Google Glass might not be welcome everywhere, but I am quite sure that this is not going to slow down the adoption rate of Google Glass anytime soon when it finally becomes easily available over to the masses. In fact, Emotient, a facial expression recognition company has recently announced their very own Sentiment Analysis prototype application for Google Glass, which is being released as a private beta right now to be tested out among select partners and customers. Emotient claims that this particular app is able to detect one’s emotions, which could be employed by retailers want to improve the understanding of customer sentiment, in addition to customer satisfaction. I suppose this is the high tech way of replacing common sense.
When you check-in for your flight, the typical process involves walking up to the person behind the desk, giving them your details, having them pull up your records, and then check-in your luggage if you have any. In some cases the process is fast, but in other cases it can take a while as well, which is why Virgin Atlantic has decided to partner up with IT specialist, SITA, to see if there is anything that can be done in terms of improving efficiency and the travel experience of their passengers by introducing wearable technology. (more…)
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The possibilities are limitless with Google Glass, doctors have demonstrated uses in surgeries and firefighters find it to be useful when up against a fiery blaze. Law enforcement agencies can also find a way to make Google Glass worth their while and that’s reportedly what the New York City Police Department is doing. NYPD’s intelligence and analytics unit is said to be conducting Google Glass beta testing, claims VentureBeat, apparently the unit has received “several pairs” of Google Glass for this purpose.
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Is driving with Google Glass the same as talking on the phone, or texting while driving? While it would seem that the courts dismissed the ticket a woman in California got while driving with Google Glass would have set some kind of legal precedent, it seems that there are still many out there who aren’t enamored by the idea of someone wearing Google Glass while on the road. A new bill introduced by the Wyoming Senator, Floyd Esquibel, aims at banning the use of Google Glass and all other wearable computers during the operation of a vehicle.
According to Esquibel, “Common sense would tell you that you really don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers.” It would also seem that Wyoming is not alone in looking to ban the use of wearable computers while operating a vehicle. States such as Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia have reportedly expressed their interest in a similar ban as well. This kind of resistance is to be expected when introducing new technology as its uses and purpose have yet to be fully fleshed out. Perhaps down the line the ban could be lifted if Google’s self-driving cars ever get commercialized, but in the meantime what do you guys think? Do you agree with this ban?
Is driving while wearing Google Glass the same as driving while using a phone? Apparently the police officer who pulled Cecilia Abadie over last year seemed to think so and gave her a ticket. Naturally she did not think she was in the wrong and pleaded not guilty and has since gone on trial to determine if she was indeed guilty or not. This is a particularly important case because it sets the precedent for future use of wearable devices. We’ve seen some establishments ban the use of Glass on their premises which is fine since it really is up to them, but in a legal context, this would be interesting indeed.
Well the good news for fans and advocates of wearable technology is that Abadie’s ticket has since been dismissed by the courts. The reason behind it is because at the time when she was pulled over and given the ticket, the device was not active, meaning that the violation the police officer cited her for did not apply. Technically that would be true although it still does not answer the question as to what might happen had Glass been active at that time. Based on this reasoning it would seem that the courts would side with the officer had that been the case, but at least for now it is a victory for the wearables industry.
It was in October last year when a certain Cecilia Abadie from California was pulled over and ticketed by the authorities for wearing Google Glass while driving. Having said that, she pled not guilty to this particular charge, and she has been scheduled to appear in a Southern California traffic court. This is certainly an interesting case to look forward to, as it also raises up new questions when it comes to distracted driving. I guess technology entrepreneur Cecilia Abadie happened to be one of the persons to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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What if Google Glass were to tell you one day while you’re having the sniffles, “Wearer, heal thyself!” That would be downright weird, don’t you think so? Having said that, here are some details on how Google Glass has a role to play in the world of modern medical science, as a NRI doctor has successfully performed a surgery in Jaipur, India, with some help from Google Glass. Just how did Google Glass come into play in the operating theater?
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Google Glass, the internet search giant’s much hyped wearable gadget, is expected to go public later this year. Up till now the company has only offered it on an invitation-only basis. A public release is expected around April 2014, but nothing has been confirmed as yet. Analysts believe that the device may go big, some have gone so far as to call it the next iPhone. Apps will define how Google Glass makes itself useful in our daily lives and Hyundai is working on one that’s bound to make life easier for owners of its 2015 Genesis sedan.
Hyundai has announced that a number of its next generation cars will be compatible with Google Glass through an app that will be released alongside the 2015 Genesis. The app will let owners locate their vehicle, start it, lock or unlock its doors and send addresses to the navigation system all through Google Glass. Moreover, it will also push notifications to the headset in order to alert users that maintenance on the vehicle is due. An executive director at Hyundai, Barry Ratzlaff, says that wearable devices are a great way to “extend the experience” outside vehicles and that they allow the company to deliver timely vehicle information straight to the owner. Now wouldn’t it be cool to start a car through Google Glass?
There has been a lot of speculation about Google Glass and when the company is finally going to open it up to the public. The first wave of Glass units were offered for sale to select “Explorers.” Over the past year Google gradually opened up its Explorer program to more and more people. Earlier this week the company allowed Google Play Music All Access subscribers to purchase Glass, a sign that its gearing for a public launch. It is expected that Google Glass might be launched for the public in April 2014, and that it may be priced at $600.
There’s no doubt in the fact that Google can’t charge for Glass what it requires Explorers to pay for their units, $1,500. The average consumer is probably not going to want to pay an exuberant amount for a smart glass, despite the fact that it is probably one of the most hyped wearable device out there. The price of Google’s wearable device has been debated a lot, some believe it is imperative for the company to keep it under $500 if it wants to attract the average consumer. Robert Scoble hears that its more likely for Glass to be priced around $600, what effect that would have on prospective buyers, only time will tell.
Google has confirmed that its much hyped wearable device, Google Glass, will receive prescription lenses. Last year the company released an updated model of its wearable device that supports prescription lenses, but so far Google hasn’t said when its going to launch said lenses. On the other hand Rochester Optical announced last year that it has made prescription lenses for Glass and that it would begin selling them in early 2014. The company is rumored to be releasing its lenses soon and they’re expected to cost as low as $99.
It should be kept in mind that Rochester Optical is not partnering with Google on prescription lenses for Glass. A spokesman for the internet search giant as also reiterated the same, there is no relationship between Google and Rochester Optical at this point in time. The prescription lenses come at a time when Google is slowly opening up its Glass program. Day before yesterday it rolled out invitations to Play Music All Access subscribers, an indicator that its gearing up for a public release later this year. Users who don’t have perfect vision may find it hard to use Glass, given that its display is essentially like a 25 inch high definition display viewed from eight feet away. It is said that Rochester Optical’s prescription lenses will simply clip on Google Glass the way its active shades and clear shield do. No confirmed release date has been rumored as of now.
Unofficial Google Glass Prescription Lenses Expected To Cost $99 original content from Ubergizmo.