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  1. Over the past few years, the rate of hard drive density improvements has dropped significantly. While Seagate and Western Digital have both pushed ahead with larger hard drives (often thanks to more platters and the use of helium), the actual rate of areal density increase has slowed these last few years. As Seagate and Western Digital push towards 20TB, glass substrates could be a critical component of that effort. Right now, only laptop drives use glass substrates, which have several advantages over aluminum. First, glass is more rigid than aluminum, which allows the platters to be thinner (and lighter). Glass substrates are smoother and flatter than aluminum, which allows them to be packed together more tightly, and they expand less than aluminum under heat, which makes it easier to cope with thermal expansion. The amount of energy required to spin a glass platter at a given spindle speed will also be at least slightly lower than if the same platter was made of aluminum, due to the latter’s higher weight. Mock-ups incorporating Hoya’s glass substrate. The right and left mock-ups use 10 0.5mm-thick glass substrates and nine 0.635mm-thick glass substrates, respectively. A Japanese company, Hoya, believes that current HDD manufacturers will adopt its glass disks for 3.5-inch drives (glass is already used for 2.5-inch laptop drives). Hoya has prototyped glass platters that are 0.5mm and 0.381mm thick, compared with the 0.635mm platters currently in use. While each drive platter must have a gap between itself and the next platter, cutting the platter size by 40 percent means you can pack more platters into the same drive capacity. Glass substrates are also useful for HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording), which uses a laser to heat the part of the disk being written to. Seagate wants to introduce HAMR-equipped HDDs by 2018 and hit 20TB of available storage by 2020. Banking on Capacity One reason I suspect Nikkei is right about glass substrates being more widely adopted in 3.5-inch drives is because the hard drive industry really only has one card to play against SSDs — sheer storage capacity. The explosion in cloud services and the advent of so many comprehensive backup solutions means enterprise demand for back-end storage is going to continue to grow. Companies may use SSDs and NAND to cache data; we’ve even seen some interesting proposals for using NAND as a replacement for DRAM in cache servers. But while companies like Samsung sometimes make headlines for creating enormous NAND drives that dwarf anything hard drives can offer, they don’t bring those products to market for good reason: Nobody could afford them at the price they’d have to charge. The last two blue dots show consumer capacity in 2011 and 2014. The red dot shows the density growth rate at 20TB in 2020, Seagate’s stated goal for its own HAMR introduction. As the cost gap between hard drives and SSDs has fallen, we’ve seen SSDs muscling into what was traditionally the turf of higher capacity hard drives. The consumer market is clearly moving to NAND flash in the long run, with enthusiasts still buying some hard drives for local backups and archival purposes. Long-term, however, HDDs are going to be seen as cold (or at least cool) storage options. That means driving up capacities is the most important way to expand their appeal, and the businesses that adopt them won’t be put off, even if glass platters require a higher cost. SSDs aren’t going to be cost-effective if you need 100 to 500TB of storage in the near-term. With the total amount of data created worldwide continuing to grow, there’s no sign of slowing the world demand for data any time soon. View: Original Article
  2. Update x1: Sorry. Google has confirmed that Glass isn’t available for sale to everyone yet. The rollout is limited to Explorers only. From Google rep: This link was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline from last week’s sale. We’re shutting it down shortly. As always, we will continue to experiment with ways to expand the Explorer program in the weeks and months ahead. Up until this point, the Mountain View company has been pretty clear that Glass isn’t a product for everyone – all the way from its high price point to the fact that it was impossible for the masses to get one without an invite. In fact, Google had touted the device to be for explorers primarily – people living their lives on the edge and daring to do what others usually don’t. Well, all of that is changing now, as the Glass Store has been opened to everyone interested in getting their hands on the rather expensive and catchy eyewear! It seems that when the company opened up the Glass Store for just a day to general public earlier this month, it was just a trial run to see how people will react. While we don’t have the exact numbers to cite, it must’ve been really encouraging, as Google has now made the move permanent and anyone with ambition and the dough to fund it can get their hands on the coveted hardware. The Explorer Edition of Google Glass is still selling at $1,500 through the official Glass Store. It is worth noting that this change in sale policy applies only to customers based in the United States, although we suspect more locations to get added fairly soon. Should you decide to get a Google Glass Explorer Edition through the store, what you’ll be getting is the hardware itself, a charging/USB connection cable, an earbud with mono audio, a carrying pouch and your choice of shade or frame (prescription as well). All of that for a whopping $1,500! The availability of the product to general public definitely represents a major milestone in Google Glass’s lifecycle. It is now more like a real product than something that only a select few had access to. Despite the fact that its price will deter most from even considering getting one, it’s out there and it’s available, and that’s what makes this important news for the tech world. Also, this paves the way for the next generation Google Glass, and who knows, maybe one day, I might even consider getting one without going bankrupt! Source
  3. Love or loathe Google Glass, the search giant’s intriguing project continues to get the lion’s share of the media’s coverage, but whilst the tech world remains fascinated by this new technology, many start-ups have sought to compete against the might of Google with their very own attempts at building a face computer. KAIST, which stands for the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has just taken the wraps off its K-Glass prototype, which it claims is 30 times faster than Google Glass, as well as 3x to 12x more efficient. The Explorer Edition of Glass has been distributed out to creative folks in order to get the ball rolling with regards to building great apps and such, but while the Big G has plenty of developers on board already, there has also been a notable spike in the number of companies trying to forge their own niche in this emerging market of head-mounted tech. The K-Glass is the brainchild of one Yoo Hoi-Jun, currently the Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAIST, and along with a dedicated team of expert researchers, he has come up with an augmented reality device boasting a superior performance not only to Glass, but most other alternatives plying their trade. The fact that it is very efficient with its energy use is also a plus, with K-Glass purportedly able to last 3 to 12 times longer than Google Glass. Sure, Glass has the benefit of being in the spotlight, but it still has its limitations, including the fact that the battery doesn’t seem to last for a great deal of time. K-Glass, like any good competitor, attempts to fill in the blanks, and with 24 hours of battery life in standard, everyday use, it certainly presents itself as a more marketable product both at consumer and enterprise / industry level. K-Glass runs on a small-but-powerful AR chip capable of processing up to 1012 operations per second, and by, as noted by one researcher, “ruling out the unnecessary computation,” the processor can operate more quickly when dealing with complicated algorithms. Just where K-Glass will go, or whether it will even compete with the likes of Glass, remains to be seen. Nevertheless, with companies and institutions making a concerted effort to improve and evolve this fledgling technology, it’s not going to be the one-man show we might have presumed it to be back when Project Glass was first announced. We’ve seen a bunch of smartglasses already, some of the most notable ones being the Lumus, Vuzix Smart Glass, GlassUp etc. But the thing that excites us the most is which one will make the biggest impact when all of these will actually go mainstream. Source
  4. It seems that Google Glass is susceptible to MitM (Man in the Middle) hack attacks due to a JavaScript security hole. Recent tests showed that malicious 3rd party Javascript code can be executed on Google's wearable gadget. Any app that is compiled for pre-Jelly Bean versions of Android can exploit 'addJavascriptinterface()' - a function that normally "allows you to inject Java objects into a page's JavaScript context, so that they can be accessed by JavaScript in the page". Unfortunately, the aforementioned function is broken when used under Android 4.1 API 16 or below, which means that wrongdoers can manipulate it and execute malicious Java code through WebView without any permission. JavaScript interacts with Java object on a private, background thread of this WebView. Care is therefore required to maintain thread safety." - the documentation for the function states. The first edition of Google Glass runs Android 4.0.4, which means that the wearable gadget can be easily hacked into if wrongdoers decide to exploit the flaw. According to Google's documentation about the addJavascriptinterface() function, it "is a powerful feature, but also presents a security risk for applications targeted to API level JELLY BEAN or below, because JavaScript could use reflection to access an injected object's public fields". Additionally, the company admits that "use of this method in a WebView containing untrusted content could allow an attacker to manipulate the host application in unintended ways". MWR Labs, a security company, states that the addJavascriptinterface() issue was discovered back in December 2012. The company also advises all Android users to "remove any and all applications that embed advertisements", because they usually connect to untrusted networks and pose security risks. Source
  5. We are missing the aero glass interface of windows 7 in windows 8, ain't we. Unfortunately, there isn't any permanent and reliable solution - yet. Still, roaming around the web, I've found something that I wanna share here. The folks who were searching glass for windows 8, are familiar with DWMhook method. I've tried this too but as it's still in development, has a lot of bugs but it promises permanent aero glass effect for windows 8 and I hope, it will succeed one day. Now, the thing that I've tried and want to share with you guys is the combination of two extremely small portable utilities. Aero8Tuner - 26.26 KBbLend - 110 KBThe Procedure Edit: (The above process just writes setting to the registry for current session - after restart, you have to only check the Force high contrast mode again) Now you will be enjoying following interfaces: Edit: Source of the trick
  6. Google has, for the first time, showcased a series of mini-games designed specifically for use with its Glass project, in a move that the search giant hopes will inspire developers into creating some interesting, exciting, and cutting-edge titles tailored to the face computer. If Glass is ever going to offer any kind of appeal to fans of casual games, though, one suspects that devs will need to vastly improve what Google has mustered, with the company’s collective of mini-games hardly rousing even a flicker of entertainment. Google Glass is, despite having been the subject of incessant media coverage over the past year or so, still a product very much in the early stages, and although we’ve seen much to be excited about, there’s also a feeling that we’ve not yet even scraped the surface to what the wearable gadget will eventually be capable of. The current Explorer Edition, which remains in beta for the time being, has reached many developers and creative individuals, and with some apps already having showed a great deal of promise, it seems only natural that games should follow. Although some have already been quietly building games and challenges for Glass users, the Big G is looking to ramp things up a notch or two, and as such, has posted a clip showing off some mini-games. At this point, the limits of such an young product are very much apparent, and although Google’s showcase does include a game similar to Fruit Ninja with the whole falling objects routine, it looks a very bare-bones experience. The short video clip below presents some of the other games on offer, including one involving a Pac-Man-like character balancing blocks on its head, which you control using the accelerometer of Glass. There’s also Clay Shooter, which, as you would imagine, lets you take shots at certain objects flying through the air, along with a tennis game. Although the clip is only 27 seconds long including Google’s ad-libs, it’s long enough to assess the distinctly uninspiring nature of each. Considering the goal was to inspire, we’re not particularly impressed, although with Glass still in relative infancy, there’s certainly scope for things to improve, and perhaps, in time, offer something remnant of the rich mobile gaming experience on smartphones and tablets. Source
  7. By Liz Gannes January 27, 2014, 9:01 PM PST You might say the first technology people wore on their face was eyeglasses. That likely started more than 700 years ago. About nine months after Google first started shipping its wearable computer Google Glass, it is melding the old technology with the new by offering eyeglass frames as a $225 upgrade to the $1,500 device (which is still yet not widely available). Google’s frames have a techie chic aesthetic and are made of titanium, with four different styles of varying thickness and shape, and eight different colors. They should work for most prescriptions — except perhaps for people who need especially thick frames — and can be fulfilled through VSP and partially reimbursed through insurance. Adding support for people who need corrective vision was the plan all along and the most common Glass feature request, according to product director Steve Lee. Though Glass owners are a small market — there are about 30,000 of them — outside providers had unofficially made prescription lenses before Google was able to get its own version out the door. The Google frames, which are screwed into a standard Glass unit, have the added effect of making the device a bit more incognito. Sure, it still sticks out a bit, but it blends into the familiar curves of the technology we’re used to seeing on people’s faces. If Glass owners have the device integrated into their eyeglasses, they might also be more likely to wear them all day long. “It changes the psychology of Glass,” Lee said. “I get a lot less attention in public.” Google is also now offering three options for sunglass shades that can be twisted onto Glass (it already had one). But there are two limitations of the new frames that seem like more than a small annoyance. First, it might be more than a little inconvenient to have to charge your eyeglasses when they run out of batteries. Lee’s response: Glass lasts much longer than it used to — a full day if you don’t use too much video. And second, the sunglasses can’t be layered on top of the eyeglass frames. If you attach frames to your Glass, you’d have to use a screwdriver to take them off, so it will be hard to switch between sunglasses and regular glasses. Lee’s response: If that’s important to them, people can get prescription lenses that adapt to daylight. Google isn’t the only company making a device with a face-mounted display. Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a competitor as soon as this fall, according to a report this week in the Korea Times. http://recode.net/2014/01/27/google-glass-now-works-with-actual-glasses
  8. A new report from the Korea Times cites unnamed Samsung officials who claim the company is presently developing a competitor to Google's Glass — tentatively named Galaxy Glass — which could make its debut at the IFA trade show in Berlin this September. One of the officials is quoted as saying that "wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets." The tone of this disclosure is very similar to what Samsung had to say before the unveiling of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which was the company's big novelty at last year's IFA. The goal for the Korean giant is evidently to establish a first-mover advantage in the wearable sector, disregarding how profitable those early efforts may be. The Korea Times article goes on to say that the Galaxy Glass accessory would connect to a smartphone and let you handle calls and listen to music, duplicating the Gear's companion functionality. That also evokes the so-called sports glasses that Samsung won a patent for in Korea last year, suggesting that Google's most successful Android partner is indeed preparing to more directly compete with the Mountain View team. Source
  9. By Darren Murph on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM I’ve been fortunate enough to use Google Glass in some form or another for months now, but just recently procured a pair of my own. Wired’s Mat Honan penned my favorite Glass review, and his words so similarly mirror my own overarching viewpoint that I’ll simply redirect you there if you’re looking to spend a hefty chunk of time reading. For the purposes of this article, however, I’m going to focus on brevity. I’ve just recently returned from a week at CES, where I used Glass during some portion of each day there, and I’ve reached a point where I feel comfortable opining on the unit’s strengths, its shortcomings, and my hopes for its future. What Google Glass is awesome at: •Turn-by-turn navigation. This is Glass’ current “killer app.” Flashing photos and email cards in front of someone using Glass for the first time is cool, but dial up a map of a nearby street corner and you’ll almost certainly hear a positive adjective uttered by the wearer. •Being sunglasses. I ordered the Charcoal color a bid to be as understated as possible, and that decision proved doubly great once I realized that it shipped with a tinted sunglass add-on. Rocking these as sunglasses in the desert proved to weird people out much less than when using them sans shades. •Enabling spontaneous captures. I was boarding a relatively small aircraft a week ago, and the sun flare striking the plane’s body was perfect as I approached the boarding door. Thanks to Glass, I tapped the camera capture button and secured that moment. In the middle of nowhere in Nevada, three donkeys decided to wander out and cross the street that I was driving on; due to having Glass on, I captured a memorable 10 second video of the weirdness. It’s the little things, you know? •Notifications. When it’s synced up properly, hearing a gentle “ding” to signify an incoming notification is quite useful. You can choose to look up at it immediately, or just wait. We need more notification customization options, but the crux of it is ace. •Being a Bluetooth headset. I’ll never wear a conventional Bluetooth headset, but I loved having phone conversations on Glass. The only downside here is that it doesn’t get loud enough — in airports and on noisy roads, you’ll struggle to hear the person on the other end. •Being comfortable. Amazingly, Glass is super light, and you barely notice them on your cranium. Every person who tried my set on commented on how much more comfortable they were than they had anticipated. What Google Glass is not awesome at: •Organization. There’s no (current) way to dismiss notification cards permanently. There’s no way for users to customize the order of their cards. You can’t change the “home screen.” There is essentially no flexibility whatsoever in the user interface, which at least means that Google has a huge opportunity for improvement. •Being used while playing sport. Try running with Glass and taking a photo mid-stride. You can’t. Google is aware of the issue, however, and will hopefully remedy this in a future software update. •Lasting longer than four hours. Seriously, the battery life on Glass is abysmal. It gives me all sorts of anxiety to use Glass for more than two hours without being near a charger. •Capturing great images. The camera sensor in the Glass headset is fairly poor. It’s at least three or four generations behind whatever is in the top-end iPhone, which — like it or not — is going to remain the benchmark that Google will absolutely need to match. •Collapsing. Astonisinghly, you can’t fold Glass’ side bars in as you can with bona fide glasses, so they take up a comical amount of space in one’s backpack. •Being useful in sunlight. Shocker — projector-based displays are awful outside — but you really need something of a solid backdrop, and to be indoors, to really see what’s going on on Glass’ module. •Being comfortable long-term. I have the same issue with watches, but most “normal” humans won’t have an issue wearing a watch for their waking hours. Wearing something on your face for 12+ hours is going to take some getting used to. (Yes, those who’ve worn glasses for years won’t have much issue adjusting.) •Maintaining a connection. Not a day went by where Glass didn’t disconnect from my iPhone’s Bluetooth signal at least once. You’ll need Bluetooth for using Glass as a headset, but you’ll also tether Glass to receive data — it often requires a full power down + power on to reconnect fully, which is annoying (and unacceptable for mainstream users). •Transcribing the human voice. So, so much of Glass’ utility revolves around the headset’s ability to ingest and transcribe the spoken word. Quick email replies, Twitter messages, etc. The harsh reality is that it’s simply poor. It frequently gets words wrong, even if I make myself look like an idiot in public by speaking slowly and deliberately to a glass cube above my eye. When swipes and vocal cords are the only input choices, they have to be flawless. The latter is still heavily flawed. Nothing will make you swear off wearables faster than this. If Glass borks up even a couple of spoken emails, I’ll bet you that the majority of mainstream consumers will say: “You know what, typing on my phone is more private, less embarrassing, and more accurate. Screw Glass.” What I hope Google Glass gains before it’s widely available to consumers: •True phone connectivity. I need to be able to capture a photo with Glass and instantly import than into Snapseed (a Google product, no less) on my phone for further editing and sharing. Period. •Easier settings. It’s stupidly difficult to connect Glass to a Wi-Fi network. Seriously, it’s a 3-4 minute process, and it usually involves the scanning of a QR code. Just… no. •A better display. The resolution is too low, viewing angles are poor, and it barely works in sunlight. That’s a recipe for mass rejection if it’s not resolved. •A relocated micro-USB port. The charging port is directly beneath the power button, which caused me to inadvertently turn Glass off while trying to shove a power cable in. •Collapsible arms. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. •Some amount of ruggedness. Glass is ideal for adventuring, hiking, etc. It needs to be able to resist a bit of water and take small beatings. •Support for all apps. The ecosystem has to grow tremendously, or — like Pebble — it should simply tap into a phone’s existing notification system. Being able to receive Gmail notifications, but not Mail notifications, is frustrating. •A better battery. This needs to be an all-day device, at least. •Speed. The menu transitions are too slow, and in general, the user interface needs to be snappier. Sorry, but if your product isn’t as snappy as the latest iPad or iPhone, people aren’t going to use it. The bar has been set, and continues to be reset on a yearly basis. •Functionality. The list of things that Glass can do is painfully short, and nearly every trick it can play can also be played on a smartwatch. Google has to take better advantage of the form factor here. Funnily enough, I never had any strange stares while wearing Glass in airports, in Las Vegas, in ghost towns in California, and at a resort in Mexico. I think Glass has been on CNN enough at this point that most humans understand what’s going on. I firmly believe that society is well on their way to accepting face worn wearables — that’s not going to be Google’s primary challenge. The challenge is going to be price and functionality. As we saw with 3D HDTVs, you have to have a killer — killer — pitch to convince a customer to strap something onto their face. And, it’ll need to be priced like a smartwatch. If an eventual iWatch hits at $349, Glass will need to be immediately, obviously, and unarguably superior in the functionality department to stand a chance. Google’s biggest issue with Glass today is that I have no good answer to why anyone should buy one. I prefer a watch for raw notifications and I prefer my phone for input. I also prefer traveling with as few things as possible, so the company still has some persuading as to why Glass should make the carry-on cut. The upside, however, is that the potential for Glass far exceeds its present state. Much like the original iOS — the one that shipped without an App Store — Glass could be morphed into a game-changing device for the masses. I’m also completely in love with Google’s investment on the Glass Guide side of things; there’s an entire stable of Glass professionals who are scouring message boards for complaints and suggestions, which gives me hope that they’re working tirelessly to make sure that the consumer edition of Glass is impossible to resist. For the sake of a wilder, crazier future, join me in hoping so. http://bgr.com/2014/01/21/google-glass-review
  10. By David Murphy January 19, 2014 02:13pm EST If you're expecting to get an up close and personal look at what taking an elbow or a basketball to the face might feel like for your average NBA player, we have some disappointing news for you. The recent revelations that the Sacramento Kings are planning to use Google Glass during one of their games is a wee bit of a misnomer. Yes, some Kings players will don Google Glass and use technology from CrowdOptic to broadcast exactly what they're seeing as part of the NBA game experience to the Jumbotron of the Sleep Train Arena, as well as those viewing on smartphones or televisions. Also included in the broadcasting mix are the game's announcers, the Kings' mascot, and the team's dancers to name a few extra participants. However, if you're expecting to watch passes, blocks, and picks from the perspective of the players themselves, you're a bit mistaken. While you'll probably be able to see the game from the perspective of others watching it, the players themselves are likely not going to be wearing Google Glass during the game itself. The move is similar to an earlier CrowdOptic-partnered event at Stanford University, which had various sideline members at a Stanford Football home game donning Google Glass including members of the Stanford Band. However, those expecting to see a Google Glass-wearing linebacker run over an opponent were likely a bit let down. Glass allowed the company to provide viewers with a closer-than-nosebleeds experience to the action, but only so far. The January 24 game that pits the Kings against the Indiana Pacers will mark the start of the Kings' adventures in Glass broadcasting. CrowdOptic executives see this as the start of a new trend, especially given the higher-level discussions that they've had with NBA executives about licensing rights for Glass-created content. "The investment is for the long-term, and it's the very first footage anyone has so close to the game," said CrowdOptic's Jim Kovach, head of business development, in an interview with ABC News. "There really is a strong interest in building this out." The Sacramento Kings have already released a trailer of what the Glass experience might look like, which we've embedded below. Watching some of the warm-ups from a player's vantage makes us wish that the NBA would roll the technology out for the annual All-Star Game, at least. We'd love to watch the three-point shootout from the perspective of the person trying to frantically make the shots... and just imagine the slam dunk contest! http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2429701,00.asp
  11. By Lucy Battersby and Julia Medew January 19, 2014 AEST Sheila French using Google Glass to connect with a lactation consultant via Google Hangouts. Photo: Angela Wylie New mothers struggling with breastfeeding may soon have the latest technology at their disposal to get expert help at any time of day. The Melbourne office of an innovation company called Small World is about to conduct a Google Glass trial with the Australian Breastfeeding Association that will effectively allow their telephone counsellors to see through the eyes of mothers while they breastfeed at home. The company is looking for 10 Victorian women expecting to give birth in February who want to trial the high-tech glasses for six to eight weeks to receive breastfeeding coaching. During that time, participants would receive training through their glasses on the fundamentals of breastfeeding. The gadget will display prompts, allowing mothers to keep their hands free to nurse their baby. If they need further help, they can video call at any time an ABA breastfeeding consultant who will be able to see, through their Google glasses, a live stream of their baby attaching and feeding. Nicole Bridges, a spokeswoman for the ABA, said the group decided to participate in the trial because they felt the technology could overcome some of the barriers women face in getting useful advice when they need it most. She said although most Australian women started breastfeeding infants soon after birth, many decided to stop about six to 12 weeks because of difficulties. In many cases, this stemmed from women leaving hospital before their milk came in, leaving them insufficiently advised about how to prevent and overcome problems. Ms Bridges said that while most women had access to maternal and child health nurse visits and could call the ABA breastfeeding hotline for advice, sometimes they struggled to get the right assistance at the right time from someone who could actually see what was happening. "Most breastfeeding management issues can be solved over the phone, but some women really need to see someone who can look at them and their baby,'' she said. The company has 10 pairs of Google glasses thanks to personal connections between its San Francisco-based chief Kathy Phelan and Google. Each pair weighs about 50 grams, has 16 gigabytes of memory, and bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. The built-in five megapixel camera can capture video and still images. Small World's user experience designer, Kim Jensen, said volunteers and the ABA counsellor would use a Google Hangout account for live stream, which would not be recorded or stored anywhere and was encrypted to prevent anyone apart from the ABA counsellor watching or listening to the conversation. New mother Sheila French, who tested the technology with her three-week-old baby Amelia during the week, said she thought it had great potential. ''For some users, especially those in remote locations or without a support network close by, it may be their only access to maternal health advice,'' she said. Register your interest for the trial: www.smallworldsocial.com http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/breastfeeding-mothers-get-help-from-google-glass-and-small-world-20140118-311s3.html
  12. Earlier today, San Diego court commissioner John Blair found there was no evidence supporting the claim that the device was operating at the time of the traffic stop. In addition, Blair dismissed the speeding citation since an expert wasn’t available to testify if the patrolman’s speed detector was properly calibrated prior to the stop. Speaking about the win after the court session, Abadie said “I believe we have to start experimenting with devices like this. As a hands-free device, it is safer than a cell phone.” Interestingly, the ruling does provide a bit of a instructional loophole for Google Glass owners. As long as a driver turns off Google Glass prior to a police officer walking up to the driver’s side window of the vehicle, there’s no way to prove that Google Glass was operating during the drive. The ruling could also help encourage more development of integrated driving applications, perhaps designed by the car manufacturer to display data such as current speed or turn-by-turn directions. That being said, California lawmakers could simply outlaw use of Google Glass while driving and make the device illegal to wear when behind the wheel. Legislators in Illinois, Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia have already considered similar legislation that would make wearing Google Glass illegal while operating a motor vehicle. Source
  13. 16 January 2014 Last updated at 14:53 GMT Cecilia Abadie was an early adopter of Google Glass wearable technology A woman issued a traffic ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass is set to appear in a San Diego, California, court. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over and given a ticket for speeding and wearing the smart spectacles while driving on 30 October. She pleaded not guilty to breaking a California law barring motorists from watching TV while driving. The case may influence future laws regarding wearable technology. "It's a big responsibility for me and also for the judge who is going to interpret a very old law compared with how fast technology is changing," Ms Abadie told the Associated Press news agency. She was one of an estimated 30,000 people initially selected to try the device before it becomes widely available this year. Device 'turned off' In October Ms Abadie was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for driving 80mph (128km/h) in a 65mph zone on Interstate 15 in San Diego. The officer observed Ms Abadie wearing Google Glass and cited her for using a visible "monitor", a charge typically issued to people driving while watching a television screen. The device includes eyeglass frames equipped with a camera and small display controlled by voice command. Ms Abadie has argued the device was not turned on when she was pulled over. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25764674
  14. Robert Scoble January 12, 2014 | UPDATED 13:33 IST Google Glass is doomed. Why do I say that? There are a number of reasons but more on that in a bit. First, let me explain what have I learned in my eight months of wearing Glass: Google Glass -- Nearly everyone wants to try it. Google is brilliant. They got us to pay $1,500 (plus tax) to be its PR agent. It's gotten to the point where even I don't want to wear them around. At one conference a few people in a bathroom wanted to try them on. I figure I've shared my Glass with 500-1,000 people. -- Mathew Honan, Wired magazine contributor, says people called him an asshole for wearing his. I never have had that happen. Instead, what happens is usually closer to this encounter I had in the street with three high school girls. -- All of our angst is because of a prototype. One that still doesn't have a good API and doesn't really have much utility (I expect that Google will have a LOT to say when it introduces the final product in 2014). Things like battery life, and even design, or lack thereof, are going to change. -- Price is gonna matter a LOT. But I'm hearing they won't be able to get under $500 in 2014, so that means it's doomed. In 2014. When they get under $300 and have another revision or two? That's when the market really will show up. 2016, I say. -- The camera isn't that scary. Once you have them. Lots of people are afraid I'm recording them. Then I show them how it works. Then they smile and forget I have them on. -- The really scary thing? The eye sensor. There's a reason why Larry Page didn't answer my question at last year's Google IO: that thing can probably tell whether you are drunk or sober (think about THAT tonight). It also can probably tell you when you are checking out someone you shouldn't be (wait until the wife gets an alert about THAT). Of course Google will use it to tell what brands you are checking out at the grocery store (coupon alert) or when you are shopping in a shopping mall. -- Do I still love mine? Yeah, I do, but I am frustrated with the speed at which Google has iterated on these. I am hopeful that Google is just holding back a ton of goodness for launch but it should have had an app store, a real API that allows full sensor and phone integration, and a plan for helping developers build real businesses on these by now. I'm also worried at a new trend: I rarely see Google employees wearing theirs anymore. Most say "I just don't like advertising that I work for Google." I understand that. Quite a few people assume I work for Google when they see me with mine. I just hope it doesn't mean that Google's average employee won't support it. That is really what killed the tablet PC efforts inside Microsoft until Apple forced them to react due to popularity of iPad. But, really, let's get back to the headline. I think Google Glass is doomed. In 2014. Why? 1. Expectations are too high. These are on our faces and are the most controversial product of my lifetime (and that's saying something). Everyone will compare sales of Google Glass to Apple's iWatch. That is going to bring a raft of "Google Glass isn't popular" kinds of articles. Translation: Glass is doomed. 2. These are too hard to buy and acquire. They need to be custom fitted and, because they have a new user interface, users need a bit of training on how to use them. This is what will keep the price high, not the cost of making the things. If you need to spend an hour or two with a Google employee in a Best Buy just to get them working, that raises the cost and will keep these from being a high-sales item. At least in 2014. 3. Not enough apps. Enough said. That will start getting fixed after a few months of release, but early users are gonna continually ask "where's the Uber app?" Or "where's the Foursquare app?" Or "why does the Facebook app suck?" Truth is, while there are many developers excited by Glass, there are many others who look at this and see no market and a very small one that will show up in 2014. So most "pro" developers are taking a wait-and-see approach. Google hasn't helped that by not showing off a store and by making weird rules against advertising without explaining what will be allowed. 4. The current UI can't handle lots of apps. If apps do show up by some miracle how many can you really fit into the small format of Glass? Not many. This thing is gonna break if I tried to put the 300 apps on my MotoX or iPhone onto it. Why? You simply won't scroll through hundreds of apps. Your arm will get tired. And if you add too many it'll decrease voice recognition quality. "OK Glass, take a picture," now, did you just mean to use the Path app? The Facebook app? The instagram app? The SnapChat app? The SmugMug app? 5. Battery life. Right now I want to use Glass for journalism. It works pretty well for that, if you watch my Sarah Francis video I filmed on Glass. But when doing video the battery only lasts 45 minutes AND it gets very hot. I expect that will get fixed, right now video is being compressed in software. I bet that when they release the public version it will be done in hardware. But, what is real-world battery use like? Already Google has had to ratchet back a bunch of features it wanted to include, like automatic uploads of photos. It now only does that when plugged in and on wifi. 6. Photo workflow sucks. Let's say I shot a bunch of photos on my Glass. Can I see them on my iPhone? No. Not immediately. I have to plug it in and be on wifi for that to happen. Can I share from Glass? Yeah, but how do I leave a description? Use my voice, right? But the problem is that isn't very accurate and doesn't work at all in noisy places like rock concerts, which is probably where you mostly want to use Glass. Google needs to make it much easier to push images over to my phone in real time and then let me upload photos and videos from there. Why? I can edit on my phone much nicer than trying to pick out good images on Glass (and try to do something like crop or change image to black and white before uploading -- you'll soon discover there are thousands of limitations to Glass' camera that your iPhone doesn't have). 7. Facebook is our main addiction and I can't do it in Glass. Sorry Google, but Google+ still isn't used by my family, friends, or those I speak with. At one recent conference I asked who isn't on Facebook and only one hand went up. Google+ isn't nearly as ubiquitous or as nice, truth be told, particularly for mobile users. This lack of Facebook support is the #1 thing that pisses me off about Glass. Do you really think Zuckerberg is gonna put his best developers on Glass? Hell no. 8. No contextual filtering. When I'm standing on stage, why does Glass give me Tweets? Why can't it recognize that I'm at a conference at least and show me only tweets about that conference? Hashtag style. But it can't because Google's contextual OS isn't done and probably won't be done until 2015. Google Glass desperately needs those contextual signals to know when to show you appropriate stuff. Skiing? Only show me stuff about the mountain I'm on. In a meeting? Do something like Mind Meld does (show me stuff about what we're talking about). Shopping? Show me coupons and todo lists. But today Google Glass is pretty stupid, context wise, and makes the experience of using it suck in a lot of ways. 9. Developers are being held back. There isn't any distribution system for apps or Glass experiences. That will get fixed, I'm sure, but right now if a developer wants me to test out a cool app they almost always need physical access to my Glass. That isn't a good way to get lots of people trying/debugging/hyping up apps. 10. The Gruber problem. I'm referring to John Gruber, tech blogger. He just doesn't like the idea of Glass, even if Apple were to bring out one. I think I figured this one out after talking to hundreds of people. Most are disappointed in themselves and their lack of ability to put their phones down. They fear that if they were to go with Glass they would just totally lose themselves to their mobile addictions. They are right to be scared of that. If Glass actually worked the way I'm dreaming of I would be even more addicted to our online world than I am today. People are scared of losing their humanness. What makes them human. I get questions all the time about whether the Internet will decide everything in life for us and what that means. Personally after having them on for eight months I'm actually less scared of that than I was when first putting them on. Why? With Glass at least I'm looking at the real world more than when I'm using my phone. But it is a real fear and something Google will have to take on. That all said, I'm still wearing mine. See you next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. I'll have mine on, even if Chris Voss takes me to a strip club. Oh, wait, maybe not. :-) So, what would I do if I were Google? Reset expectations. Say "this is really a product for 2020 that we're gonna build with you." First release is in 2014, but let's be honest, if it's $600 and dorky looking, it'll be doomed -- as long as expectations are so high. By 2020 I'm quite convinced this will be a big deal and there will be lots of competitors by then. So, if you make it about 2020, then it isn't doomed. If it's about beating the Apple iWatch in 2014? Yes, totally doomed. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/10-reasons-why-google-glass-is-doomed/1/335779.html
  15. Google Glass is one product that could have changed our perspective on the pace of technological innovation in 2013. Sadly, what some hoped would happen in 2013 (namely, the retail launch of Glass), was postponed to 2014. Will Google Glass be a success now, in 2014? Robert Scoble, one of the first to try Glass, jokingly talking about himself as a Glasshole, said that despite still wearing Google’s wearable on a daily basis, he still considers it a future technology. The biggest reason? Price. Scoble has his sources within Google and says the company - sadly - will not be able to go below the $500 price. A full retail price of $600 is what’s more likely to happen for Glass in 2014. Will Google be able to quickly drop it to the $300 Scoble hopes to see in 2016? It’s hard to tell, but we can imagine $600 being a bit too steep for most people indeed. Despite all the negativism surrounding Glass and the pre-emptive bans on using the wearable that have been blown way out of proportion, Scoble says that in his eight months with Glass the reaction he was met with was one - excitement. Having shared his Google Glass with 500 to 1000 curious people (in his own words), Scoble reports that Glass has met a hugely positive feedback and even those who fear about their privacy were quickly convinced to tone down their worries. There is clearly a way for improvement. Google is missing the apps and is not as quick with Glass software iterations as some would have liked. The eye sensor seems like a scarily accurate tool, and speculation is rampant about what it can actually do. We are looking forward to Google telling us, something it has not done yet. Source
  16. Google Glass may still be a pipe dream for most people, but the Internet giant is already planning ahead by tying down a partner to produce prescription lenses for its smart eyewear. Google first confirmed its plans for prescription lenses back in March, but as Slash Gear notes, Venture Glass’s Tim Moore has revealed a tie-up with Rochester Optical, which will produce “custom prescription, fashion, and sport lenses for Google Glass”, with a view towards making these available to buy in early 2014. A separate press release also reveals that Moore will be hooking up with the optical firm’s marketing and technology teams, contributing to the R&D for wearables, as well as providing digital support for marketing. Original Article
  17. Google Glass has been a revolutionary product in many ways, but with certain limitations. The high price point has yet kept it out of general consumer reach, but aside from that, another major contributor to this was the fact that developers didn’t really have a lot of options to expand the capabilities of the new hardware. In fact, all that they had access to was the standard Android SDK for testing and playing, which was far insufficient. Now, starting November 19, Google is hosting a hackathon where the Glassware Development Kit (GDK) will be made available to developers, as outlined in an invite sent out by Google for developers. The invite highlights that the event will be held in San Francisco, and will open new horizons for Google’s eyewear hardware. The GDK is significantly different from the Android SDK, as it equips developers to be able to develop apps specifically for Google Glass and make full use of both the hardware, and the accompanying Android OS. The new development kit will enable offline software and hardware access, alongside providing means to manipulate the eyewear’s hardware features to develop a better and new generation of apps. The hackathon being held in San Francisco will run for two days, giving an early preview to notable developers of the capabilities of the new development kit. Later this month, the GDK will be made generally available, although no specifics have been outline so far. Google has also not provided any details on the further possibilities that the new kit will bring at this point, so we’ll have to wait for the actual event the availability of the GDK to find out what else is in store. What’s interesting to note is that the event comes at a time when Google is aiming to bring its Glass product to a larger audience, and we think the timings couldn’t have been better. source: redmondpie
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    Google is offering a preview of the refreshed Glass hardware that it plans to release to its Explorer program later this year. The company announced on Monday that testers will be able to swap to the new hardware, which has a mono earbud and will support prescription frames and shades. Explorers now have the option to invite three friends, so make sure to be extra nice to them if you want to get your hands on a pair in the coming weeks. source: tnw
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