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Google Goggles 1.6 for Android now scans photos in the background

Google Goggles 1.6 for Android now scans photos in the background

Google Goggles for Android has just gotten an update to version 1.6 that will make using the feature easier than before. The Goggles app allows you to take photos of pretty much anything and then have the photo submitted to Google's servers to find relevant search results. For instance, you can snap a photo of a landmark and Google will be able to return relevant information regarding that landmark. Now, the app is even more convenient to use.

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Microsoft licenses GeoVector AR tech to challenge Google Goggles

Microsoft licenses GeoVector AR tech to challenge Google Goggles

Microsoft has licensed augmented reality technology from specialist GeoVector, potentially opening the door to "pointing-based local search" being included in future mobile devices like Windows Phone handsets. The deal - financial terms of which have not been revealed - covers "spatially aware mobile computing"; GeoVector holds patents in digital watermarking, as well as overlaying digital graphics on top of a live view, such as showing cut-aways and other information.

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Apple’s Schiller was right about Google Glass all along

Apple’s Schiller was right about Google Glass all along

Unless you have Google Glass, chances are you’re not interested in them. After slowly winding down the Explorer program, Glass’ future is a bit uncertain. Google isn’t killing the project off, but they are sidelining the wearable while they refocus their efforts. Most weren’t interested in dropping $1,500 to look goofy and crane their eye upward, leaving Google Glass to a nerdy, niche market. If Google Glass left you thinking “nobody normal would wear those things”, you’re not alone. At least one Apple exec felt the same way.

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John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

The Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR - and Facebook employee - John Carmack has made clear that he's all about Google Cardboard. It wasn't long after Facebook acquired Oculus VR that Google I/O 2014 took place and Google slyly released Cardboard. Google Cardboard product manager Andrew Nartker suggested earlier this month that it was "the first Cardboard prototype" that inspired Google's interest in VR as a whole - not necessarily the Oculus Rift VR headset. Carmack suggests he doesn't mind one way or the other - he's just glad the VR environment is expanding, so to speak.

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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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Apple Google Glass prototypes scrapped for lack of time

Apple Google Glass prototypes scrapped for lack of time

A revelation of sorts has appeared today courtesy of the CEO of Nest - former employee of Apple - in discussions about an Apple-made headset similar to what we're seeing now most famously in Google Glass. This week the folks at Co.Design have collected a set of quotes from former Apple employees and designers showing products that either didn't make it or weren't a big part of the marketing scheme Apple presented to the world as such, the chat with Tony Fadell being just one of them. In this chat, he suggests that - of course - Apple spoke about "something like Google Glass."

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Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

This week a patent has been revealed as filed by Google for what very much appears to be a laser-projected set of controls emanating from a pair of smart glasses. This of course could mean that Google's Project Glass is about to see some amazing virtual reality controls as their two upcoming developer events come to fruition at the start of next month. And this isn't the first time we've seen wild, futuristic control possibilities for Google's Glass, either!

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DIY Google Glass puts iOS in front of your eyes

DIY Google Glass puts iOS in front of your eyes

Google may be beavering away on the last stages of Project Glass before the Explorer version arrives with developers, but meanwhile DIY wearable computers are springing up, some with Apple's iOS at their core. A straightforward combination of an iPod touch, off-the-shelf wearable display, Bluetooth camera and a set of safety goggles was enough for AI researcher Rod Furlan to get a glimpse at the benefits of augmented reality, he writes at IEEE Spectrum, though the headset raised as many questions as it provided answers.

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Google Now updates with new travel features, expanded voice search

Google Now updates with new travel features, expanded voice search

Google Now, Google's own predictive search assistant, is already pretty great, but the company just made it even better, especially for frequent travelers. Google has added a feature that automatically tells you what the weather will be like at your destination, so you’ll know what type of clothes to pack before leaving for the airport or pulling out of the driveway for a road trip.

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