An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.
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?
Latest among changes taking place at Google is the appointment of a new head of Glass: Ivy Ross, who will be starting her new position this month. On the Glass Google+ account today, Ross posted an open letter to the public detailing her new position, saying that she is looking "forward to answering the seemingly simple, but truly audacious questions Glass poses."
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.
Just as the first wave of Google Glass units are put on sale in a public way, rumors of the second edition begin to appear. A tip from Crystal Optech’s own Kong Wenjun suggests that they’ve supplied - through several middle-men - samples of their technology to Google’s Research and Development for Glass. While this would suggest that Google Glass 2 is on the way, it should not be a surprise that Google is continuing research into better and more advanced ways to present their product.
Google has officially allowed us to buy Glass. Via Google+, we learn that the Glass team is building up their stock, and readying it for the masses. The Glass sign-up page that was open for the April 15 sale is live as well.
A new teardown of Google Glass rebuffs an earlier claim that the device hardware was worth under $100. While the new estimate of $132.47 for the hardware alone sounds a bit more reasonable, it’s nonetheless leaving quite a bit of the $1,500 asking price in the lurch. Are we paying for Google’s project, or are these tear-downs way off?
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.