Google Glass prescription lenses now available

Google has revealed its Titanium Collection of frames for Google Glass, the frames are specifically made for the Augmented Reality headset.

In a blog post the Glass team admitted that “If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass we’d have a lot of nickels.”

With a variation of styles and lenses, from hipster chic to sportswear, you’re bound to find something to like. Google has also played around with the colours of the device, too.

As well as the new frames Google has started to support prescription lenses, as well as looking into users with vision insurance plans. This means that there’s a chance that policies may help cover your new frames. We can guess that the latter will have some pretty specific T’s&C’s though…

Glass has been designed to be integrated with everyday life. Users can take photos and record videos in true first-person, something that was previously restricted to devices like the GoPro Hero 3.

Google Glass also allows users to (completely hands free) access Google services, such as being able to access directions, and Google+ features, like Hangouts and Calendar notifications.

Undoubtedly, this list will grow with the arrival of new software updates resulting in a true Augmented Reality experience that makes Arnie’s Terminator look like a caveman.

Glass Explorers can access Google’s Titanium Collection from tomorrow afternoon. Get yourself to google.com/glass for more info.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/google-glass-prescription-lenses-now-available

 

Wink functionality added to Google Glass

According to Google, winking to take a picture is faster than pressing the existing camera button or the voice action. The feature will also work when theGoogle Glass’ display is turned off.

Google has said that it expected the feature to become one of the most useful on the device. In a blog post announcing the feature, the company said it can see a number of potential uses for the function in the future.

Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay”, Google said.

“You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss”.

Wearable technology is seen as a major growth area in the next 12 months. Analysts have predicted the market could grow by as many as ten times compared to sales of devices this year.

The general sale of Google Glass and the arrival of Apple’s rumoured iWatch are expected to be major contributors to the surge in demand.

Another report from Juniper Research predicts it will grow in value from $1.4 billion (£86 million) this year to $19 billion (£11.9 billion) by 2018. Analysts at bank Credit Suisse have predicted the figure could be as high as $50 billion (£30.5 billion) by the same point.

However, devices like Google Glass have prompted fears from privacy campaigners. Several restaurants have banned the device and there have been instances of people being fined for using the device while driving.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/wink-functionality-added-to-google-glass

Google Glass goes to the dogs

The project called FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations) could allow pooches to bite down on or otherwise activate a sensor which can send information to its handler.

Search engine giant Google is reportedly planning to develop its wearable computing device Google Glass for dogs with occupation.

According to New York Post, Google has teamed up with Georgia Institute of Technology, in order to develop a wearable computer system that could give bomb-sniffing and cadaver dogs an easier way to communicate with their handlers, or even let man see the world through an animal’s eyes.

The project called FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations) could allow pooches to bite down on or otherwise activate a sensor which can send information to its handler.

Google Glass is expected to be released to the mass market next year and its technical lead Thad Starner, has joined professors at the Georgia Institute to develop a computerized harness to assist working dogs.

Associate Professor Melody Jackson said that the dogs being tested for devices which could activate sensors have been found to have quickly got the hang of the sensors, which they activated using their mouths.

Jackson added that the gear is being eyed for everything from the deadly-serious business of bomb detecting or helping the blind to letting owners know when a dog has to go out or when it’s time to be fed, the report added.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/1860612/report-google-glass-goes-to-the-dogs

Privacy Chiefs Quiz Google About Glass Security

Privacy officials from around the globe have penned a letter to Google, asking the search giant to answer questions about the security of Google Glass.

“Google Glass raises significant privacy issues and it is disappointing that Google has not engaged more meaningfully with data protection authorities about this technology. We are urging Google to take part in a real dialogue with us about Google Glass,” Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, said in a statement.

At this point, Google Glass is still a work in progress and has only been made available to a handful of Glass “Explorers” who forked over $1,500 to try out a beta version of the futuristic specs. Google has said that it is still ironing out privacy-related issues, though it has banned porn apps and facial recognition, for now.

Still, Commissioner Stoddart – as well as officials from the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland, Alberta, Quebec, and British Columbia – wrote to Google chief Larry Page with a list of specific questions about how Glass operates.

They want to know whether Glass complies with data protection laws and requested details about privacy safeguards being put in place by Google and Glass app developers. The commissioners also want to know how Google will use any data it might collect, and asked if it has considered the social and ethical issues surrounding Glass as a whole.

The group is apparently not too scared by Glass; they asked Google for a demo of the tech at Stoddart’s office.

“We understand that other companies are developing similar products, but you are a leader in this area, the first to test your product ‘in the wild’ so to speak, and the first to confront the ethical issues that such a product entails,” they wrote. “To date, however, most of the data protection authorities listed below have not been approached by your company to discuss any of these issues in detail.”

In the U.S., members of Congress have also asked Google similar questions about Glass.

Source: www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420679,00.asp/