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Google Glass

 

Google Glass is still a Beta product but Google is looking to releasing it into the markets by Early 2015. For a start, Google set up its very first retail display for "Glass" during The Player's Championship, a PGA golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo below)

 

Glass Retail


This time, its not an online website order but a full retail display was built and the Google reps involved said that sales were much better than expected. And to get the golfers in the crowd interested in the wearable, Google tossed in a camera that connects to a golf club, allowing golfers to analyze their swing in real-time!!

 

Glass Box

 

Google said that this was an example of its previous desire to test new ways to sell the Explorer program. And as Google tell us through a post on Google+, it nearly sold out the entire stock of Glass set aside for the April 15th event.


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Glass

 

Google Glass is one of the most exciting, yet at the same time polarizing and controversial, projects by Google. Glass, a wearable heads-up display with built-in camera, processor and touch area, is not yet sold to the general public, but a select few developers can opt in Google's Explorers program to try it.

 

Google Glass is not free it costs about $1500 to those early adopters and testers. What they might not be very happy to learn is that Glass is actually extremely cheap to make. The bill of materials for Google's wearable is estimated at just $80 by Teardown.com, which took it apart and looked for the price of each part and added costs for putting it together.

 

teardown Glass

 

Interestingly, the prism that acts as a display is said to cost just $5! Last year, another publication, China Post, suggested Glass could cost as little as $30 to make, but in either case, it's clear that Google's wearable is not all that expensive to make.

 

Moreover, a Google spokesperson has now denied all these estimates, calling them "absolutely wrong." However, the spokesperson did not provide any further clarifications or details.

 

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Google Glass KitKat


It's a little bit late but, Google has just released KitKat 4.4 Update to Google Glass. The New update brings Performance improvements in the Glass functions and better Battery life.


In this update Google also added a feature called "Photo Bundles", which groups your photos together in bundles, which makes scrolling through a large group of them easier. You can now also send photos in Hangouts conversations, send feedback by tapping the device info card in Settings and voice commands are now sorted by recency and frequency to make the most used ones easier to access.

 

Google Glass KitKat


Beside the newly added features, Google removed the video calls feature from Glass after reports showed that the quality was not up to the mark and that fewer than 10% of of Glass users use video calls. Glass Video calls will be back when the manage to improve the experience.


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Google Glass

 

Today, Google announced on its Google+ page that Google Glass Explorer Edition will go on sale for ONE Day Only, Tuesday April,15th for a price of $1500, the Glass requires a Google account to work.


Currently, Only those who are living in the US can purchase a pair of Google Glass with any frame they like. As for the other geeks outside the US, Google said that the product isn't ready yet for global release/marketing

 

Google Glass 3

 

Also, The Google Glass team has released a promo video showing what's it like to use explorer from the perspective of their early Explorers, you can watch it below.


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google smart contact lens glass

 


In 2014, Google Glass is the top of Wearable technology device but Google want to go beyond just a Smart Glasses.... to Smart Contact Lens. A new patent from Google indicates that the company is working a similar project. Patent Bolt reports on a Google application to the USPTO for "multi-sensor contact lenses," intended primarily as a method for blinking input or input augmentation for wearable devices, or just electronics in general.

 

smart lens

 

The basic idea is that a number of sensors embedded into a contact lens could be used to detect blinks with incredible accuracy. The technology to track eyes and blinks already exists, but it's been focused almost exclusively on external cameras. The patent application describes a light sensor, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, and conductivity and electric field sensors, all combined with a control circuit and power source embedded outside the user's physical field of vision.

 

smart

 

This isn't a "smart" device in the traditional sense there would be no serious computation going on inside the lens itself but the sensors could give extremely precise readings on the number and duration of blinks. One of the explicit uses of the sensor is to detect changes in light reception to accurately infer a blink.

 

google smart lens


The patent application was filed in late 2012, which would have been in the latter part of development cycle for the initial release of Google Glass. A few of the more practical parts of the idea are left abstract, particularly the power supply; Google describes various method of power including solar, thermal, or radio frequency power. Let's hope we see this Smart Lens this year as an accessory for Google Glass or part of Google Glass 2.

 

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