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Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

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.

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Google to have ‘smart glasses’ by end of 2012

Google to have ‘smart glasses’ by end of 2012

You could soon be able to see where your friends and, how much farther you have to go until you reach the building for your job interview, and other important information just by walking around. That may sound like the kind of stuff you can get by taking out your smartphone and opening a couple apps, but Google wants it to happen right in front of your face. Yeah, the company is planning on releasing its own brand of futuristing glasses with heads-up displays by the end of the year.

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Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC BIGLOBE have partnered on cloud-connected Augmented Reality glasses, a wearable display that can identify people and match them with their Facebook and Twitter profiles, in an apparent attempt to get in ahead of Google's HUD Smart Glasses. Based on Vuzix's STAR series of AR video eyewear, which we made fools of ourselves wearing last September, the concept demo uses the headset's integrated camera and a persistent wireless web connection to NEC BIGLOBE's servers, though the potential applications go much further than simply showing you your neighbors latest tweets.

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Google HUD Smart Glasses described as Oakley clone, Google X tie-in

Google HUD Smart Glasses described as Oakley clone, Google X tie-in

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.

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Google X glasses tipped, Android running Terminator-like tech

Google X glasses tipped, Android running Terminator-like tech

When it comes to futuristic projects coming out of the labs at such titanic companies as Apple and Google, there's no shortage of interest in even the smallest project, the simplest notion of a project - what we're hearing today is that there's not just a tiny project popping up in the mysterious off-campus lair known as Google X, there's a whole set of glasses. While Apple has been tipped just earlier today as working on a wrist set bangle / watch sort of iPod device that may well be a Siri-controlled peripheral, this Google project is set to be a standalone device which connects to the web with mobile data, displaying then the information you want to see in the lenses of the glasses as they sit on your face. Scanning, scanning, match found!

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Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Recon Instruments is known for rivalling Google Glass with its own AR glasses, Recon Jet. The tech firm also developed heads-up displays and other AR tech marketed as smart sports eyewear. Now, Intel will benefit from Recon's discoveries. Intel has just acquired the Vancouver-based AR company for an alleged $175 million USD. The entirety of Recon's 75-member work force will now be under Intel's New Devices Group, which focuses on wearable tech. Intel could also use its newly acquired technology for integration into Internet of Things-ready devices.

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Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass version 2, hopefully without the sort of styling only a geek could love and more everyday functionality, is already in progress, Google's eyewear partner has confirmed. The head-worn wearable's demise in its Explorer Edition form was heralded by some as an admission that the project was a failure, but Google insisted that a phased roadmap was always the intention. Now, one of the key players involved in that roadmap has spoken up.

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Google Glass patent shows split hardware, ‘normal’ form-factor

Google Glass patent shows split hardware, ‘normal’ form-factor

Choose whatever reason you like — it looked weird, got too much attention, or just plain didn’t catch on — Google Glass is pretty much dead and buried. Version one is, at least. Showing they may not be done with wearables just yet, a new patent has surfaced which might show the direction Google is headed with Glass. Though it hasn’t changed much, the core hardware is being split up; likely a response to those who weren’t comfortable with a head-mounted camera ready to shoot.

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Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

More than two years in the making, Recon Instruments has finally decided to ship its Jet smart eyewear to the masses. During that time, despite the rise and eventual fall of Google Glass, Recon has been unyielding in its focus. This may seem like a rival to Google's own smart spectacle, but a more focused use case could probably save it from folding in the same way. Recon Jet has its eyes set, no pun intended, squarely on sports and health enthusiasts, content with bring timely performance stats, with a bit of fun on the side.

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Pacman Google Maps brings April Fools’ one day early

Pacman Google Maps brings April Fools’ one day early

Prepare yourself for the incoming wave of April Fools jokes, pranks, and otherwise happy-go-lucky oddities like Pacman for Google Maps. Today Google begins early with this game that rests in one of their most popular products. Here you'll be able to play Pacman on a map of whatever city you happen to be in - just so long as it has roads. Head to Google Maps and you'll find yourself a Pacman button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. You'll need to be on a desktop machine for this to work - for now.

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