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It looks like Samsung may be the first to offer up a true competitor to Google's Glass with its Gear Glass wearable smartglasses. New reports are suggesting that Samsung will launch the new wearable at the 2014 IFA conference held later this year in berlin Germany. The launch would take place in September, with retail sales beginning before the holiday season is over.
Unlike Google Glass which runs on a version of Android, Samsung's Gear Glass will run a version of its Tizen operating system that has been dramatically slimmed down to only offer the needed functionality. Rumors suggest that this will limit the device to use only with other Samsung Galaxy and Gear products, much like Samsung's Gear smartwatch. Personally, I see this as a major flaw, but it seems to be working out for Samsung so far. Unfortunately no mention was made of what the Gear Glass wearable may cost, but I would not be surprised if it is upwards of $1000 USD.
At $1500 the Google Glass headset it easily the most expensive wearable on the market. IHS has laid hands-on one of the Glass headsets and is now offering some details on exactly how much it costs Google to build one of the devices. According to the IHS teardown, Google spends only $152.47 to build a Glass headset.
That is a tiny fraction for the $1500 selling price. IHS throws Google a bone and says that much of the costs of a device like Glass can come from things that have nothing to do with the hardware. The additional cost for the device comes from things like engineering costs, software development, and tooling.
LG is ready to step into the wearables market big time with the Lifeband Touch. The wearable health device will go on sale in North America this weekend. The Lifeband Touch has a small 0.9-inch OLED screen and real-time access to all sorts of fitness data.
LG designed the Lifeband Touch to offer the user access to data so they can track a workout and adjust their workout plans accordingly. Power for the device comes from a 90mAh internal battery. LG claims that the battery is good for up to five days of use per charge.
Last month, Google opened up its Glass device to US residents, for a single day. Now the search giant has opened it completely, to any US resident, meaning you can buy Google Glass right now, for $1500.
Google saw an "overwhelming" response to its previous sale, but this is no consumer launch. Google is simply opening up the flood gates to its Explorer Program, with the final consumer version of Google Glass expected sometime later in the year. We should hopefully hear more about Glass at the company's Google I/O conference that kicks off on June 25.
LG has just released a new video teaser that showcases its upcoming G Watch, a smartwatch based on the new Android Wear distro from Google. Unlike Motorola's round Moto 360, the LG G Watch is built around a square design, making it appear like all of the smartwatches we have seen so far. This is where I feel that LG missed the mark, and think that Motorola's Moto 360 will fair far better in adoption.
LG is branding its G Watch as a premium wearable that will come in either black or gold trim, with an all metal case, and waterproof design. The company also touts the device's lightweight design, and claims that it is "ready for anything with a single charge." No information was given on when the device might actually launch, but we do know that it will arrive before the Q3 2014 is over.
Google is making a big play in wearables with the Glass headset. Despite wanting the device to take off, Google isn't offering the headset for sale at all times. Google recently decided to offer Glass to golfers at a tournament in Florida.
The tournament is the Player's Championship where presumably the people participating in the event have the extra cash around to plunk down $1500 on a gadget like Glass on a whim. Google bundled the Glass with a free mini-camera at the event that clamps onto the golf club.
If you've ever wanted to fly, but were restricted by that little thing we all hate called 'gravity,' well then a new contraption made by students at the Zurich University of the Arts, mixed with an Oculus Rift could solve those problems.
Birdly is what it is called, with the video above showing you what it is capable of. You will lay on the apparatus, strapped to some metal wings, wearing the Oculus Rift. There is a fan that provides some faux headwind, and even a scent emitter which allows you to smell what you would when flying through the clouds.
Now all I need, is to strap on a cape, and lose those wings and I could do what I've always wanted: be Superman. Come on VR world, deliver.
Google has just pushed out a new update for Google Glass, with XE17 fixing up some bugs that its last Android 4.4-powered update delivered not too long ago.
Google has released XE17 which it says fixes some bugs with Glass randomly resetting (something I personally experienced on my unit). Better yet, the search giant teases that "even more improvements are coming soon. Stay tuned".
Wearables are booming right now with more and more of the devices hitting the market all the time. Apple is constantly rumored to be working on the iWatch and a new patent has surfaced from Microsoft that shows the software giant is looking to get into the market.
The patent shows a smartwatch that has heart rate monitoring and other health and fitness capabilities. It will show how many calories the wearer burns like most products out there. One interesting difference between the Microsoft smartwatch seen in the patent and others on the market is that the Microsoft product can be detached from the watchband.
Qualcomm has added a new feature to its Toq smartwatch that users of the device might find interesting. The new feature is called Toq Talk and it is powered by Nuance voice to text technology. Toq Talk lets users of the smartwatch respond to text messaged using their voice.
Nuance voice recognition text is featured in a number of products. It's rather well known for not begin all that accurate at times. Siri on iOS devices is powered by Nuance and its voice recognition engine is also used in voice systems inside some cars.