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GlassUP wearable display takes on Google Glass

GlassUP wearable display takes on Google Glass

Google Glass rival GlassUP has launched its own wearable display project, throwing the wireless headset - the prototype of which we tried out back in March - open to crowdfunding backers. Aiming to raise $150,000 (though promising units even if that goal isn't met) the GlassUP team argues its full glasses design is more functional than Google's eyepiece, beaming details from your Bluetooth-tethered smartphone onto the lens from a projector mounted in the right arm of the frame.

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Steve Wozniak talks in-car tech, Google Glass, and the new Mac Pro

Steve Wozniak talks in-car tech, Google Glass, and the new Mac Pro

During Ford’s Trend Conference at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sat in during a panel about driving distractions in vehicles and what solutions we could see in the future to limit these distractions in the car. Are touchscreens in the dashboard really the way to go? Do wearables like Google Glass cut down on distraction? We ended up getting to speak with Wozniak personally about in-vehicle technology, Google Glass, and even the new Mac Pro.

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Google Glass competitor Recon Jet arrives with Tour De France pre-launch pricing

Google Glass competitor Recon Jet arrives with Tour De France pre-launch pricing

There's nothing like a good tie-in with a major sporting event to get your product off the ground. That's exactly what the folks at Recon are doing with the Recon Jet, a display and computer attached to a pair of sporting glasses (aka a heads-up display) - one we got to see up close and personal earlier this year at Google I/O 2013. Here in the early summer of 2013, the team at Recon are releasing a Pilot Edition of Recon Jet for a cool $499 - but only until the end of the Tour de France.

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Google Glass laid bare in full teardown

Google Glass laid bare in full teardown

It was bound to happen at some point, and condolences to whomever sacrificed their frames for the greater good aside, we've got our first look at the components from Google Glass and how they're fitted together. This comes from Star Simpson and Scott Torborg, who start their journey with a brief write up on picking up the Glass unit, and following it up with a detailed teardown of the unit, including a test using prescription frames.

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Google Glass “banned” at shareholder meeting [UPDATE: False!]

Google Glass “banned” at shareholder meeting [UPDATE: False!]

Google Glass has been facing a lot of criticism ever since the Explorer Edition was released earlier this year. Privacy concerns are the biggest issues surrounding the computerized pair of glasses, getting banned in numerous establishments already, with the most recent banning being Google's own shareholders meeting.

NOTE: Google has reached out to note that not only was Google Glass not banned from the meeting, more than one attendee wore Glass during the meeting without a problem. See below for more insight.

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Google says no to facial recognition Glassware until privacy issues are addressed

Google says no to facial recognition Glassware until privacy issues are addressed

Google Glass presents a lot of exciting possibilities, but a fairly equal amount of concerns, one in particular being facial recognition and potential privacy issues that could result. On May 17, Congress sent a formal letter to Google addressing several privacy concerns, one of which was facial recognition. It has been a couple weeks, and now Google has stated it won't approve facial recognition apps until privacy issues have been addressed.

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Tim Cook suggests Google Glass “broad appeal is hard to see”

Tim Cook suggests Google Glass “broad appeal is hard to see”

This week in an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a bit to say about Google's wearable product: Glass. Having been asked what his take was on wearables by Swisher, Cook responded: "I think wearables [are] incredibly interesting. It could be a profound area." His reply on Google Glass specifically wasn't quite so optimistic.

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Google Glass color choices: will yours be custom coded?

Google Glass color choices: will yours be custom coded?

As Google's introduction of Glass as the premiere wearable face-based computer starts the world thinking about what they'll be placing on their head in the near future, so too do the creators of these machines begin to consider what forms they'll come in. When you create a device that rests on the temples of the user, you've got to consider more than just the components inside - color, comfort, and everyday usability are real concerns. Lead Industrial Designer for Google Glass Isabelle Olsson spoke up this month on the development of the final (and first) form of Google Glass, specifically on its first five colors.

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Google Glass OLED Samsung display tipped for consumer model

Google Glass OLED Samsung display tipped for consumer model

Google's consumer version of Glass will use Samsung OLED displays, reports out of South Korea have claimed, with the possibility of flexible panels being used for the futuristic wearable. The deal follows Google CEO Larry Page recently visiting a Samsung Display OLED production line, The Korea Times reports, and heavy-handed hints by the screen division's CEO that wearables would figure highly in flexible OLED's future.

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Google Glass team talks hardware principles: Lightness, Simplicity, Scalability

Google Glass team talks hardware principles: Lightness, Simplicity, Scalability

As a sort of a "Part 2" or even "Part 3" of the Glass chat series SlashGear has appearing this week and last, today's words with Google Glass' lead industrial designer Isabelle Olsson lend some insight on the device's road to final hardware. Speaking on how the original Glass prototypes eventually became the device you see today, Ollson shared three principles that allowed the team to solidify their process.

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