It's the eve of open Glass sales day, and Google has raised the stakes with news of a big update for the wearable due later this week that will bring Android KitKat among other improvements. The new Glass OS, which Google says will be pushed out over the next few days, brings the latest version of Android along with the promise of improved battery life and stability, as well as the potential for more Glassware apps.
Earlier this year, Google introduced its smart contact lenses, which function as a wearable glucose sensor that could one day aid diabetics with monitoring sugar levels. The tech giant's ambitions don't end there, however, and a patent that has surfaced shows one of its possible endeavors: contact lenses equipped with cameras.
This Tuesday, Google will throw open the order books for Glass and start its first round of invitation-free sales. To many it's a hard sell - $1,500 worth of conspicuous face-jewelry without a clear use-case - whereas to others its the gateway to the new generation of wearables. Either way, those who flex their credit cards and join the Explorer program may have to face a growing push-back against technology.
This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.
SpaceX has been working towards a milestone mission to the International Space Station, where it would deposit cargo including, among other things, a pair of robotic legs. Unfortunately, a last minute issue with the rocket caused the launch to be cancelled and rescheduled for later this week.
Earlier this year a fellow by the name Shubham Banerjee created a LEGO project that went viral. Banerjee is a 12-year-old inventor - he created the "BRAIGO", a Braille printer made using a LEGO Mindstorms set. This idea inspired LEGO Systems to create a competition in which several Seattle companies were invited to compete, creating a LEGO Mindstorms robot to improve everyday life.
Google is adding a drone specialist to its roster of recent acquisitions, with startup Titan Aerospace set to bring its Solara solar-powered unmanned planes to the search giant's airstrip. Billed as "high altitude persistent solar-electric UAVs," the Titan Aerospace drones will theoretically fly for up to five years without needing to land, cruising more than 12 miles up and flying at speeds of up to 65mph.
It’s not difficult to see the reasons why the smartphone manufacturers of the world still play second fiddle to the mobile carriers they work with. He who controls the spice, controls the universe, after all. Both Windows Phone 8.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 prove the notion that though the manufacturers create the phones and developers create the software, it’s the carriers that continue to hold the most power.
The New York Auto Show kicks off this week, and GM is bringing the new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze along complete with a preloaded passenger in the shape of iPhone's Siri. The updated Cruze gets a facelift on the outside and OnStar 4G LTE baked in, with the Chevy able to share its connection as a WiFi hotspot to up to seven devices.