Last month, after Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and then followed the introduction of the gold iPhone 5S with its own gold Galaxy S4, I started drafting a list of projects that I'd like to see the gargantuan Korean conglomerate take a stab at. The idea was that since Samsung seems to quickly follow other companies under its own moniker, perhaps I should point them in the direction of a few totally original products that I'd actually like to see made. … Read more
The last time I picked out new eyeglasses, I spent about an hour trying out different pairs in the store. Of course I had to drive there, find and pay for parking, and get soaked in the rain.
I would have much rather used Smart Vision, an Australian technology that can create an augmented-reality 3D model of a face from a 2D image.
It can show you what you look like when trying on many different pairs of glasses or sunglasses, and you won't even have to leave home. … Read more
Just a few days ago, I casually polled other people at CNET for their predictions on what Samsung could make next. The Korean company seems willing and able to make anything that anyone else can think of -- be it a gold smartphone, a smartwatch, or a flexible phone. The first response I got was that Samsung could come out with a cheap knockoff of Google Glass.
Well, guess what new Samsung product is now rumored to be coming out next spring?
Eldar Murtazin, a blogger, analyst, and sometimes leaker, issued this tweet late Sunday that declared the coming of a Korean version of Google's augmented-reality eyewear: … Read more
About a year ago, Kickstarter project Memoto hoped to raise $50,000 toward the development of a small, wearable camera that would automatically snap photos throughout your day, the idea being to "lifelog" your experiences in searchable, shareable records.
The campaign raised $550,000.
Unfortunately, the estimated delivery period -- February 2013 -- came and went, and went, and went. But early backers are finally going to receive their cameras: the newly christened Narrative Clip (so named because of a conflict with the Memoto moniker) is scheduled to ship November 1.… Read more
"Excuse me. I just wanted to ask: did you know I was taking a picture of you with my watch?"
This is what I asked a barista at a coffee shop near work, because, moments before, that's exactly what I did. Wearing a black-and-steel Samsung Galaxy Gear on my wrist, I made a few swipes and taps on the screen that captured my subject as he was making me coffee.
"No, but I heard the sound of a camera phone snapping."
He was referring to the beep-and-snap sound effect that comes through quite loudly on … Read more
I'm excited to launch an all-new show that you'll only be able to find right here on CNET called "Googlicious." It's everything going on inside, around, and about the world of Google.
Android fans? We got you. Google Glass Explorers? There's something to see here. YouTube trolls? We always take care of you.
"Googlicious" will cover the latest news, rumors, tips, tricks, and how-tos and big Google events and announcements. Plus, you can count on a few wacky signature segments like "My First...with Google Glass" and many, many more.… Read more
Apple has scored a patent for the large round glass structure that leads customers down to its retail store in Shanghai.
Awarded Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark office, the patent known as "Glass building panel and building made therefrom" describes the unique design of the cylinder. The structure is made of huge glass panels united by metal joints. But to achieve the cylindrical design, the glass panels had to be manipulated to curve precisely into the right shape.
The structure itself also had to be strong enough to support itself and the stream of customers going … Read more
Prepare yourself, Glass owners and aficionados, for what's supposed to be the biggest Google Glass Explorer Edition update to date.
The expected XE10 update, sometime in early to mid-October, will bring third-party app support to the Glass platform, if reports are accurate. Geek.com is reporting that the update will support Glass apps, called Glassware; custom voice commands that can be initiated from the "OK Glass" menu; and developer access to Glass' motion-tracking sensors.
The report also states that developers are being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements with Google and are being given space at the company'… Read more
Intel on Thursday disclosed a "significant" investment in Google Glass rival Recon Instruments, the latest in a spate of announcements related to wearable computing.
The investment will help fund Recon's product development, marketing and global sales expansion, the Canadian company said in a statement.
Recon will also "benefit from Intel Capital's expertise in manufacturing, operations and technology," according to the company.
"In Recon Instruments, we see compelling technology and a solid strategy to capitalize on the wearable revolution," Mike Bell, general manager of New Devices Group at Intel, said in a statement. … Read more