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Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

It was almost laughed out of tech circles for its design and its not so obvious camera raised all sorts of privacy red flags. But now those features are the very same things that could vindicate the Google Glass in at least one very specific application: helping kids with autism learn to socialize better. At least that’s the preliminary finding of a Stanford study that utilizes the Google Glass to identify facial expressions. And, unsurprisingly, there’s some AI involved as well.

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Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses are real, and they're arguably the most realistic vision of how wearable computing can escape the "Glasshole" reputation. Fruit of the chip-maker's efforts to develop super-low-power processors for lightweight headsets, they may look like regular fashion frames but there's a laser surprise hidden inside. Just as important as what Vaunt's smart glasses can do, though, is the ways in which Intel has tried to circumnavigate its ill-fated predecessors.

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These AR glasses are what Google Glass wanted to be

These AR glasses are what Google Glass wanted to be

A pair of AR glasses from Everysight were announced today with Qualcomm technology inside. The Everysight Raptor AR Smartglasses work with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E SoC (embedded platform) enabling the device to roll with wireless connectivity technology like Wi-Fi and ANT+ Bluetooth. These glasses make information appear to be up in front of the user without blocking the user's vision while in motion - important when you're biking, of course.

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Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Despite having coffers as large as Google, more or less, Amazon is less trigger-happy when it comes to hardware not directly related to its core business of selling people stuff. Especially after it got burned so hard by the Fire Phone, pun totally intended. Its success with its Echo line of speakers, however, may have emboldened Amazon to make a leap of faith again, this time by putting its Alexa assistant on your face, via its own spin on the smart glasses wearable.

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Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google's ill-fated wearable, Glass, has been reborn for factory drones as Glass Enterprise Edition, now part of Alphabet's developmental X division. The new version of the headset has already been used in trials with a number of business customers, the team announced today, with a revamped version of the hardware and a new focus on making manufacturing, project management, and other enterprise tasks more productive. It's been enough to catch the attention of big names like DHL, GE, Boeing, and Volkswagen.

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Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses have been teased for possible release by one of the most prominent Apple-centric analysts in the world today. This tip comes from Loup Venture's Gene Munster, who forecasts that Apple Glasses, an AR wearable, will begin to appear in the year 2020. It's projected that the iPhone will reach its peak sales in the year 2019, then Apple's next big thing will be Apple Glasses, which will appear 1 year later.

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It seems time to revive the Google Glass

It seems time to revive the Google Glass

Google is a company not known to shy away from expensive experiments that get left by the wayside. Usually, those abandoned projects remain dead unless taken up by the community. So imagine the surprise and bewilderment when Google suddenly pushed out not just an update to the MyGlass app but an update to the Google Glass firmware itself. Now might be a good time to dust off those spectacles and relive the memories of what could have been.

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Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung AR glasses may be on their way not long after the Galaxy S8 and the newest Gear VR headset is revealed this February. These would be the newest edition of the Gear VR and a pair of smart glasses that haven't yet been revealed. "If there are any good ideas to make AR glasses [out there], we want to talk to you," said Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics. The doctor spoke at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego this week.

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Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Will Apple succeed in a market where Google miserably failed? That will probably be the biggest question that will come to anyone’s mind on hearing about Cupertino’s latest moonshot project. According to the usual insider sources, Apple is already taking baby steps towards potential digital glasses, ala Google Glass pictured above. Though there’s always a chance it would never see the light of day, such a wearable device could be its ticket into the augmented reality market.

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Android in your eye: Google’s intra-ocular device

Android in your eye: Google’s intra-ocular device

This week inventor Andrew Jason Conrad and Google have found their patent for intra-ocular devices appearing in the public thanks to the USPTO. These devices were first registered by Google back in October of 2014, and have just been published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week. This "intra-ocular device" is what Google describes as "an electronic lens that can be controlled to control the overall optical power of the device."

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Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

You now have a chance to get your hands on an unreleased follow-up to one of the biggest tech hardware flops in recent history: an Enterprise Edition of the Google Glass wearable. A listing for one has turned up for sale on eBay, making it a surprising find of a device that was only rumored to be in development in recent months. While it may look like the original Google Glass that debuted back in 2013 — dozens of which can also be found on eBay — the auction offers some of the first public images of the modifications made for enterprise users.

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Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

This week was filled with announcements of new and upcoming products but, somewhat ironically, Toshiba did the opposite. It revealed that it is canceling its Wearvue product, a Google Glass like that, like the rumored next gen Glass, was intended for the enterprise instead of consumers. What's amusing is how Toshiba canceled the device just a month after it was announced and just a week before it was meant to go on sale. Rather than an isolated case, however, it could be an indicator of a shift in the market.

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