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Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Just after Sony unveiled its SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses a few months ago, it was quickly labeled by tech media and critics as dorky, unfashionable, and tacky. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), Sony has decided to press ahead in the wake of the Google Glass experiment and release the headgear in 10 countries, starting this week. Labeled as a Developer Edition, the SED-E1 SmartEyeglass will set lucky purchasers back a steep $840. Just don't expect people to jealous of how cool you look while wearing it.

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Google Chairman says Glass ‘fundamental’ for Google

Google Chairman says Glass ‘fundamental’ for Google

Is Google Glass dead, or do we just wish it were? When Google demolished the ‘Explorer program’ for Google Glass, they quickly seated Glass under the watchful eye of Tony Fadell, who heads up Google’s de facto hardware arm, Nest. Over time, various talking heads have said Glass wasn’t gone, just regrouping. The latest to chime in is former Google CEO and current Chairman Eric Schmidt, who calls Glass “fundamental” for Google, and says Fadell and his team are going to “make it ready for users”.

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Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Whether we like it or not, and some might actually do, Google Glass as we knew it is practically dead. Whether it comes back in the same form or, hopefully, a better one, only Google, and time, knows. But for now, we are left to ponder what went wrong. In Google Glass' case, it could have been and probably was a great many things and Astro Teller, who heads Google's experimental arm Google X, sheds light on one of those reasons: Google's very own, uncontrolled hype machine.

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Non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass Dev Edition coming in March

Non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass Dev Edition coming in March

It seems that Sony is kicking its smart eyewear plans into high gear. Just after releasing a video that details the idea behind its SmartEyeglass Attach! single-lens display module, it is now announcing the upcoming availability of its binocular display sibling, the original, non-attachable Sony SmartEyeglass. This, however, and hopefully, isn't the final version of the device, but even as a first developer edition, it is already more affordable and more available than that other popular smart spectacle, Google Glass.

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Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Google may be a bit ambiguous about Google Glass' future, but Sony seems unfazed. Either it has a very strong faith in the still non-existent smart eyewear market or it thinks it can take advantage of Google's failure there. Either way, it is pushing ahead with own attempt but also tries to approach the problem from a slightly different angle. SmartEyeglass Attach!, which is not to be confused with its other, odder attempt, may succeed in one area where Glass failed: flexibility.

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Airport using Google Glass for security, passenger needs

Airport using Google Glass for security, passenger needs

Google Glass might be taking a knee as the team re-discovers their purpose, but it’s not stopping some form using it. Time and again, we’ve found Glass has purpose — it’s just typically not consumers who find favor with the heads-up wearable. We’ve seen Glass put to good use in the medical field, but it also made an appearance in the airline industry, most notably with Virgin gate attendants. Now one of Europe’s largest and busiest airports is putting Glass to good use.

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Google Glass may return, but not until it’s ‘perfect’

Google Glass may return, but not until it’s ‘perfect’

Now that Google Glass is out of circulation, there’s two trains of thought you can hitcha  ride on: it’ll return, or it’s dead. Within those trains are various cars to ride in, like “it’ll come back, but as an enterprise solution”, or “Google killed off something I love, just like they did with Reader”. All indications are that Google hasn’t given up on Glass, but where, how, and when it will come back are anyone’s guess right now. A new report says you’ll see Glass again, but not until it’s “perfect”.

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Google Glass team needed to “reset their strategy” says CFO

Google Glass team needed to “reset their strategy” says CFO

Google's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke up this afternoon during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call about Glass. Briefly mentioning Glass as an example of a project that needed to "take a pause", Pichette continued by suggesting that Google sometimes does have to "take the tough calls." He didn't say the company would be closing shop on Google Glass, but he got just about as close to saying such a thing as he could without the media making the call - and they still just might.

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Google blames growth stall on Nexus 6 supply

Google blames growth stall on Nexus 6 supply

During Google's Q4 2014 earnings call this afternoon, the company's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke about the many ups and downs of the past three months. In explaining the downs of this past quarter, Pichette spoke of two points in particular. One was the Exchange Rate between the United States and international consumers. The other reason Pichette gave for Google not hitting goals they'd set for themselves was the less-than-stellar supply they had with the Nexus 6. Pichette also mentioned Google Glass, as it were, as an example of what Google does when a project doesn't work.

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Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Check your bank account and credit card statements. Seriously, we’ll wait. Do you have $1,500 bucks you just can’t stand having lying around? Do you enjoy technology that may someday be a collectors item? If so, Google Glass is still on sale, and today is the last day to buy it. That’s right, at the end of today, Glass will be officially off the market, relegated to bloated eBay listings. As Google starts winding down their Explorer program and directing Glass to what amounts to their hardware division, Glass as we know it is ending.

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