CNN’s iReport is about to get Glassy. The news organization is now allowing Google Glass users to upload directly to their citizen-journalism platform. It might be a small sampling, but offers a unique perspective on the news.
Google Glass has lost a Business Development Executive, as Kelly Liang leaves for a position with SmartThings. Liang, who came to Google with the YouTube acquisition, was most recently the Director for Business Development with Google X.
When a friend asks for money, you may soon be able to crane your eye up and speak to the cloud rather than hand them cash. Citing a “source close to the company”, TechCrunch says Google is trying to make their Wallet feature available for Glass. Via a simple command, Glass users cold send money, just as they do via Gmail.
Though Google Glass is not yet available to the average consumer, a relatively small number of the devices exist in the hands of "Explorers," the number of which just increased in recent times. Because of the nature of the Explorer program, Glass is priced at $1,500 for those with the opportunity to buy.
Google Glass is seeing an update roll out today, bringing in some very handy fixes for Pioneers and Explorers. Still in beta, Glass relies on user feedback to judge what needs to be fixed, and the team is clearly paying attention. Fixes to how calls are managed, photo deletion, and backup are incoming.
When Field Trip for Google Glass launched, it ushered in a neat way to find local oddities and points of interest for the unique headwear. What it lacked was a good way to interact with the service. It pushed cool info to you, but that was about it. Niantic Labs, the team behind Field Trip, has changed all that.
Whether it be by mistake or released in secret before the general push to the public, Google Glass units have been put on sale once again. It would appear - and we’ve tested right up to the point of purchase - that any user is able to purchase Google Glass without needing to be part of the Explorer Edition club, so to speak.
As promised, Google today opened the Google Glass Explorer Program to the public, providing a limited time shot to get your hands on the wearable device. The availability runs out tonight, and while those who want to get their hands on a pair still can, the "Cotton" (white) color has sold out.
There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year. One example is Samsung, whose latest patent for such a product reveals an ultra-simple solution.
Google has been peddling its Google Glass wearable device for a while now and so far, to be able to buy one, you had to be invited. Even once you were invited, you still needed to cough up the $1500. If you have been dreaming about becoming a Glass user, but didn't know anyone who could invite you, today is your day.
According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?