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Is Google Glass for drivers really safe?

Is Google Glass for drivers really safe?

Road safety while using wearable tech like Google Glass is back in the headlines, with the acquittal of one early-adopter of distracted driving charges prompting controversy over what's acceptable to use while you're behind the wheel, and what's in fact dangerous. The ruling on Thursday that Glass wearer Cecilia Abadie would not be fined for sporting the headset after being pulled over for speeding has been heralded by some "Explorers" as validation that the technology is road-worthy. Nonetheless, the question remains, is Glass really safe - not to mention legal - for drivers to use while on the road?

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Google Glass basketball game broadcast to hit Sacramento Kings

Google Glass basketball game broadcast to hit Sacramento Kings

On January 24th, the Sacramento Kings will be broadcasting their game against the Indiana Pacers through Google Glass. While we've seen some sporting video #throughglass before, this will be the first time that a major Basketball game will be shown - by the announcers, the dancers, the mascot, and the players as well. This game will be broadcast and coordinated by a group called CrowdOptic.

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Moment Camera turns Glass into intelligent life-logger

Moment Camera turns Glass into intelligent life-logger

A new Google Glass app that turns the wearable into an intelligent life-logging camera has been released, Moment Camera, promising to automatically figure out the best times to capture a frame. The app claims to use Glass' various sensors to pick a moment when the camera is steady, the lighting is at its best, and when the potential subjects are in the best pose for a photo, and then grabs an image automatically, leaving the wearable's wearer to get on with experiencing the moment.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis packs Google Glass app and AWD option

2015 Hyundai Genesis packs Google Glass app and AWD option

Hyundai has revealed the new 2015 Genesis, adding AWD and a head-up display, as well as a stiffer platform than a BMW 5-series, and integration with both Apple's Siri and Google Glass. The new car, which will hit US showrooms this spring, can use the Glass Blue Link app to allow drivers to remotely unlock and start the sedan, locate it in a parking lot, send points-of-interest to the dashboard navigation system, and track down the nearest gas station. Meanwhile, there's also support for the iPhone's "Eyes Free" mode using Siri to control things like Apple Maps, calls, messaging, and more.

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Corvette Stingray turns Google Glass into driver info HUD

Corvette Stingray turns Google Glass into driver info HUD

When like Chevrolet you've got a WiFi and LTE connection integrated into the brain of your cars, there's more you can do than just get the kids online in the rear seats: you can turn Google Glass into a head-up display. Demonstrated as a proof-of-concept here at CES 2014, the Chevrolet Glass app hooks up specifically to the new Corvette Stingray, feeding real-time statistics like speed, gear, engine RPM, and G-force straight to the screen of the Android wearable.

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Google Glass prescription frames revealed by Rochester Optical

Google Glass prescription frames revealed by Rochester Optical

The first prescription lens option for Google Glass has been revealed, with Rochester Optical sneaking in ahead of Google's own official frames with a custom carrier that can be slotted into the Android wearable. The system, which consists of a set of frames - Rochester Optical calls it the Glass Prescription Lens Carrier (GLPC) - that clip into the bridge of Glass and cost from $99 for the single-vision lenses and $129 for the GLPC itself.

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Google Glass prescription frame option priced up for Explorers

Google Glass prescription frame option priced up for Explorers

Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be priced from $99, one start-up has confirmed, with Rochester Optical revealing early cost details ahead of preorders opening after CES 2014 next week. The company, which confirmed its prescription option for those wanting to use Google's wearable as their regular spectacles was due "in just a few weeks" courtesy of a questionnaire last week, will offer a number of packages that clip onto Glass rather than requiring it be dismantled and attached to a new headpiece, as Google's own system looks to involve.

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Glass invites offered to Google Play Music All Access subscribers

Glass invites offered to Google Play Music All Access subscribers

Google has broadened its Glass invitations to a new group, paid subscribers to Google Play Music All Access, though they'll still have to stump up the not-inconsiderable $1,500-plus-tax sticker price on the beta wearable. The invitations, which are being emailed to All Access subscribers, bills the deal as being to mark the addition of Play Music streaming support to Glass earlier this month.

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Google Glass Prescription Lenses coming “in just a few weeks”

Google Glass Prescription Lenses coming “in just a few weeks”

This week the folks at Rochester Optical have sent out questionnaires for users of Google Glass that wish to upgrade their pair to prescription lenses. This is the next step in the evolution of Google Glass, allowing users who would otherwise be wearing glasses and the Glass headset to combine the two into one. Rochester Optical is, thus far, the one and only group to be joining Google in this effort.

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