Project Glass

Meta 1 wearable: We talk “The Apple of AR” with founder Meron Gribetz

Meta 1 wearable: We talk “The Apple of AR” with founder Meron Gribetz

Meta may not be the first name you think of in wearables, but the $200k Kickstarter startup that wants to be the Apple of augmented reality isn't letting that hold it back. The project prompted dropped-jaws and skepticism in almost equal measure back in January, with its full-digital-overlay concept, and less than a year later the first hardware is almost ready to ship. We caught up with founder and CEO Meron Gribetz ahead of the second phase of the Meta reveal - and the debut of a new version of the meta 1 headset - to find out what's next in hardware for the company, discuss the premium you'll pay for true AR, and why he'd say no to Samsung.

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Google Glass price tipped at $300 for final launch

Google Glass price tipped at $300 for final launch

The public launch date for Google Glass has yet to be confirmed, however it is starting to look like they will arrive quite a bit less expensive as compared to the current price tag. Those who have picked up a pair of Google Glass through the explorers program paid $1500 and according to a recent report coming out of the China Post, the final price could end up dropping to $299. This estimate comes by way of Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute who recently took a look at the possible bill of materials.

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Google Glass expands horizons for quadriplegic New Yorker

Google Glass expands horizons for quadriplegic New Yorker

This week the folks responsible for the #ifihadglass program for Google Glass have shown an "Explorer Story" of a woman who is at once a New Yorker, a law student, and a quadriplegic. Speaking on her acceptance into the Google Glass Explorers program, she describes her journey from the last time she went camping through to now, the first time she'll have gone camping since the car accident that put her in a wheelchair. This journey is especially relevant as the last time she went camping was the same time she crashed.

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PWRglass increases Google Glass battery life thrice-fold

PWRglass increases Google Glass battery life thrice-fold

Google Glass is a lot of things, but long-lived on a charge isn't one of them. The device's battery life has been the subject of criticism from users and concern from others, with some finding that heavy Glass usage decreases the battery's life faster than they prefer. To solve this problem, an inventor has created a wrap-around external battery called PWRglass that triples Glass's battery life.

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Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

It's time for Google to expand their reach with Project Glass again, this time through their Glass Creative Collective program aimed at the more artistic citizens of planet Earth. Google's reach includes the The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and University of Southern California.

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Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google is experimenting with a "hyper-local news card" for Google Now that flags up location-specific information, such as nearby store promotions, social activities, or breaking news. The new card, currently in internal testing as Google works on the overall "Explore" experience, was confirmed by VP of search and assist at the company, Johanna Wright. Speaking to Quartz, Wright described the new info pane as "very, very targeted to you and your interests."

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Google Glass faces driver-distraction ban in UK over safety fears

Google Glass faces driver-distraction ban in UK over safety fears

Google Glass is likely to face a ban for in-car use in the UK, with government regulators supposedly concerned that the wearable will be too distracting to drivers. The decision, still yet to be made official, could put use of Glass - which offers a driver navigation mode, among other features - in the same "careless driving" category as using a cellphone while behind the wheel, Stuff reports.

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Google Glass owners receive shareable invite as Explorer Program enters next phase

Google Glass owners receive shareable invite as Explorer Program enters next phase

On July 3, Google published Glass FAQ addressing questions about the device, doing so alongside a status update on its latest round of Glass invitations. As part of the update, Google said it was bringing the #ifihadglass program to a close, and was looking into other ways it could get glass into more hands. Today we're getting a look at how that will happen, with current owners receiving an invitation to share with one friend.

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Glass outings: Bon Jovi, Gary Shteyngart and journalist Tim Pool talk wearables

Glass outings: Bon Jovi, Gary Shteyngart and journalist Tim Pool talk wearables

Google Glass continues to show up among celebrities, with the latest to don the wearable being musician Jon Bon Jovi. The singer played with the loaner headset backstage, before keyboard player David Bryan opted to wear it while playing on-stage in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. They're not the only ones to talk Glass' potential in the real-world recently, either, with the headset getting put through its paces on the mean streets of Manhattan and Istanbul.

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