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8,000 more Google Glass wearables on offer for creatives

8,000 more Google Glass wearables on offer for creatives

Google has re-opened preorders for its Glass wearable computer, though it's not just a case of opening up your wallet to the tune of $1,500: you'll need to have some good ideas as to what exactly to do with the wearable to qualify. First put up for sale at Google I/O 2012 as the limited edition Glass Explorer Edition, still yet to ship though promised sometime in early 2013, the new round of orders extends the net to developers across the US.

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Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable

Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable

The augmented reality scene is hotting up, with the promise of full computer-mediated vision for the mainstream and another hint that Google won't have the Glass market all to itself thanks to an incoming headset from startup Meta. The wearable project actually goes one step further than Project Glass, putting a full twin-display digital environment - controlled by two hand 3D tracking - in front of the user, rather than floating notifications and prompts in the corner of their eye as Google's system does.

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Will Wearables Fuel – or Fracture – Convergence?

Will Wearables Fuel – or Fracture – Convergence?

The candid snapshot of Google exec Sergey Brin, riding the subway on a $2.25 fare while sporting a Glass prototype worth thousands of dollars, has reignited questions around ubiquitous computing. That sighting of Brin is a timely one. Not only is Google's Glass Foundry developer schedule kicking off at the end of January, but several other wearables projects have reached milestones this month; Vuzix brought out prototypes of its Glass rival a few weeks back, while Kickstarter success Memoto applied some extra-sensor balm to the sting of an unexpected hardware delay today.

As each project tracks toward release, however, the ecosystem of more straightforward body-worn gadgetry such as activity monitors like Jawbone's UP picks up for what's predicted to be a bumper year of sales. Still, among sensor ubiquity and the specter of power paucity, the fledgling wearables industry hasn't apparently decided whether it'll face this brave new augmented world hand-in-hand, or jealously guarding its data.

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Wearable technology developer exclaims massive adoption potential

Wearable technology developer exclaims massive adoption potential

This week we had a brief chat with Will Powell, a developer responsible for some rather fantastic advances in the world of what Google has suddenly made a very visible category of devices: wearable technology. With Google's Project Glass nearer and nearer reality with each passing day, we asked Powell how his own projects were making advances at the same time, and how he saw advances in mobile gadgets as moving forward - and possibly away from smartphones and tablets entirely.

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Don’t be blind on wearable cameras insists AR genius

Don’t be blind on wearable cameras insists AR genius

The augmented reality researcher at the center of allegations of assault over sporting a wearable computer in public has warned that ubiquitous cameras - and the potential for privacy incidents - are only going to increase. Professor Steve Mann, the father of wearables who claimed McDonald's staff in Paris assaulted him and damaged his advanced EyeTap headset earlier this month, fired back at criticisms that his constantly-running camera was a provocation to the privacy-minded. "Ironically the people most frightened of cameras seem to be the ones who are pointing cameras at us (e.g. big multinational organizations)" Mann argues.

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Wearables expert releases new alleged assault image arguing McDonald’s denial

Wearables expert releases new alleged assault image arguing McDonald’s denial

Professional cyborg Professor Steve Mann has responded to McDonald's denials that its staff physically assaulted him, releasing a new photo that reportedly shows one employee in the process of striking his wearable computer. In an update to his original report, Mann added another image captured by his EyeTap headset itself, seemingly showing the primary perpetrator accused in the assault reaching out and making contact with the gadget.

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McDonald’s denies Steve Mann wearables assault

McDonald’s denies Steve Mann wearables assault

McDonald's has denied that staff at a Paris restaurant assaulted "father of augmented reality" Professor Steve Mann, insisting that no damage to the researcher's Google Glass-style wearable computer was caused. In a new statement provided to SlashGear, McDonald's says that it has individually interviewed "several staff members" at the Paris restaurant, and "all independently and consistently expressed that their interaction with Dr. Mann was polite and did not involve a physical altercation."

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Broken Glass: Father of wearable computing allegedly assaulted

Broken Glass: Father of wearable computing allegedly assaulted

Wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann has allegedly been attacked by employees of a French McDonald's after sporting his own version of Google's Glass AR headset, with the EyeTap eyepiece grabbing snapshots of those involved. Mann, who led MIT's Wearable Computers group and has been exploring mediated reality technologies for several decades, claims that while on holiday in Paris with his family he was challenged by staff at the fast food chain, who ripped up his medical documentation about the headset and then attempted to pull it from his head. Mann's system is "permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools."

Update: Official McDonald's statement after the cut.

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Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve has confirmed that it is doing its own research into wearable computing, joining a club that includes Google's Project Glass and Nokia R&D, though the company has warned not to expect a commercial product any time soon. Managing director Michael Abrash revealed his pet project this week, researching the future of hardware and software for wearable, "Terminator vision" style devices that could possibly be a direction Valve might follow.

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NEC TeleScouter offers wearable AR with Borg style

NEC TeleScouter offers wearable AR with Borg style

NEC has launched a wearable computer, the NEC TeleScouter, intended to allow fieldworkers to consult a virtual 16-inch transparent display projected in front of them while they go about their business. Consisting of a Brother AirScouter wearable display and a compact 500MHz ARM-based computer packing WiFi a/b/g and Bluetooth, the system currently targets industrial augmented reality (AR) applications, but NEC sees the future being far broader.

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