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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 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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Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Information is pointless if you can't find it when you need it. That's the ethos that has driven search engines like Google just as it has "digital notebook" services like Evernote, and it's also the reason why Google+ could eat Evernote's lunch if it put its mind to it. With the news of Facebook's one billion active users, questions as to how Google+ will compete with Zuckerberg's empire have inevitably surfaced; of course, the best way to stay relevant is to offer something completely different altogether.

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My wallet is open, Google, now hand over Project Glass

My wallet is open, Google, now hand over Project Glass

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.

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Google Kinect-style Android motion tracking teased in patent app

Google Kinect-style Android motion tracking teased in patent app

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."

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