The newest wave of Google Glass Explorer Edition units are set to be distributed by mail, with Google sending out word that they're fully prepared to do the switch with boxes of their own. Users that'd signed up over the last few weeks will be seeing a box sent to their residence through the mail that they'll then use to mail their original Google Glass back to the shop. From there, Google will send a pair of the newest wave of Glass to the user so that everyone can be onboard with the most current hardware.
Following invitations heading out to developers, Google has now been sending invitations to existing Glass Explorers, offering them an updated unit in exchange for their current product. Owners aren't required to make the swap, of course, but doing so will bring about some welcomed changes, not the least of which is the ability to use Glass with prescriptions glasses.
Tis a happy day for Glass owners, who can now grab the official Play Music app for their Google wearable. The announcement was made by Google's Stephen Lau on Google+, where he dropped a quick and humor-infused note informing Explorers of the update. The Music app can be grabbed from the MyGlass page, but those who are using a sideloaded apk will need to uninstall it first.
In the beginning, the barge moored to Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay was thought to be a floating data center. Then it was supposed to be a floating high-end show room and party venue. Now we're hearing that the mysterious Google barge is actually a floating retail center. It could even headline Google Glass.
Google has once again expanded the gates for its Explorer Program, sending out invitations to developers in an opportunity to nab a pair of Google Glass. This follows a few times the program has been expanded in various ways, and makes good on a recent promise the company made to provide additional chances to get into the program. The invitations coincide with the availability of a Glass Developer Kit sneak-peak, and will spur the development of Glassware.
The world of wearables - specifically with Google Glass - isn’t exactly a widely accepted one as of yet. That may all change in the near future as Google has been chatting with the eye care insurance group VSP Global, making a plan for the future in which training optometrists in fitting patients with Glass could become a reality. At the moment, Glass is fitted to users as their own separate piece of hardware while prescription lenses are still only in their infancy.
As if on cue following this week's demonstration of the new Google Glassware development kit at the San Francisco Hackathon, online automation service IFTTT has released a new Google Glass action. Beginning today, you can have IFTTT (If This, Then That) send a notification to your Glass timeline whenever one of your specified triggers fires. For example, anytime SlashGear publishes a new post, you'll know about it right away via your Glass timeline.
It's time to get a handle on the Google Glass development kit - the SDK that is - readied for developers to start making their own GlassWare apps. This week at a Glass Hackathon event, Glass Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan shared about 30 minutes worth of new information on the Glass SDK. What you'll see today as a consumer - or a potential or current owner of Google Glass - is what developers are about to be working with in the near future.
Google has been pushing its Google Glass augmented reality glasses for a while now. Google Glass units currently sell for $1500 each and Google has been adding new features to help people justify the price. Back in September, Google added song searching allowing users to figure out what song they're hearing along with Vignetting photos in XE9.
Google has been improving Glass with regular updates, and they have also recently opened up the Explorer program quite a bit. This has also come along with v2.0 hardware which brings with it promise of support for prescription lenses and a mono earbud. But perhaps more important here is the expanding and now remote Explorer program because with more users we should see more apps and more development.
Though Google Glass isn't going to be part of their permanent collection, the headset is indeed headed for the Museum of Contemporary art later this month. In a bid to show the device off to the public in as effective a manner as possible, Google is bringing Glass to a variety of cities across the United States in the coming weeks. Google's next stop: Detroit, Rock City.