Project Glass has opened my eyes and my wallet: Google, please, come help yourself to my credit card. The much-rumored wearable augmented reality system has emerged from the Google[x] skunkworks and it's even more than we hoped for. No clunky headset like a bad pair of swollen sunglasses, but a sleek slice of transparent display with just enough Star Trek: TNG hints to keep the geeks happy. With a concept video and a handful of rumors, though, there are still plenty of questions remaining. Google hasn't talked technology regarding Project Glass, focusing instead on the potential user experience, but there's enough here to slot together a few suggestions.
It wasn’t too long ago that we learned Google were working on special glasses that would bring smartphone like functionality to your eyes. Most notably, Google were aiming to heavily feature augmented reality, overlaying information onto the real world as you wear the glasses. Now a patent reveals that Microsoft may be working on similar concepts: one designed to be a gaming helmet, with another posing as a pair of sunglasses to be used with a smartphone.
Google is exploring using Kinect-style motion tracking to add a new degree of gesture control to mobile devices, a new patent application suggests, adaptable to future Android phones but also wearables like Google Goggles. The submission, titled "Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device", describes using the front-facing camera in a phone, tablet or other gadget to identify and track the user's fingers in the space around it, recognizing "single tapping, double tapping, hovering, holding and swiping."
This week the folks at Lumus have revealed their newest technology embodied in any number of projected 3D display eyewear. Whilst running around CES 2012 like mad chickens with our heads cut off just weeks ago, we made it our mission to find only the most radically awesome designs and projects on the floor, one of them being the Lumus optical engine. What Lumus is showing off today is a very similar engine made to work not only in glasses, but in motorcycle helmets, visors, and all manner of odd face-friendly devices and objects.
I'm a geek, an early-adopter and a lover of science-fiction; I also have relatively little shame: of course I'm the ideal target audience for Google Glasses. If the rumors are to be believed, Google's wily engineers have used their "20-percent time" to cook up some Android-powered digital goggles, overlaying augmented reality data onto the real-world view. The first generation is likely to be oversized and expensive, but I'll still probably buy them anyway and wear them with pride. Here's why, and what I think Google needs to do if its Google Glasses are to succeed.
Google's Android-based digital glasses will offer a near-iPhone 4S resolution floating interface for users, sources claim, though opinion remains divided over whether the wearable computer is realistic, useful or even safe. According to a Geek source, the Google Glasses will use a pair of micro LCD displays bouncing a combined 960 x 540 resolution image off two small angled surfaces integrated into the lenses, for the impression of a large screen floating in front of your face. That will be used for gaming, navigation and more.
A Heads Up Display equipped set of Smart Glasses Google may or may not be developing behind the scenes for the past few months have been tipped as real once again, this time compared directly to a pair of Oakley Thumps. This pair of glasses is known for its great eye protection and ability to play music, while Google's pair will be aimed more at the mobile market, having fully integrated Android and a front-facing camera for information collection. These glasses have been tipped to also have a flash, perhaps for photos or perhaps for night-vision.
If you are using gmail for your personal or business emails and have had the need to access the site on a public computer, you may have felt a bit uneasy about that. Having someone else access your account is a big problem for a lot of us. Google has unveiled a new method of accessing your account that is more secure and involves your smartphone.
A new MP3 player for those that enjoy swimming and water sports and want some tunes while they exercise will like the new MP3 player that is debuting at CES this week. The company behind the player is called Fitness Technologies, and it hails the new UwaterG4 as the world's smallest 100% waterproof player. The company says that it will last for a long time in water and sounds good too.