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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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Google patent utilizes real-life “heart” hand gesture with Glass

Google patent utilizes real-life “heart” hand gesture with Glass

If you think you're going to make the world your oyster with Google Glass without raising your hands up to circle your favorite objects, you're in for a real change of heart. What we're seeing today is a patent application made by Google to keep the idea of "hearting" things to themselves. What you'd do is curve your index fingers and make your thumbs into the heart's point, and poof, you've added your support for that object in the real world.

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Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearable computing is an unstoppable, addictive force that could well step in to address neurodegenerative illnesses where medicine cannot, Google X's Mary Lou Jepsen says, though the display division chief refuses to be drawn on what her team is working on inside the clandestine lab. "It's coming. I don't think it's stoppable" Jepsen said of wearables like Google's Glass which she wore round her neck while speaking at MIT's EmTech conference on Thursday. However while it may be inescapable, Jepsen still can't tell us about her particular role in the future; "Sergey insists" on continued secrecy around her project, she explained, referring to Google X lab overseer and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google has used some of the most advanced computing technology, quantum chips in the D-Wave computer it has bought with NASA, to address one of the most basic issues in its Glass wearable: figuring out if users are blinking on purpose or involuntarily. The perhaps humdrum implementation, revealed for the first time this week in a film about the technology, has seen the quantum computer - which is based at Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab - bring its ability to examine complex multiples of possibilities effectively simultaneously to bear on refining the algorithms involved in Glass and its non-traditional control systems.

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Google Glass XE10 adds Transit directions but no native apps

Google Glass XE10 adds Transit directions but no native apps

Google has updated its Glass wearable with public transit directions, with firmware XE10 turning the headset into a city navigator, though the much-anticipated local app support is still missing. The new Glass OS works with the Android MyGlass app to push transit information about buses, street cars, subways, and other public transportation options to the eyepiece, with not only timetables but guidance on where to change trains, the distance to the nearest bus stop, and overall ETA. It's not the only new feature to arrive in XE10, too.

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