Project Glass

Google Glass’ new design shows up with first buyer

Google Glass’ new design shows up with first buyer

The second full generation of Google Glass has begun to appear in homes officially as one Det Ansinn breaks out the box this morning. This fellow is one of a group called BrickSimple, LLC, developers of Glass apps specifically. They've created such oddities as the GlassBattle game - a Battleship-like title for Google Glass. Describing the new Glass headset, Ansinn suggests that it "looks identical" from the outset - below you'll see a photo of another BrickSimple employee Kel Bucey sporting the new headset.

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Google Glass version 2.0 hardware shown off

Google Glass version 2.0 hardware shown off

We've all received a good look at Google Glass at this point, but the version known today won't be what arrives in the average consumer's hands when the device is officially launched. This we knew, as well as having an idea about what to expect from later versions, but now we have a first visual of what the next version will look like thanks to a post on Google Glass's Google+ account.

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Google Glass hardware update soon with three more invites for Explorers

Google Glass hardware update soon with three more invites for Explorers

Google will swap Glass Explorer Edition users headsets for an updated model from November, an optional refresh of the hardware that will support prescription lenses among other things, along with adding a broader invite system to get more testers up and running with the wearable. "We are always improving the software based on Explorers’ feedback," Google said today and this time, we’ve made some improvements to the hardware." Meanwhile, all Explorer Program members will be offered the chance to invite up to three people to buy Glass of their own.

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Samsung Glass design filing tips growing wearable ambitions

Samsung Glass design filing tips growing wearable ambitions

A potential design for Samsung's rumored Google Glass rival has been revealed in a Korean filing, a sports- and media-centric wearable complete with a monocular eyepiece. Samsung's "sports glasses" would apparently have fixed lenses, according to the design filing spotted by the WSJ, rather than the interchangeable visors of Google's Glass Explorer Edition, as well as more traditional earpieces for music playback.

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Glass gets non-profit deployment as Google pushes real-world relevance

Glass gets non-profit deployment as Google pushes real-world relevance

Google has given five non-profits Glass headsets, to document their work as well as explore how wearables might impact charity operations. The scheme, which the search giant is calling "Google Giving Through Glass", has seen the head-worn computer handed out to the World Wildlife Fund, Samasource, Give Directly, DoSomething!, and charity: water to see how it "can amplify their impact and tackle some complex challenges" in projects around the world. Meanwhile, for Google it's an opportunity to fight suggestions that Glass is just a rich-geek's toy.

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Microsoft Google Glass rival in the works

Microsoft Google Glass rival in the works

It would appear that the folks responsible for creating new and exciting products for Microsoft have found their way in to the wearables business this month as a tip arrives on a Windows-based Google Glass rival. This device would be eyewear along the lines of Google Glass, but would aim for not only a head-based unit - Microsoft is apparently looking in to all segments of the wearables universe. This unit was tipped by anonymous users close to the matter speaking with the Wall Street Journal, also cautioning the fact that this Glass rival might never make the mass market.

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Google Q3 buoyant despite Motorola stumbles as Page talks smartwatches

Google Q3 buoyant despite Motorola stumbles as Page talks smartwatches

Google made $14.9bn in revenue in Q3 2013 despite Motorola Mobility sales continuing to shrink, with CEO Larry Page making one final earnings call to praise the Chromecast and namecheck smartwatches as one of the next big things in digital. Overall, revenues were up 12-percent versus the same quarter last year, with cash or cash-equivalents on hand amounting to $56.52bn. Speaking on the investor webcast, Page highlighted the speed at which the multi-screen world had developed, pointing to wearables like Glass and smartwatches as examples, and saying he no longer need feel guilty about spending time visiting the Android team.

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Google Glass double-blink for photos appears in firmware update

Google Glass double-blink for photos appears in firmware update

There's little doubt at this point that a future update for Google Glass will unveil the ability to take a photo using little more than a blink. In the most recent firmware update pushed to the wearable headset, it's been revealed that a previously known feature has been given a new name, complete with connection to the icon known as wink_for_photo. This icon can readily be attached to the likes of a new "gaze" folder with "double_blink_detector" inside.

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