The cinema chair Alamo Drafthouse, never one to tolerate errant technology use in the theater, has taken the first step for officially cracking down on Google Glass's presence during movies. From now on, Glass will have to be removed before the movie starts.
Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?
Google has officially announced the already-leaked experimental feature "Notification Glance", revealing it today on the Glass Google+ page. The feature is rolling out with minor update XE 17.3, and will improve the way users interact with notifications on Google's wearable.
An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.
Google can’t rely on traditional advertising to make its billions any more, and is looking to smart thermostats, wearables and more to fill in the gaps, but what makes for an engaging - and unobtrusive - 21st century ad? A recently filed Google SEC document explaining that the definition of mobile was expanding to encompass smart home hardware such as Nest, as well as wearables like Glass and Android Wear, among other platforms has prompted concerns of commercials on every display. But is there a way that Google could package promotions that users not only accept, but embrace?
Latest among changes taking place at Google is the appointment of a new head of Glass: Ivy Ross, who will be starting her new position this month. On the Glass Google+ account today, Ross posted an open letter to the public detailing her new position, saying that she is looking "forward to answering the seemingly simple, but truly audacious questions Glass poses."
Google has already sold out of one color of Glass, with supplies of the most discrete of the five wearable finishes exhausted after it was put up for general sale a couple of days ago. The charcoal finish - as close as Glass gets to plain black - is now sold-out, Google pointed out today, leaving four colors to choose from.
At the stroke of midnight, Google announced the latest perk for Glass owners, particularly those who like to hit the town or do a lot of travelling: new Glassware comprised of Foursquare, TripIt, and OpenTable, extending your ability to get around and let the world know it.
Following Google's expansion of Glass's availability to the general public, the University of California Irvine School of Medicine has gifted the wearable to all of its students. Glass will be used by all med students in both courses and hospital rotations.
Just as the first wave of Google Glass units are put on sale in a public way, rumors of the second edition begin to appear. A tip from Crystal Optech’s own Kong Wenjun suggests that they’ve supplied - through several middle-men - samples of their technology to Google’s Research and Development for Glass. While this would suggest that Google Glass 2 is on the way, it should not be a surprise that Google is continuing research into better and more advanced ways to present their product.