Our Canadians friends could be seeing Google's wearable arrive in the near future, at least if a card surfacing in a recent pair of Glass is any indication. Nothing firm has been stated, but the card serves as a pretty solid hint that the wearable could finally be making its way north.
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.
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.
When it comes to thieves and technology, the latter usually proves to be their biggest nemesis. Earlier this summer, for example, one thief was caught after logging into his Facebook account at the victim's home, then forgetting to log back out. The newest dumb criminal? A man who stole a pair of Google Glass and unknowingly broadcasted his day.
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.
The 2014 edition of Google I/O is about to begin, but not before a whole new batch of apps for Google Glass can be launched. Starting this week, several new experiences will be brought to the Google Glass world, including Runtastic, GuidiGO, Duolingo, The Guardian, 94Fifty Basketball, Livestream, Goal.com, musiXmatch, Shazam, Star Chart, Allthecooks, and none other than Zombies, Run!
As the relentless Glass parodies show, Google's wearable still has a long way to go to engage the mainstream market, which might explain the latest push into more open-minded markets. Google has announced its first "Glass at Work Certified Partners", five companies looking to use the head-mounted device for doctors in hospitals, journalists in the field, and other highly-targeted cases.