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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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'.
Advancements in 3D are made every day. No longer do users have to suffer through those red and cyan glasses to watch 3D movies. Some implementations nowadays, like the Nintendo 3DS, don't require any fancy headgear at all. It seems as though the future of 3D isn't that far off and the Star Trek holodeck technology may no longer remain a fantasy.
Sharp Labs Europe are leading the development of a new communication technology that will help to make 3D images indistinguishable from reality by using holographic technology. Some brush off 3D as just a gimmick, but others see it as just the first step. "The ultimate goal is to make a holographic display and what I mean by that is a display that shows images that are indistinguishable from reality," Mather says.
The first step, however, is to make it as commonplace as driving. "I think a sensible target is for 3D displays to become a natural part of modern life," Mather explains to Humans Invent. "Home cinema systems showing 3D movies, computer games played in an immersive environment and holiday photos presented with depth."
Just how far off from this goal are we? And what is the goal? Mather explains: "The ultimate 3D display is a holographic display. Many people don't realise but there is one thing missing from today's stereoscopic 3D displays."
That small little project being worked on by Google is gathering more publicity. In a recent interview with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Sergey allowed Newsom to put the glasses on to see a picture that Sergey had taken with the glasses. When asked, Sergey wouldn't say how the picture was taken, but we do now know that there is a touchpad on the side behind the display.
In the picture above, you can see Mr. Brin operating the touchpad with his finger while looking for the picture he had taken previously. After being found, Newsom got to wear the glasses and commented on them: "You can easily forget you have them on, and sense the capacity of use in the future."
Newsom expressed that he was impressed with the quality of the image taken, especially since the stage isn't ideal for demoing a display. He even commented that the "image was remarkably clear." Brin also let everyone know that those are a rough prototype: "I have some hopes to maybe get it out sometime next year, but that's still a little bit of a hope."
It's likely that the final product will be a fair bit different than the current version, but with the prototype being so well received, it speaks volumes for just how great this product will be. Newsom expressed that the glasses are "a heck of a lot further along than people have imagined." Brin explained Google's view on the glasses: "The idea is that you want to be free to experience the world without futzing with a phone."
Google is sure throwing quite a bit of money and support at the Project Glass augmented reality glasses. They are trying to cram so much technology into a tiny, and hopefully fashionable, package that they should become every geek's dream gadget. We still don't know much about the project other than it's being publicly tested by Google executives.
We've seen some pictures released that have been taken using the glasses and, to be honest, they aren't that great. Most modern smartphones could easily outpace the resolution and quality, but the glasses do have one advantage: Point-of-view. Pictures can be taken hands-free and are from the perspective of the wearer.
Google has now released a 15-second video that was taken while the user was jumping on a trampoline. This really is where these glasses start to shine. It would have been near impossible to take a video like this without these glasses. The quality of the video isn't stunning by any means, but for users who video blog their lives, these glasses are an invaluable piece of technology.
Intel building Skynet, are launching research into technology that mimics the human brain and "learns" about its user
Reuters is reporting that Intel are launching research in Israel into technology that will mimic the human brain, with devices that will hopefully "learn" about their user. Intel's Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner told reporters in Tel Aviv:
Machine learning is such a huge opportunity. Despite their name, smartphones are rather dumb devices. My smartphone doesn't know anything more about me than when I got it. All of these devices will come to know us as individuals, will very much tailor themselves to us.
Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence, as well as specialists from the Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem will carry out the research, and is aimed at enabling new applications, as well as small, wearable computers that can enhance, or help with daily life. One example cited is if you were to leave your keys in the house, the wearable system would remember where you left them, and learn this. By the second week it will remind the user to pick up the keys before you leave the house.
News on Google's augmented reality Glasses hasn't been strong since they were teased a few weeks ago, but CEO Larry Page was spotted rocking the Glasses in London. The pictures you see below are thanks to a Google employee, where they posted them on Google+.
The employee wrote alongside his pictures "My life is now complete - met Larry Page today! Thank you for visiting EMEA". Google's Glasses project is quite big, as its the company's first jump into cutting-edge hardware.
On top of this, thanks to the acquisition of Motorola yesterday, we should see Google's hardware division strengthened considerably. The best picture is the one above, where I think Page is laughing at the Facebook share prices tanking, as a layer in front of his eyes thanks to the Glasses, but that's just my guess.
Google have applied for a patent in regards to their augmented reality-based 'Project Glass', the patent in question relates to a finger ring that controls technology such as Project Glass.
The patent is described as a "wearable market for passive interaction", in the form of a ring, artificial fingernails or other wearable items that could interact with a head-mounted display. The technology would reflect infrared light, which isn't visible to the naked eye.
A single camera could determine two-dimensional positioning, backed up by a pair of cameras that would detect three-dimensional positioning. The heads-up display (HUD) would sport menus, and would be controlled by the marker's position or specific gestures. This patent would definitely make sense, especially for things like navigation, and more.