If you pay attention to the tech world, you’ve likely noticed a proliferation of geeks donning a new device called Google Glass. This Glass is the latest in the category of what’s known as wearable computers, and it allows the owner to take photos, videos, request directions and surf the Web. The unique thing about the Glass is that they are completely hands free. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with one of the original Glass owners, tech blogger, Robert Scoble. Scoble is in the process of writing a book titled, Age of Context, with the thesis that not only is technology becoming pervasive but it is also becoming intuitive. This latter concept takes Scoble and his co-author, Shel Israel, down the path of the role that Bluetooth enabled-toothbrushes, self-driving cars and wearable computers like Google Glass will have on our lives. During our conversation, Robert and I both agreed that there was some “there” there with the Glass. However, not … [Read more...] about (Google) Glass Half Full?
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Google’s 2012 I/O developer’s conference is underway, with the keynote beginning while thousands of attendees were still trying to get into the hall. Welcome to our live coverage of today’s announcements. Feel free to refresh for updates. Hugo Barra, Android Says there are now 400 million activated Android devices, up from 100 million at IO 2011. One million devices are activated every day. Significant growth in developing countries. Announces new OS update: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Dave Burke, Engineeering Director Announces “Project Butter” – improvements to all applications on the operating system. Hugo Barra speaking again Text input improved. Keyboard learns intelligently over time — a predictive keyboard that guesses what you’re going to type. Also accepts offline voice input. Announces new features to Android Beam – tap phones together to share photo with another user. Notifications: can return calls directly from … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2012: Nexus 7 Tablet Announced, Google Glasses Demo’d In Amazing Style
First, those getting Google Glass within the Explorer group are those who signed up at Google I/O last year. They have been notified one by one, typically in order of their Glass number, to pick up the Glass at one of Google’s offices, typically in Mountain View or New York City. Another group of Explorers are those who were selected through the #ifihadglass contest. That group hasn’t been included in this first round of distribution. Who has picked up Google Glass? Some of the more popular names include Tim O’Reilly and Robert Scoble. But there are dozens of early adopters who have already picked them up that are not internet celebrities like Tim and Robert. How do I know who picked them up? There is a Google+ community for Glass Explorers where people are sharing pictures from when they picked up Glass, how they’ve been using it and what their impressions are of it. For the more animated and detailed feedback on Google Glass, I would see Scoble on Google+, he … [Read more...] about Who To Watch: The Google Glass Edition
Are you among the few out there with Google Glass? Now you’ve got better pictures — and the ability to add a caption – on the way. Google Glass just posted about the new features via its Google + page, saying about the photo software: Today we’re releasing new software for the camera on Glass. It captures a rapid sequence of shots behind the scenes every time you press the camera button which, when combined, gives you a better picture than what you would get with a single shot. So, what does this new software mean for your pictures? Two things: you no longer have to be afraid of the dark; it’ll detect low light situations and automatically capture a brighter, sharper picture. It’ll also automatically take HDR pictures in bright scenes. Best of all, this software works even in tough situations where there are moving subjects. As for captioning, Google said: Now, when sharing a photo, you’ll see a message inviting you to add a caption. When you … [Read more...] about Google Glass Gains Upgraded Photo Software With HDR, Captioning
Chad announced this on his Google+ page, sharing how to install the app on your Google Glass and sharing screen shots of what it reports on. The Glass AdSense App will show you pageviews, clicks, click-through-rate and earnings for today, yesterday, last seven days, last thirty days, this month and last month. You can refresh the stats as often as you like, and of course, you’d need to “pin” the card to your timeline so that you can access it. Here is an animated GIF of the “cards” shown in your Google Glass AdSense App: Next up for Chad? A domain registration app, with a whois feature. Related Entries Google Play Store Website Gets Redesign With Bigger Thumbnails & More White Space Project Glass Officially Becomes Google Glass, Says Consumer Launch “Many Months” Away Google Glass Adds Voice Commands, Basic Web Browser Fancy Brings E-Commerce To Google Glass Google Glass Bans Porn Apps: Makes Colbert’s Wag Of The Finger Google … [Read more...] about Google Glass App Brings AdSense Reporting To Your Eye