A hot finger and a set of smart glasses could change the way we interact with the digital world, with Metaio tackling augmented reality interaction by turning every surface into a virtual touchscreen. The company's Thermal Touch system uses infrared and regular cameras to track the heat signature left when the user touches a surface, whether that be a display or a wall, and then overlays digital content on top.
If there’s a category of wearable or otherwise smart devices out there, Samsung is on top of it. Today the rumor is that Samsung is making a Virtual Reality headset akin to Oculus Rift. Instead of working with high-powered PCs, however, this device will be working with mobile smart handsets and tablets, and it might even be branded Galaxy.
Connected glasses have cropped up from various companies, the most notable of which is Google Glass, but few are as simple and regular looking as Tzukuri's smart sunglasses. With the glasses comes Bluetooth connectivity and an app that lets you keep track of both the glasses and handset.
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?
A contest designed to get people designing for Motorola has revealed a previously unknown fact about the Moto 360. Though gorgeous and highly desirable, we’ve yet to officially hear what pricing for the Moto 360 will be on launch. Though we’re still in the dark a bit about a launch timeframe, it seems Motorola has revealed their pricing scheme in the rules section of the contest.
Google is predicting adverts displayed on your Nest smart thermostat, as well as across wearables like Glass and Android Wear, car dashboards, and more, as it tries to clue the government in on what will be the ad opportunities of tomorrow. The idea of the spread of marketing and similar promotional information across different wearable and smart home devices came as Google responded to an SEC concern about falling ad revenues as the traditional ways of displaying them become diversified.
A French website is reporting the Moto 360, the highly anticipated Android Wear smartwatch from Motorola, will be available this summer. They’re also giving details on pricing, which they say will run a touch more than the LG G Watch, Android Wear's other landmark device.
There’s a brand new channel on IFTTT this week (If This Then That) which enables functionality with the Fitbit family of devices. Fitness trackers are being distributed to the world in full force as the predominant "wearable" device in our modern smart technology-loving world. As such, IFTTT is ready to jump aboard this ship and make with the programming.
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.