It wasn't cheap to buy into the earliest round of Google Glass testing, but Google is now offering an unexpected benefit: a free hardware upgrade.
In an e-mail sent to early Google Glass owners on Wednesday, the company offered to upgrade the $1,500 Explorer Edition headsets to a newer model for free. Google said that the newer model is faster, more durable, and compatible with upcoming prescription frames and the recently announced accessories such as the mono-earbud and the sunglasses attachment Shades.
Maybe it's time for Broadcom Chief Technology Officer Henry Samueli to get a little of the limelight.
For years, CPU makers like Intel, IBM, and Apple got the glory in the processor industry. But as mobile and cloud computing explodes, communication chips are getting more important, and that's the market where the company Samueli co-founded is a dominant player.
Wednesday, the company announced a new processor that's emblematic of the new trends in the computing industry. The BCM20736 is a modest little thing -- a chip that lets a device communicate over low-power Bluetooth links and charge … Read more
Google released an official version of its Play Music app for Google Glass on Monday.
The app, announced in a Google+ post by Glass engineer Stephen Lau, follows two November Glass announcements: that there will be branded and pricey Google Glass earbuds, and the public availability of the Google Glass Development Kit preview. The GDK let developers build apps that use more of Glass's hardware features than before.
Glass owners who previously had sideloaded the Google Play Music app Music2.apk are advised to uninstall it before installing the official Glassware version. Otherwise, the official app will not install. … Read more
Brandyn White's adventures hacking on Google Glass began not in a fancy Silicon Valley lab, but in a St. Petersburg, Fla., car repair shop in the mid-1990s.
His dad gave him a Tandy personal computer. The classic DOS desktop tower, "which was old then," White said with a laugh, was part of a payment his dad had received for fixing a customer's car. Limited in what he could do with the Tandy, White soon picked up a programming book from his school library. He was 10.
By the time he was a teenager, White had started … Read more
We should be thankful for clarity.
There's so little of it around and sometimes it does a fine job of piercing the odorous fog.
One Seattle diner, the Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, decided to be -- in its view, at least -- very clear with a customer about his wearing Google Glass while eating.
Nick Starr, a video teleconference network engineer, sat down at the diner with his Google Glass proudly perched on his nose. That nose was soon put out of joint when he was asked to take off the famed glasses or take off.
As he … Read more
Google is now letting developers get their hands (and eyes) on Glass.
The search giant on Monday sent out invitations to developers to purchase Google Glass. Google hasn't said how many developers were included or whether the offer will be extended to more developers.
The move follows the company's recent launch of its Glass Development Kit. Google has also offered its Mirror application programming interface to developers who want to create apps for the hardware.
CNET has contacted Google for more details. We will update this story when we have more information.
In 2010, the Looxcie wearable camera was ahead of its time (though not necessarily in a good way).
The $199 first version was a large Bluetooth headset with a built-in camera that recorded HVGA-resolution video (480x320 pixels) at 15 frames per second. The Bluetooth could be used to directly connect to an Android or iOS device, giving you a live view of what the camera saw as well as a way to transfer clips for mobile uploading. Unfortunately, the concept and the available technology to handle it weren't in the same place at that time.
With the Looxcie 3, … Read more
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Smartphones have almost unarguably become commodities. So what's next? Lost cost phones are a big trend to watch, bringing along the still large population that is stuck with "dumb phones" and not part of the always-on/always-on-you revolution.
Fitness wearables have arrived in a big way. What was once a niche category focused on the extremely fit (or those who aspired to be) is now heading fast toward the crowd that just wants to sleep better or lose 5-10 pounds. But the smartwatch lurks out there, possibly ready to cannibalize the mainstream … Read more
Google Glass will soon have some new music-friendly features.
The search giant on Tuesday announced that Google Glass will soon come with a voice command for listening to music. In the example provided on the Google+ page, the company said the feature would allow users to say "OK, Glass, listen to..." to play a song. The feature will allow the eyewear to access tracks from Google Play Music.
In addition, Google has announced that stereo earbuds will be coming to Google Glass. The add-ons will allow for listening to music while still hearing what's going on around … Read more