Google Glass wearers may want to think twice before wearing their high-tech specs behind the wheel, at least in California.
Cecilia Abadie said she was ticketed by a police officer for wearing Google Glass while driving through the sunny West Coast state. The exact line as written on the ticket said: "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)."
Abadie said the actual law tells drivers not to "drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (MP3), or satellite radio information."… Read more
Google has shared images of its updated Glass.
The company on Tuesday posted images of the new Google Glass, featuring a mono earbud and support for prescription glasses. It appears the device has no other hardware upgrades, but Google said it will also be compatible with shades it plans to offer at some point in the future.
The images follow a Google+ post on Monday that announced the upgrade.
Google is offering Explorers who purchased Glass before Monday a one-time option to exchange their current device for the upgraded version. Google didn't say exactly when the new devices will … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- These brilliant wackos are reenacting "Back to the Future" on Twitter.
- How do you prove to someone you just met that you don't have an STD? With an app, of course.
- Lock8: a smart lock to keep your bike from being stolen.
- Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
- San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?.
Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production of a potential smartwatch that would run Android and Google Now, the company's voice-assistant feature that powers Google Glass, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous sources. The report also noted that it was working to reduce the power consumption of the device.
Google's smartwatch would give the company a solid position in the burgeoning wearable technology business. The company already has carved out … Read more
Sources told the FT (subscription required) that Google's upping of production would be "substantial." Still, Google is not planning to sell the device to the general public until next year.
Google's current rollout has been with its Explorers program, which doled out around 10,000 units to developers, celebrities, and contest winners. The goal in the steady rollout is to get more people familiar with … Read more
The world portrayed by Tom Cruise and his slick, glove-manipulated holographic operating system in "Minority Report" has been inching closer to reality for some time now, and as the video below shows, it could come way ahead of schedule and be even cooler than Hollywood's original vision of the future.
Taiwan's nonprofit Industrial Technology Research Institute pointed me to the below demo of its new i-Air Touch (iAT) Technology, which is essentially an augmented-reality system that falls somewhere between the compact specs of Google Glass and the original, bulkier virtual-reality systems of the 1990s. Unlike Google Glass however, it doesn't rely primarily on voice commands. Instead, it projects a virtual touch-based interface in the user's field of vision that appears to float in the air and responds to being "touched." Watch the video below for a better explanation -- a picture is definitely worth a thousand words in this case.… Read more
The mystery surrounding a large structure built on a barge docked in San Francisco bay is deepening. Is it a floating Google data center? A floating Google Glass store? Or something else altogether?
On Friday, I reported exclusively that a company, very likely Google, has set up shop on Treasure Island, located between San Francisco and Oakland, and has been building a large structure made from shipping, or cargo, containers on a barge. Some evidence suggests it might be a floating data center, including the fact that Google itself has a patent for such a concept.
Google has not responded … Read more
Samsung has its sights set on new wearable technology, according to a recent patent filing in Korea.
Samsung has registered a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The eyewear includes earphones that allow people to listen to phone calls or music. According to the Journal, the eyewear shows information on the lenses from the phone. The lenses can be transparent or not, depending on the usage needs.
Samsung's proposed eyewear is somewhat similar to Google Glass, though it appears to be an accessory for a smartphone, rather than a standalone … Read more
It's time to start talking about the iPad 6.
Just kidding. While the iPad rumor mill stops to catch its breath for a second, I'll round up everything we got -- and maybe more importantly, what we didn't get -- at the Apple event on Tuesday.
Also this week, LG filed for some Chrome trademarks, which has me wondering whether we'll see a Chromebook from LG soon, and Microsoft could throw its hat into the smartglasses ring, which I wouldn't really mind.
Thanks for watching!
Editors' note: I mistakenly said that the "new iPad&… Read more