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Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Google is out lobbying against potential Glass driving bans, and now developers are joining the chorus of those demanding a more nuanced view of how distracting wearable-tech is for those behind the wheel. The Glass Explorer behind a new app that pipes vital car data like speed and fuel levels directly into your line-of-sight, Voidstar AutoHUD, argues that ergonomically and functionally there are reasons why "Glassholes" might end up safer drivers.

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Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google may be turning to the fashion behemoth behind Oakley and Ray-Bans to make Glass more aesthetically appealing, but three years back a set of cable-ties would've been more appropriate, a new image of a prototype version shows. Revealed at ThinkLA by Google's Janine Gianfredi of the Glass marketing team, the photo dates back to the days when the wearable headset was physically tethered to a computer in a backpack.

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Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google has inked a deal with Ray-Ban and Oakley parent company Luxottica to develop a Google Glass collection, potentially pushing the wearable computing platform directly into the gaze of the mass market. The collaboration will see a joint team of Google and Luxottica eyewear and wearable tech experts collaborate on "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products" to make sporting a computer on your face more fashion-friendly.

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Layar for Glass tries AR on Google’s wearable

Layar for Glass tries AR on Google’s wearable

Layar has launched its own Glassware app for Google Glass, bringing augmented reality-style Interactive Print advertisements and location-based points-of-interest to the wearable. The app uses Glass' camera and a new command - "OK Glass, scan this" - to recognize adverts and other content using image recognition, bringing up videos, product details, slideshows, and other content to the headset's display.

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This is what using Glass almost looked like

This is what using Glass almost looked like

With all eyes on Google's new Android Wear program for smartwatches, what better time for the Glass team to show off a little of its wearable history, revealing an early - and awful - concept interface for the head-mounted display during GDC 2014. The Glass team brought the headset along to the Game Developers Conference to talk up its potential to bend digital games with the real world, which perhaps unsurprisingly includes just as many warnings about what not to do as it does advice on best-practice. Ironically, though, one of the biggest pratfalls was one Google's engineers themselves almost fell for.

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Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Late last year, I reported on these pages that I was offered by Google to become a Google Glass Explorer. I had signed up to be notified when it was "opening its books" and Google offered me beta access to the program. Like everyone else, I was asked to pay $1,500 to become an Explorer and get my Google Glass headwear. I would then become the Explorer I thought I wanted to be.

When the notice came that I could join the program, my first reaction was to sign up. But then I took a step back, came to these pages to find out what the world thought, and make a decision from there. I decided against the move, realizing that right now might not be the best time to be an Explorer.

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Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

A new traffic app for Google Glass is likely to throw the safety aspects of wearables back into question, as new hands-free technology butts heads with more traditional dashboard displays like Apple's new CarPlay. Traffic, the handiwork of Glass developer GlassVuz, fills in one of the gaps in the Google headset's navigation system, bringing real-time traffic data to the head-up display.

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