Project Glass

Congrats, Google Glass researchers, obviousness successfully stated

Congrats, Google Glass researchers, obviousness successfully stated

Of all the faults, goofy aesthetics, and generally questionable decisions around Google Glass, the fact that wearing it on your face means you might not be able to see quite as clearly seems a pretty commonsense issue. Still, a team at the University of California, San Francisco opted to look at just that, trying to figure out whether a head-mounted display could in fact present a significant risk to peripheral vision. It'll come as little surprise to find that having a chunk of electronics poised over your right eye does indeed block off some of your visual field.

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Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google's smartglasses have yet another update inbound, this one bringing with it new functionality that will make life a bit easier for users. Once it arrives, Google Glass users will be able to see Android app notifications from their smartphone on the wearable, giving a hands-free option to see what notifications you have and whether any of them are worth pulling your phone out for. Those using an Android Wear device will likely already be familiar with the Notification Sync feature.

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Moto 360 and Google Glass appear on Google Play store

Moto 360 and Google Glass appear on Google Play store

This week Google has updated its device store with a couple of new devices. First - and perhaps most important - is the Google sales portal for Moto 360. Where earlier today Motorola’s own sales portal was the only place you’d have been able to purchase their round watch, now Google is bringing the heat as well. Google Glass has been for sale from Google before, but never through Google Play directly.

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Google Glass gets Pandora app

Google Glass gets Pandora app

Google Glass now has Pandora support, giving the wearable another option for streaming music playback. The new Glassware pipes Pandora's ever-changing custom radio playlists to the headset, complete with support for starting a new channel or picking from a preexisting one.

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Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

The idea of Glass doing face-recognition may not sit well with Google, but how about if the wearable could just give you a little more insight into how the person you're talking to is feeling? Fraunhofer IIS has loaded its SHORE emotion, age, and gender detection system straight onto Google's headset, giving real-time feedback on those around you.

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Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Google is giving Glass a refresh, making the wearable faster and longer-lasting, though likely to infuriate early-adopters all the same as unlike before they won't be given the opportunity to swap to the new version. The new Glass will now have 2GB of memory - double the 1GB of RAM the current Explorer Edition model has - and the promise of around 15-percent longer battery life thanks to a combination of firmware released today and quietly-made hardware changes a few months back.

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