Today marks the end of CTIA Wireless 2007. We've seen a lot of phones and gadgets over the past week, but what were your favorites, and which vendor were you impressed with the most?
For me, my favorite product is a tie. I can't choose between the Helio Ocean and the HTC Shift. They're both awesome in their respective categories, so it must remain a tie for me. I will say that the Sound Leaf Bone Conduction Receiver Microphone has to be the winner for strangest new product. It's really cool, but still very strange.
MP3 players go underwater. And with all new sound technology. The Finis SwiMP3 is an underwater digital audio player. The pioneering bone conduction technology has been used by this system that helps sound to travel from the cheek bone to the ear. Sounds really innovative? So it is. The clarity one gets through the Finis SwiMP3 is much better then any other underwater MP3 player which gives a muffled sound underwater. The system comes with a 128MB memory to ensure you have enough music down there. The product does not work too well in deep waters. So its going to be a hit with the lappers may be the divers have to wait a little bit more. It would be out for sale at $180.
Google has finally revealed its frame options for Glass, the Titanium Collection, with four styles and the chance to have prescription lenses fitted. It addresses a long-standing complain about the wearable computer, and something Google knew it had to fix before the consumer launch before the end of 2014. Problem is, as a Glass Explorer and someone who wears prescription glasses to correct my vision, it feels like Google hasn't thought through exactly how the frames will work in everyday use.
Google's recent XE7 update for its Glass Explorer Edition already shows signs of an unactivated locking system for the wearable, as well as a "Boutique" app store and media player. The official changes in XE7 include a web browser - which you can see demonstrated after the cut - using physical head movements to navigate pages, along with boosts to search, contacts, and other features. However, some digging through the update itself has revealed a number of much-anticipated extras that Google hasn't mentioned publicly.
Google's Project Glass is still on track to arrive with developers "early this year," project lead Babak Parviz insists, with the wearable computer still undergoing work to refine the hardware, boost battery life, and develop compelling apps. "The feature set for the device is not set yet. It is still in flux," Parviz told IEEE Spectrum, suggesting that Google still isn't willing to cite specific features beyond the photo/video capture and messaging already demonstrated.
Google's Glass wearable computer has been spotted in the wild in New York City, complete with what appears to be integrated prescription lenses. The bright red augmented reality headset - set to ship to developers in $1,500 Explorer Edition form early in the new year - was spotted by a Road to Virtual Reality tipster on what's presumably a lucky Googler testing Glass while out and about.
It's strange how the tech jokes of a few years ago often end up meandering round to be plain factual; I remember people scoffing at the idea of everything in your house being networked and "intelligent", and now here's Oral-B with a toothbrush that not only offers different brushing modes for polishing, massaging and cleaning but can wirelessly connect to a mirror-mounted LCD display which tells you to keep brushing.