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Google to host two-day hackathon based around Glass

Google will be hosting a hackathon in San Francisco later this month, with the event being the 'next phase of the Glass Developer Platform.' There's a limited number of applicants, but it should be a good chance for developers to get their hands, or eyes on with the Glass unit itself.

 

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Developers can get knee-deep in some Glass SDK, which will be like striking gold for developers. Once the Glass SDK arrives, developers will be able to build applications that both work offline, and have direct access to Glass hardware. We should be able to see much more in the coming weeks, with the Glass hackathon taking place in San Francisco on October 19.

Rochester Optical announces prescription and fashion lenses for Glass

Google Glass is nearly here, with Rochester Optical announcing that it has hired Tim Moore, who will bring custom prescriptions, fashion and sport lenses that will work with Google's wearable device in early 2014.

 

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If you're looking for some prescription-friendly Google Glass support, this is what Rochester Optical will be delivering. Google will only be providing a simple pair of sunglasses, or clear protective lenses (non-prescription). It's good to see third-party support this early in the game (pre-launch!) and I'm incredible excited about getting some Glass on my head in the near future.

The Oscilloscope Watch is the geeky smartwatch every maker needs

It's not often that find a watch that I would consider wearing on my wrist every day, but the Oscilloscope Watch project on Kickstarter is something I would wear every day! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab (Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter).

 

 

The Oscilloscope Watch is powered by an 8-bit XMEGA microcontroller that is programmed in C or Assembly and can be hacked by anyone with basic embedded electronics programming knowledge. The device is said to have a battery life of 12 hours when in Oscilloscope mode, but could last more than 30 days when in watch mode.

 

The current prototype features a high-contrast OLED screen, but depending on battery life in the production model, this could change to a 1.28-inch e-paper display that features a very high refresh rate. The projects founder, Gabriel Anzziani has set the funding goal to $60,000 and with 11 days left, he needs to raise another $9,000 to meet that goal. I feel that this is an awesome project and a pledge of just $99 will land you an Oscilloscope Watch, so what are you waiting for?

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One Rift to rule them all, Oculus state Rift will work on Android, PC

We reported that Oculus Rift was headed to Android, but it has been confirmed that there will only be one Oculus Rift unit that will be capable of pushing virtual reality goodness out to your Android-based device, or PC.

 

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There were people that believed that there would be two consumer units, one that was capable of delivering VR to mobile, and another for PC. But Oculus VR has come out and confirmed that the single consumer Rift device will be capable of doing VR on both platforms. Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe told Engadget: "I don't think it's going to require that full Kepler capability. I think we'll be able to deliver on an even earlier chip set than that. I think people will be pretty surprised with what set of devices we're able to make this work on. We are focused on just a few right now, basically just to stay focused so that we can deliver a great experience on a couple devices first. Then over time we'll have that span out."

Google Glass accessories now available to Explorer Edition owners

If there's one piece of tech that I want, but simply can't get my hands on, it's Google Glass. There's a few friends on my Facebook list who own them, and while I've considered mugging them for the wearable unit, it wouldn't work anyway.

 

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Well, Explorer Edition owners can now buy Glass accessories. One of which is a clear visor for the Glass redesign and is in stock ready to ship. Other accessories that aren't quite ready yet are the earbud, charger and a carrying pouch, which will be available soon. There's not a lot of accessories, but it's good to see Google already selling these, all before the consumer editions go on sale.

Samsung extends Galaxy Gear support to more devices

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it only supported a very small handful of smartphones, but now the South Korean giant has expanded its reach, supporting more devices.

 

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Samsung has extended support for its Galaxy Gear to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The electronics giant says that the Premium Suite software update, which will include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, will begin its rollout in the coming weeks. The Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Mega will also support the Galaxy Gear in the coming months.

New Google Glass units out, free swap for current Glass Explorers

Google Glass Explorers have been enjoying their wearable device for a few months now, but we all knew there'd be another unit ready before it hits consumers and that unit is now here.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant has announced a new version of Glass is coming, which will support a new line of sunglasses, feature compatibility with prescription eyewear, and also feature a mono earbud. The current Glass Explorer Edition is based on a 45nm OMAP4430 clocked at up to 1GHz and 1GB of R AM. We don't know if Google has baked in some upgraded hardware into the new Glass units, but I would say so.

 

We should hope that the new SoC is better on battery life, allowing for full-day use which is something that isn't quite there for current Glass units. Current Explorers will receive a one-time swap with the new hardware which will begin next month.

Wearable computing shipments to pass 64 million by 2017

We've already got the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Omate TrueSmart, which both look delicious, but the wearable computing market is set to soar over the next 4-5 years or so according to Berg Insight.

 

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The projections regarding the wearable computing space is exciting, where the firm estimates that we should expect an 8-fold increase in shipments from 2012's 8.3 million units, to over 64 million units in 2017. Berg Insight analyst Johan Svanberg says that the wearable devices market will explode thanks to "a perfect storm of innovation within low power wireless connectivity, sensor technology, big data, cloud services, voice user interfaces and mobile computing power is coming together."

 

Now, I'm no analyst but I think we'll see the market explode thanks to a few good products, just like the iPhone helped surge smartphones and the iPad did the same for tablets. I think once Google Glass hits, the wearable computing space will be a super hot market. I can't see smartwatches taking off that much, unless we use our smartphones less and less, which I don't see happening. Wearable devices like Glass on the other hand, oh yes.

Samsung files patent on "sports glasses" that connect to smartphones

Rumors of Samsung developing Google Glass-like headwear have been running rampant for months now, and it finally appears that we have some confirmation on the device. A recent patent filing has been spotted by The Wall Street Journal that depicts a very Google Glass-like pair of glasses which are being called "Sports Glasses."

 

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Samsung filed the patent earlier this year in Korea and was recently granted full registered status on the device. The accompanying description states that the glasses will be compatible with smartphones and will feature a pair of built-in earphones. Interestingly enough, while Google's project Glass is completely wireless, the Samsung version appears to feature a wired connection that would run down the users back and connect to the smartphone via USB.

Samsung updates Galaxy Gear to be compatible with more Galaxy phones

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, everyone was surprised that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 that launched the same day. Everyone expected it to be fully compatible with the company's flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4. Today Samsung announced that it is released an update to the Galaxy Gear that brings in the next wave of Galaxy Devices.

 

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According to Samsung, the Galaxy S4 and its variants along with the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.4 will now be compatible with the Galaxy Gear once Samsung pushes out an Android 4.3 to those devices. Samsung said that the 4.3 update will begin rolling out to US devices at the end of this month and will take a few days to fully populate to all devices.

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