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According to one survey, 19% of Americans want an 'iWatch'

We all know Apple will come out this year with a magical, and revolutionary new device that they'll think they were the first, and only company to think of - and it'll arrive as the iWatch.


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Well, this so-called iWatch, or whatever Apple call it, will be a hit with North American consumers according to a survey taken by ChangeWave Research. Their survey shows that around one in five Americans are either "somewhat" or "very" likely to buy an Apple-branded smartwatch when (and at the moment, if) it's even released.


ChangeWave director of operations, Andy Golub, told PCMag - who reported about the survey - that the upcoming, but rumored "smartwatch" is a testament to Apple's huge brand strength with consumers and that "Apple's track record of delivering ultra-convenient, easy to use products with a perceived 'cool factor' is driving pre-release demand".

Code seems to indicate Google Glass will allow pictures to be taken by winking

Code found in the Google Glass companion app seems to indicate that Google will be allowing Glass users to take pictures by simply winking. Of course, with this comes numerous different issues. For instance, it'd be nearly impossible for people to tell that someone was taking a picture, which is already a problem with the advent of cell phones.


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The problem of unwanted photographs in already such a problem in South Korea that cell phone manufacturers are required to program cameras to make a shutter sound that can't be disabled by users. At the same time, hands free functionality such as this would be beautiful for taking pictures while doing things with your hands.


What are your thoughts on the possibility of taking pictures by winking? Should Google be required to have Glass make a shutter sound?

Google Glass about a year away from the general consumer market

According to Eric Schmidt, Google Glass are about a "year-ish" away from getting a general market release. Glass was widely expected to be available sometime this year, though the new information from Schmidt during a BBC Radio 4 interview seems to suggest that this won't be the case.


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Google is already releasing Explorer Editions of Glass to developers and they will get to play with them over the coming months, suggesting feedback as they go along. This feedback will then be used to improve the final version of glass before it hits the market.


He went on:

The fact of the matter is that we'll have to develop some new social etiquette. It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe but you have a responsibility as well which is to understand what you're doing, how you're doing it, and behave appropriately and also keep everything up to date.

Oculus Rift gets hooked up to Virtuix's Omni treadmill, makes us reimagine the future gaming

With each passing day, Oculus' Rift VR headset is closer to being mine - but in the meantime, I'm continuing to grow the foam at my mouth for the headset. Now there's some interesting new developments, where Virtuix have posted some videos of their Omni treadmill working with Oculus' Rift VR headset.



This means you can walk, and run on the treadmill, while looking through the Oculus Rift. It's quite incredible, and something that I think, if were priced right, could really take off.

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Larry Page confirms that Google Glass runs a modified version of Android

I've tried for a while now to throw money at my screen, but I still haven't received my Glass product from Google. In the meantime, between shedding tears and dreaming of a wearable computing world, Google CEO Larry Page has confirmed that Glass will indeed be running a modified version of Android.


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The news comes from the Mountain View-based company's earnings call, where the CEO said: "obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue". Google's mobile OS is on a multitude of devices, from smartphones to tablets, laptops to cameras and now their wearable computing device. This news should be music to developers' ears, as they can easily port their apps over to Glass' headset.

Smartwatches could see 1 million sales before the end of the year

Wearable computing is really taking off this year, first we have the launch of Google Glass later in the year, but we're also going to see smartwatches gain some serious traction in the coming months. Market research firm ABI Research are predicting that smartwatches will see an explosion of sales this year, where they expect sales of 1.2 million smartwatches in 2013. Senior analyst Joshua Flood said:


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The strong potential emergence of smartwatches can be attributed to several reasons. Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low-cost of MEMS sensors, energy-efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem.


Will you be buying a smartwatch this year? Personally, I'm not a watch wearing type of guy, but Google Glass? Shut up and take my money.

Google Glass unboxing video surfaces, go-karting action recorded

It's no doubt that Google Glass is the hottest tech topic of 2013 - it has overshadowed smartphone launches, and made headlines internet wide whenever an appearance in the public is made. This morning Redmond Pie stumbled across what appears to be the first unboxing of Google's coolest project to date.



YouTuber Dan McLauglin managed to get his hands on a Google Glass set and like any good techie, he has posted a full unboxing video for all of us to drool over. The video while low quality even at 720p, lends some insight into what we can expect when the device goes retail later this year.


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Below is a video that shows Glass being used in the real world at an indoor go kart track. While the entire project is quite impressive, the video stabilization capabilities of Google Glass really impressed me the most. This has been something I have been worried about since the project's first announcement.

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Google Glass Explorer Edition receives unboxing treatment

Google Glass shipments have started, and now we already have the Explorer Edition getting the unboxing treatment along with a slew of photographs. Unfortunately, it wasn't me doing the unboxing, sob.


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The glasses include a microUSB cable and charger, a pouch and shades. One of the users have noted that users can send navigation directions directly from their smartphone to Glass, which is something I expected, but is now confirmed.

Google Glass units roll off the production line for the first time, will be shipped to Explorer access members

The first batch of Google Glass units have just rolled off the production line, and will be shipped to the early Explorer Edition members. This should happen over the coming weeks.


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The coming weeks should be exciting times, as developers get their hands (or is that eyes) on Google Glass. We should expect many more news tidbits to come out, with a much closer, and more personal look at the Glass unit itself. I really wish I had spent the money to acquire a pair of glasses at the time of Google I/O, damn it.

Google Glass specs arrive, the screen is equivalent to a 25-inch monitor in front of your face

Google have finally unveiled the full specifications of their Glass tech, which is actually a bit better than what I thought we'd receive in the final consumer units.



We have the display first, which is a high-resolution display being the equivalent to a 25-inch high-definition screen eight feet away from your eyes. Camera-wise, we have a 5-megapixel camera for photos and 720p capture for video, there's some adjustable nosepads with a durable frame that fits any face. There's also two extra nosepads included.


We have a Bond Conduction Transducer for audio, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth for connectivity, 12GB of usable memory synced with Google cloud storage, 16GB of flash memory total. Battery life should be good, with Google quoting "one full day of typical use", which includes Hangouts and video recording which are more battery intensive.

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