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Google and a Dutch startup company called Envision have teamed up together to create a new pair of smart glasses that have the potential of making many people's lives a lot easier.
These new glasses are called the Envision glasses, and they are powered by artificial intelligence that has the capabilities of reading out loud what the user is looking at in the environment. The glasses are aimed at making blind people, and the lives of visually-impaired much easier, and they can do this by extracting large quantities of visual information and describing it back to the user. Examples of this include reading a recipe from a cookbook, analyzing friends, and describing immediate surroundings such as hazards.
Envision claims that the glasses have the fastest and most accurate optical character recognition technology available at the moment, and that the glasses are capable of reading any text from more than 60 different languages from any surface. In a way, if blind people or the visually-impaired are having the world described to them in real-time, then they are 'seeing', but just not with their eyes. Instead, they are using pieces of information to accurately organize their imagination together of what the world would look like if they could see. While it might not be the same as seeing with eyeballs, it is certainly a start.
Google unveiled its from-the-future Project Glass all the way back in 2012 for an eye-opening $1500 at the time, and while Google Glass Explorer Edition was a fun ride -- that ride is close to being over.
The company has just announced Google Glass Explorer Edition has one more update before Google ends support for it, with Google explaining that Google Glass Explorer Edition owners will have to manually download, unzip, and then install the latest update for their wearable.
Google explains: "Glass Explorer Edition is receiving a final update that you will need to manually install. After February 25, 2020, this update removes the need and ability to use your Google account on Glass. It also removes Glass' connection to backend services. This update is available now and should be installed so you can continue using your device without issues".
Sony is aware that the future will be similar to the jacket that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II, with the Japanese electronics giant stepping into the world of wearable air conditioners. This is the Sony Reon Pocket, check it out:
Sony launched a crowdfunding campaign for a wearable AC that sits in the back of your shirt to keep you cool, with the product ending up in the Reon Pocket. The upcoming Reon Pocket can be configured with an app that you have on your smartphone, where it will reduce the temperature of your back from 97F to 73F which is a big difference.
The new Reon Pocket will reportedly sell for around $117, with the portable and wearable AC to launch in Japan first. The first iteration will have a battery that will last for around one hour, and a release window of March 2020 -- perfect for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics. If it launches in Japan in March 2020 we should expect it in the US and other regions in late-2020 and into 2021.
Google released their first wearable years ago now with the consumer-focused Google Glass not doing too well in the market, with Google pivoting to the enterprise market with Google Glass Enterprise Edition and now we're seeing the markings of new Google Glass Enterprise headset.
The new Google Glass Enterprise Edition has popped up over at 9to5Google, with the second-gen wearable having a few different, and significant changes. First off, we have fast-charging through a new USB-C port, as well as a bunch of internal changes with a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, and 3GB of RAM joining the second-gen Glass Enterprise Edition wearable. Inside, we also have Bluetooth 5.0, LTE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
The camera has also been upgraded in a big way, moving from an 8-megapixel sensor to a purported 32-megapixel sensor that would see 4K 30FPS and 1080p 60FPS video recording abilities.
CES 2018 - In 2016, Matrix Industries announced a smartwatch that they claimed could be powered from just the heat radiating from your body. The watch used a thermoelectric energy converter that powered the clock-piece, but due to technology limitations the PowerWatch X didn't live up to the full claims the company made, but this year the watch has been upgraded.
The first generation of the watch was basically limited to only fitness tracking but to be fair was still quite the achievement to have it powered merely from just body heat. An updated version of the watch has been showcased by Matrix at CES 2018, and this second generation of watch can has had support added for smartphone notifications over Bluetooth, as well as the standard fitness tracking.
From the below image we can see that the PowerWatch X is quite chunky but according to The Verge the watch was actually quite light and comfortable once attached to the wrist.
A French startup called Cosmo Connected has launched a smart light product that attaches magnetically to the back of the riders helmet.
The 'smart light' that has eight LED lights installed is designed to ensure the riders safety with a suite of safety features that include: automatic turn signals, a deceleration light which indicates drivers that the rider is slowing down and also a "fall detector" which alerts family of possible injuries.
The automatic turn signals will be activated by using the riders route on the SatNav app or through a optional remote control that can be secured to the handlebar of the bike. The app also has an array of sensors that will automatically alert family or friends in any cases of injuries that happen while traveling. Accompanied with this software is also the option of subscribing to a service that will automatically alert emergency services in times of injury as well.
Last week we reported on Oreo coming to Android Wear watches but what we didn't know was which devices are set to be updated. So far we know that the LG Watch Sport is being updated to 8.0 but now thanks to a post by Google we can all see a full list.
Google seems to have put their main focus on the expensive fashion brands such as Fossil and Loui Vuitton leaving out older Android devices such as the LG Watch R and the original Huawei Watch. Oreo will give users the option of choosing vibration strength, touch lock and battery-saving upgrades. From the updates listed we can assume that the older model watches weren't compatible with this update which is why they have either been postponed for release or left out entirely.
The full list of which watches are set to receive Oreo has been provided below, while also Google answers the question of if your watch is not listed "For the exact timing of the update or if your device isn't on the above lists, please contact the device manufacturer."
Today Android devices will be getting a slight upgrade, as Android Oreo rolls out to all Wear devices. The beta for Oreo originally only featured on the LG Watch Sport can be presumed over, as the Oreo updates for Android Wear include adjustments to vibration strength settings, touch lock and more.
Hoi Lam, the Wearables Developer Advocate at Google is the source for this news as he posted in the Android Wear Developers Community, giving a short run down on the features that wearable devices will be updated with. The update will feature improvements that include a notification vibration strength setting, touch lock option, notification channels, battery saving limits and support for 7 new languages.
I was a huge fan of the original Google Glass headset, but the company went quiet with its wearable headset for a few years, but they're now back with an enterprised-focus wearable: Google Glass Enterprise Edition.
The first Google Glass Enterprise Edition has shipped, with an unboxing video promptly done, revealing that the new headset uses USB-A instead of USB-C, which sucks.
Inside, Google has made quite a number of improvements including an Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage, and a 780mAh battery. There's an audible speaker, as well as dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
The new wearable comes in two parts, with the first being the new "Pod" which is the Google Glass hardware itself, while the "TI Band" is the titanium band.
Huawei has launched a Porsche Design variant of the Huawei Watch 2. The Watch 2 was launched back in February during MWC 2017 in Barcelona.
The Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design has the same specs as the Watch 2, it only differs from the standard variant in terms of looks. This means we are looking at a watch powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100. There's 768MB of RAM on board and 4GB of storage.
Another difference is the price. While the standard version of the Watch 2 comes at a price of $275, the Porsche Design has an insane 795 euros (around $925) price tag.