augmented reality

Brin: Google Glass Explorer Edition will ship “in a couple of months”

Brin: Google Glass Explorer Edition will ship “in a couple of months”

Google's Project Glass Explorer Edition, the $1,500 limited-edition developer version of the wearable computer, will ship "in a couple of months" Sergey Brin has confirmed, after being spotted wearing a prototype headset in NYC this week. Brin, who has been a significant motivator for Google's augmented reality and wearables R&D, revealed the rough timescale to Noah Zerkin, who recognized the Google co-founder on the NYC subway. The exec also touched upon how many Glass prototypes are in the wild.

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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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Sergey Brin spotted on NYC subway rocking Google Glass

Sergey Brin spotted on NYC subway rocking Google Glass

When you're Sergey Brin, you can afford to take a limo through the streets of NYC, though the photo opportunities for your Google Glass headset are probably more plentiful on the subway. Augmented reality enthusiast Noah Zerkin spotted Brin on the downtown 3 train, complete with a surprisingly discrete black Glass wearable, in the latest in-the-wild sighting of Google's head-worn computer.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 hands-on

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 hands-on

Google's Project Glass may have made the augmented reality headlines in 2012, but Vuzix's Smart Glasses M100 is set to be the first wearable on sale in 2013. Packing a full Android-based computer in a headpiece, with an eye-mounted 800 x 480 display and both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the M100 is at CES 2013 in prototype form, ahead of a launch at "under $500" later in the year. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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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 Glass “in flux”: Battery, cloud apps & controls still work-in-progress

Google Glass “in flux”: Battery, cloud apps & controls still work-in-progress

Google's Project Glass is still on track to arrive with developers "early this year," project lead Babak Parviz insists, with the wearable computer still undergoing work to refine the hardware, boost battery life, and develop compelling apps. "The feature set for the device is not set yet. It is still in flux," Parviz told IEEE Spectrum, suggesting that Google still isn't willing to cite specific features beyond the photo/video capture and messaging already demonstrated.

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Google Glass spotted in wild with prescription lenses

Google Glass spotted in wild with prescription lenses

Google's Glass wearable computer has been spotted in the wild in New York City, complete with what appears to be integrated prescription lenses. The bright red augmented reality headset - set to ship to developers in $1,500 Explorer Edition form early in the new year - was spotted by a Road to Virtual Reality tipster on what's presumably a lucky Googler testing Glass while out and about.

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Google Glass bone conduction earpiece tipped for private audio

Google Glass bone conduction earpiece tipped for private audio

Google has used bone conduction for its Project Glass wearable computer, it's claimed, promising discrete notifications that only the wearer themselves can hear. The headset makes contact with the mastoid process, linked directly to the middle ear, insiders tell Geek, meaning any audio output - such as new messages, Google+ alerts, or other notifications - is piped in directly, completely inaudible to those around the Glass owner, and yet can still be perceived despite high background noise.

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Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!

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