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Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Google Glass

Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Google Glass

Samsung doesn't have a Google Glass rival, but it does have a new wearable, and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and there's no shortage of overlap between the two despite the obvious difference in form factors. Both make ample use of voice control, and both make compromises on the amount - and type - of data they show you in deference to the design and likely use-cases. We spent some time comparing Glass and Galaxy Gear to see how the two approaches shape up, and to get an early idea of whether we'll be strapping a wearable to our face, or to our wrist.

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Google Glass to get own app store in 2014

Google Glass to get own app store in 2014

Those who have been wishing for an earlier release date for Google's popular wearable computer might indeed have to wait longer for all the necessary pieces to fall into place. A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a dedicated app store for the Google Glass won't be available until next year, so it would make very little sense to release it for public consumption before then.

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Google Foxconn patent buy amps up augmented reality for Glass

Google Foxconn patent buy amps up augmented reality for Glass

Though they've not said so in so many words, the folks at Hon Hai Precision (aka Foxconn) have just sold patents to Google that'll allow the US-based company to expand their hold on the world of augmented reality through head-mounted displays. This buy can quite readily be traced to the wearable device known as Google Glass, a head-mounted display with camera, wireless connectivity, and voice recognition abilities. This is a relatively unheard-of purchase as intellectual property is sold by a China-based manufacturer to a USA-based technology company.

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Google Glass Crystal Shopper barcode scanner poised to boost scanning app relevance

Google Glass Crystal Shopper barcode scanner poised to boost scanning app relevance

The Crystal Shopper app was created by Lance Nanek as a part of the Breaking Glass Glassware hackathon and makes it quick and easy for users to scan barcodes, compare prices, check Amazon ratings and reviews, and much more, all packed within the convenience of the Google Glass eyewear. Combined with the convenience of other wearables like the Memoto, it will be interesting to see how this affects usage rates.

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Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

With the newest update to Glass (v. XE8) appearing via Google this week, a new set of voice-commands were added to the Navigation Glass App found within the headset. Along with this update comes a demo video from the Glass team, showing off the current state of Navigation in Glass from three perspectives. One from a user walking, a second for travel in a car, and a third on a bicycle.

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Google Glass Fidelity Market Monitor app arrives for download

Google Glass Fidelity Market Monitor app arrives for download

Google Glass is not yet a device that anyone can purchase. For now those purchases are limited to those invited in, but despite the limited availability we are getting a good look at what can be done using Glass. We have seen everything from using Glass for home automation to how they help a quadriplegic New Yorker regain some confidence. Now it looks like Fidelity Labs has stepped up with a video demo showing a day in the life of one of their customers. Or more specifically, what options a Fidelity customer would have available using Glass.

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