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Google Glass was quite the product, and while it didn't receive widespread use or universal praise, I personally thought it was a great device on the market. For one, it was something completely new - there's nothing quite like it, and if it was done right, it could turn into something very useful.
Well, it will soon have a competitor from Chinese manufacturer Allwinner. Allwinner hasn't named its wearable yet, but they have said that it will be a Glass like device, with a much better price of $199, compared to the $1500 asking price of the Google Glass Explorer Edition. Allwinner is really talking up its wearable, saying that it will be able to outperform Glass in both price, and performance categories.
Inside of the Allwinner wearable, we'll find their own A33 processor, with Taiwanese design firm Coretronic provided the design work on the device. It will look quite similar to Google Glass, but cost nearly 1/10 of what Mountain View was charging. It will feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but right now there is no release date for Allwinner's Glass competitor.
An issue with the Apple Watch's taptic engines has slowed the wearable's rollout, but Apple will resolve the problems and move on, according to an analyst. This is the first new product under CEO Tim Cook's leadership, so expect reported problems to be thoroughly investigated.
"Apple always has produced a phenomenal product. They are driven to produce a high-quality product, so I think they will iron out all these issues and bring a quality product to market," said Ivan Feinseth, analyst and chief investment officer at Tigress Asset Management, in a statement published by CNBC.
The popular Silicon Valley company is closely watched by consumers, analysts, and the media, typically fixing issues with its products sooner rather than later. Analysts still believe millions of Apple Watch units will be sold this year, helping give a major boost to the wearables market in 2015.
Trying to predict what is next for wearables is extremely difficult, but as technology advances at a rapid rate, it seems likely we'll have to get ready for "disappearables." It could be less than five years when sensors are so advanced that "hearables" can be used to fit products directly into your ear, and then disappearables will be right around the corner.
Smartwatches will lead the wearables market over the next three years, and hearables will be next, accounting for around $15 billion of a $30 billion market. The wearables market still needs time to become more mainstream, but hardware manufacturers and app developers have time to work on their products before launching publicly.
It looks like disappearables will have an immediate impact in medical and fitness tracking, but there are plenty of other options available. Using machine learning, disappearables could recommend physical changes to help make people healthier - and to make access to technology even easier.
With the Apple Watch now getting to consumers and strapping onto their wrists, news is coming out that not only are there supply constraints that are hurting Apple Watch sales, but there is a major defect in the taptic engine of Watch.
The Wall Street Journal is running with the report, saying that the taptic engine - which causes the Watch to vibrate, or "tap" when users receive notifications or alerts, is experiencing problems. One of the two suppliers of this particular part has faulty hardware, and some of that faulty component has found its way into batches of Apple's Watch.
AAC Technologies Holdings, which is based in Shenzhen, China, has been making the taptic engines for Apple, but they've found that they "break down over time". This has forced Apple to throw away Watches that would've otherwise been okay, something that has caused availability times to bounce by a few months. Availability on the Apple Watch is now June for all models and configurations, which could be a result from the taptic engine issues.
Build 2015 - Microsoft has kicked off its Build 2015 developers conference, where the world has gotten a deeper look at HoloLens. HoloLens, if you haven't read about it yet, is Microsoft's holographic headset, which acts as an augmented reality visor with some impressive results. Check it out:
The company has said that what you see in the video above with resizeable 'holograms' is something you can do with any Windows 10 Universal application, meaning you can pin calendars, pictures, e-mail, or even a movie to your 'wall' inside the HoloLens, and continue to work and play around it.
Once the app is there, you can overlay a hologram on top of a physical object, and make tweaks to it without having to sit back at your desk and tap away on your keyboard. The applications that will benefit from HoloLens, in my opinion, is going to be extensive. This is one of the most exciting technologies right now outside of the Oculus Rift and HTC/Valve Vive VR headsets, and most surprising of all: it has come from Microsoft.
We still don't know if the Oculus Rift will be launching this year, or if it does launch we could face low units, but when CV1 (Consumer Version 1) launches, we should expect something magical.
Reading the documentation on the Oculus Audio SDK, it notes that the Oculus CV1 will have an integrated DAC and headphone port!- Sean Halloran (@Comic_Seans) April 27, 2015
According to Sean Halloran, or @Comic_Seans on Twitter, a game and software developer at Myomo, in Cambridge, MA - the Oculus Rift CV1 will feature an integrated DAC and built-in headphone port. He noticed the details in the documentation of the Oculus Audio SDK, which has now all but confirmed the use of the integrated DAC and headphone port.
As seen on the Apple Subreddit recently, users donning heavy tattoos are having issues operating their shiny new Apple Watch products.
With the first finding posted by user guinne55fan, it was reported that he believed a faulty wrist detector to be at fault. His recount claimed that "the watch would lock up every time the screen went dark and prompted me for my password. I wouldn't receive notifications. I couldn't figure out why especially since the watch was definitely not losing contact with my skin."
Upon contacting Apple some steps were taken to alleviate the issue with no control and he was told that engineers would be in contact within a week.
The super-awesome, always-smiling co-founder and VP of Product for Oculus VR, Nate Mitchell, will be talking about all things virtual reality at TechCrunch Disrupt NY next month.
With unconfirmed reports that the Rift might not make it this year, or if it does it might be in very short supply, Mitchell might be able to give us a clearer picture of what Oculus VR has planned for the world. We should also expect Mitchell to hopefully tease possibly input methods for the Rift, such as controllers, gloves, joysticks and more.
I'm sure we won't see too much with E3 2015 right around the corner, but we can wish, right?
Google might not be pushing along with the first generation of its Glass product, but it looks like the company is still working on something Glass-like, by sending in a new "smart BLE" device through to the FCC for approval.
The A4R-CAP1 device has a few things that let us know it's a new wearable, such as the digital FCC label below looking just like the Glass interface cards, something that you see when you swipe across. This shows us that we should expect a touchstrip of some kind, just as Google Glass featured.
We could see another device that uses Glass-like navigation, but I think we're going to see the next iteration of Glass shown off at Google I/O in a couple of months time, what do you think?
With the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets now on the market, Samsung is preparing the release of its new Gear VR Innovator Edition headset.
The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets, with pre-orders now open. Samsung will be releasing it as the "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6" and will be made available through Samsung's own website, and through Best Buy in the United States starting on May 8.
The previous iteration of Gear VR worked only on the larger Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, and retailed for $199. The new Gear VR will be priced at $199, too.