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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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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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Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Today Google Glass Explorers were given a digital book thanking them for taking part in the first big leg of the Glass journey. This book goes by the name GLASS VOL 1, emphasizing - again - that this is not the end of the road for the smart headset, it's just a chapter marker. This book begins with an inspirational quote: "To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind." This document acts as an extensive Thank You card to users as well as a victory lap for Google Glass creators.

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Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

The Google Glass Explorer Program has officially been tapped by Google to shut down. That doesn't mean that there won't be any more Google Glass - in fact the opposite, more than likely - it's just part of the transition process. When a group exits inside Google X, Google's experimentation lab, it generally has more of a "not quite ready for the real world" vibe to it - now Google Glass is being brought into that real world. The real working world - not necessarily as a consumer product.

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