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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Over the last few months we have been hearing rumors of a new smartwatch being developed by Google that would set the standard for what an Android-based smartwatch should be. While many have been calling the device the Google Gem, it appears that the company will release the device under its Motorola Mobility subsidiary.
Today a new trademark filing from Motorola has popped up that includes the name "Moto G," which many analyst are suspecting is the production name for Google's smartwatch. While I too feel that this new name has a high possibility of being tied to the Google smartwatch, it could just as well be a variation of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, or be an entirely new smartphone model all together. Only time will tell, and if past filings are any indication, we should find out what the Moto G really is very soon!
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We're here live at the NVIDIA press event in the beautiful Montreal, Canada, where John Carmack was a special guest of NVIDIA's. Carmack was up near the 4K displays and food talking with various media, and we captured a conversation about Oculus Rift.
Before I could jump in an interview him myself, he was whisked away, most likely to some underground lair where he'll be tapping away on that keyboard doing what he does best. The interview is an interesting look at one of the most knowledgable people in the industry, and I just stood there in awe of his knowledge base. I wish I could download the Carmack.iso and dual boot myself. Sigh.
I truly think Oculus Rift is going to be the future of gaming, with Rift being the first viable, consumer-priced virtual reality device we've seen, ever. The creator of Rift, Palmer Luckey, has made it to position 7 in Popular Mechanics' "10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013" list.
This is quite the stage for Luckey to stand on, especially as he's just 21 years old and standing on the throne of the virtual reality segment right now. Remember that the great John Carmack has stepped into the role of Oculus VR's Chief Technology Officer, and this is all happening before the Rift is even sold as a consumer product.
Samsung is already here with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and preparations for its successor, with Apple still waiting in the wings with its own iWatch. But, we have a new research note from Brian White, an analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, who says:
As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).
Now, if this happens, it would be quite a different product to what most expect it to be. This would allow iWatch users, with the compatible technology and appliances in their houses, to control lighting and temperature, all from their iWatch. There are two rumored iWatch products to arrive, with a 1.3- and 1.6-inch model, both with 320x320 AMOLED screens.
Sony's third-generation personal 3D viewing headset, the HMZ-T3W, is now available for pre-order. If you want to grab the Sony HMZ-T3W, you'll need to pre-order it directly from Sony's website, or in retail Sony stores.
The HMZ-T3W features wireless connectivity this time around, instead of wrapping yourself in cords, and some nifty dual OLED monitors that Sony state simulate the feeling of sitting 65 feet away from a gigantic 750-inch display. The HMZ-T3W is capable of streaming content from up to 7 meters away from the source.
The third-generation model no longer requires an AC power socket, as you can take a portable battery pack around with you which will share power with connected smartphones and tablets. The portable battery should be good for around three hours of wireless use, or up to 7 hours if you use it over HDMI. If you are looking at picking one of these up, you'll be hit up for $999.
Samsung has begun its marketing for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, starting with some ads during the Sunday NFL in the United States. Both TV spots are focused on the futuristic part of the Galaxy Gear, showing that technology has been a fantasy for quite sometime now.
The ads show off wrist-mounted devices in many of our favorite shows, ranging from Star Trek to Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers. You can view both the TV spots, above, and below.