, either, as Wallich just attached a smartphone to the hovering bodyguard, and used a video chatting application to stream video to his PC. This was the end of the easy part of this journey, the hard part was getting the now video-equipped quadrocopter to track his son's movements during his walk to the bus stop.

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Oculus Rift gets delayed, overwhelming demand for the VR headset is to blame

The makers behind the Rift head-mounted VR device, Oculus, have just come out and disappointed thousands of people across the world. Oculus' Rift was meant to see the release of a developer kit before Christmas, but now it has been pushed back four months into 2013.

 

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The Rift's developer kit will be released in April, and has been delayed due to an overwhelming response:

 

We hoped to sell a few hundred kits to game developers and virtual reality enthusiasts around the world. Instead, we were blown away by the overwhelming response from a community of almost 10,000 backers, who raised nearly $2.5 million dollars to help us develop the Oculus Rift.

 

Obviously thousands of extra developer kits will need to be not only made, but sent out to keen users. There is one particular reason it has been delayed, and that is the internal display. The original Rift was meant to sport a 5.6-inch display, but that display is no longer available which means the team has been forced to switch to a 7-inch display. But, good has come from this - the team have said: "the new display beats the old display in almost every key area including response time, switching time, contrast and color quality."

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Microsoft working on their own augmented reality glasses, watch out Google Project Glass

I'm salivating at the thought of being able to use Google's Project Glass, but it looks like Microsoft have just begun throwing rumors out there that they are too, working on their own augmented reality glasses.

 

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The Redmond-based OS giant applied for a patent back in May of 2011 for the glasses, which means that development for the new technology should be well into its life by now. Microsoft's glasses are unique in the way that instead of using a tiny transparent display, Microsoft's glasses will actually use full eye glass.

 

Microsoft's product will most likely end up being made more for specific events, rather than everyday use. Their glasses will be capable of displaying text, images and video directly in front of you - ideal for sporting events or a concert. There's not much else known about their glasses, but I'm sure we should hopefully hear more at CES in Las Vegas in January 2013.

New report puts Google Glass release date as late as 2014, techies breathe a collective sigh of sadness

Fans of augmented reality are excited for Google's upcoming Project Glass, which aims to put a computer into a wearable pair of glasses. Those glasses will be capable of overlaying information as wearers walk around cities, take hands-free pictures, and all kinds of other cool stuff that we can't even fathom yet.

 

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Unfortunately, it looks like they still are a few years off. Google originally announced the glasses back in June. They could be preordered for $1,500, for which purchasers got a plaque with their queue number on it. Google isn't saying when the glasses will be completed or when they will be released, though Sergey Brin has worn them out in public.

 

TIME magazine may have let slip some information that puts a date on the release. According to their "Best Inventions of the Year 2012" column, TIME provides the date that we will have them by as 2014. "Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014." They don't provide a source or explanation for the time frame, but we're sure they have checked up on that date with people in the know.

 

So there you have it: you'll have to wait until 2014 to get your hands on Google Glass, but it'll be worth the wait.

Wearable computing market to reach $1.5 billion by 2014

Something I'm utterly excited for is Google's Project Glass, wearable computing, and it looks like this market is going to be huge in just a couple of years time according to a new study from Juniper.

 

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The study reports that the wearable computing market will reach $800 million next year from existing products, such as smart watches and personal health and fitness devices. Juniper also says that consumers are expected to spend around $1.5 billion on wearable computing devices by 2014.

 

Google's Project Glass is going to end up being the driving force behind this, but it is now known if Project Glass is will be popular with the general public, but I have a huge feeling it will be.

Olympus show off MEG 4.0, a Project Glass-style wearable display prototype

Google's Project Glass augmented reality wonder device may be on everyone's wish lists for Christmas 2013, but that is a fair while away. Olympus have just announced their own prototype of a glasses-mounted heads-up display, the MEG 4.0.

 

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Olympus have reportedly been working on wearable displays for a few years now, but considering the fan fare Google received and how they're moving the technology closer to consumers, the timing seems perfect for Olympus to unveil their product. Olympus' MEG 4.0 floats a 320x240 screen above the user's regular eye-line and hooks up through Bluetooth to a nearby smart device. MEG 4.0 weighs around 30g and has a decent 8-hour battery life in intermittent display mode that will automatically turn on the display every 3 minutes for just 15 seconds only.

 

MEG 4.0 features a built-in accelerometer that detects the position of the user's head and reacts accordingly. One major thing Olympus' MEG 4.0 doesn't include is a camera, which is something that Google's Project Glass sports, and will most likely be one of the strong points of Google's product versus Olmypus' offering. At the moment, Olympus haven't hinted at pricing, or availability, and there's no video demonstration of their technology, either.

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Google says Glass is a premium product, and that worn tech will be "the norm" eventually

And I say bring it on. Part of an in-depth interview with Wired, where they sat down with two of Glass' project managers, where a bunch of information on the dimensions of the project, as well as specifications were revealed.

 

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When asked about the $1,500 pre-order price of the augmented reality wearable device, the project heads said they were aiming for a reasonable price point that would be accessible to developers. Google does view Project Glass as a premium product, and this should be obvious to most by now.

 

The device will hit a price somewhere below $1,500, but Google will not be aiming for entry-level at all. The project heads also think that the sort of wearable computing that Glass is, will very much be the norm within three-to-five years. Google plan to begin shipping out units to developers in early-2013, and the consumer-ready version of Glass is expected to arrive in 2014.

Want Google's Project Glass? $1,500 Project Glass Explorer Edition is now available, pre-orders for 2013 release only at Google I/O

Google I/O 2012: Do you want Google's augmented reality-powered Project Glass as badly as I do? Well, if you were lucky enough to attend Google I/O, you could enter the Project Glass Explorer Edition.

 

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Google announced the Project Glass Explorer Edition, which is a developer version of their heads-up display glasses, and costs you $1,500. But, you'll get access to the glasses before anyone else, most likely sometime later this year.

 

Would you pay $1,500 to have a beta product of these glasses if all you had to do was talk about your experiences, bugs, what you loved/hated, etc? I sure as hell would, but I'm just a pure tech junkie. Throw those glasses on my face, Google!

Google shows off an incredible demo of Google Glass, live skydiving has never been so cool

Google I/O 2012: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, voice included, took to the stage of the Moscone West and was to deliver a demo of Google Glass, which involved a bunch of testers in a Google+ hangout, all connected through their eyewear.

 

 

Did I mention they jump out of a plane? Oh, and land on the Mascone West building and deliver something to Brin? Yep. Brin adds "being able to share what you're seeing is amazing". The trick involved four skydivers sporting the Google Glass hardware, jumping out of a plane toward the Mascone West building. The video quality is not bad considering its all transmitting over Wi-Fi on various transmitters, to the plane, and the ground.

 

After they touched down, Google showed off how seamless video sharing can be, with a small crew of bikers performing flips off of a carefully-placed mount, and afterward two people took the Glass on a ride as they ran down the side of the Moscone Center. Yes, ran down the damn side of the building, with Glass on.

 

Personally, I thought it was incredible. It really shows off just how cool this tech can be, this truly could be Google's 'iPhone moment'.

 

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