Google Glasses 2.0 In Sight

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Google Glasses 2.0 In Sight

You guys all remember Google Glasses right?  The augmented reality headset designed to look like regular glasses, but do so much more? Well you might, but you probably didn’t get to know them too well because they flopped pretty hard in 2014. But don’t worry, Google Glasses 2.0 are here and look promising!

2ndTry’s the Charm:

The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is on the market for $999.  Kind of.  It’s not being sold direct to consumers yet, but instead is entering the corporate world. The goal of these glasses is to “meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace” according to a post by Google.  Of course given enough time I’m sure we’ll see them used for fun too!

When Google first released the glasses, they were aimed at the public, but they received a lot of backlash for issues related to privacy.  It also didn’t help the glasses didn’t always work as intended.  Due to the complaints the focus turned towards professional uses such as surgery or factory work.  The business focus is sticking around for 2.0 as Google attempts to nail down a target market before expanding.

The Specs (Get it??):

2.0 actually looks a lot like the original Glass design.  Instead of a full headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Glass actually looks like a simple pair of black thick rimmed glasses.  But it can do quite a bit more than regular spectacles.  It has a new processor, a souped up camera, and a better battery for longer life.

Google says that the new headset incorporates computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities.  Using Lens it can offer features like sign translation or info about restaurants nearby. It runs on Android, so there’s no reason to start moving away from the core topics off app development.  Instead they’ll be incorporated into newer forms of technology like this one.

Putting the Competition in Focus:

Unlike some of the other headsets we’ve seen in recent years, Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 actually looks like a pair of regular glasses.  So regardless of what it can do, that’s already a good step in the right direction.  The less invasive a piece of technology can be the better from a user’s experience. It’s available in a frameless version or with a Smith Optics supplied safety frame (for use in manufacturing type jobs).

Glass is augmented reality focused with this smaller hardware, whereas some other entrants have focused on virtual reality.  Take the Vive headset for example.  It’s a complete headset that wraps around your head and obscures any vision unless it’s turned on.  The end result of course being that you can see into whatever virtual world is created. Glass instead builds on top of the real world.  In this sense it’s more like Magic Leap.  And with strides in ARCore over the past few years the ways it can interact with everyday objects are probably pretty impressive.  It’s important to consider this when thinking of competing forces. There are multiple headsets, but they also don’t necessary completely rule out one another.

What are your thoughts on the new Google glasses?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Magic Leap is Moving into Mobile

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Magic Leap is Moving into Mobile

Augmented reality has been all the rage the past few years.  From headsets to mobile apps we’ve seen it start to infiltrate every piece of technology.  One of the companies behind this infiltration is Magic Leap.  They released their first headset last August after nearly 10 years of development work.  And now it seems their looking to up the ante by bridging the gap between headsets and phones.

Magic Leap’s History:

Magic Leap has been flying under the radar for quite some time now.  Their central product is a head-mounted virtual retina display which superimposes 3D images over real-world objects.  That’s the fancy way of saying AR goggles.  And fancy they are!  The company has raised more than $1.4 billion in investment capital since 2010 and in 2016 was valued at $4.5 billion by Forbes.

So the company has some serious backers, and in 2018 when they released their goggles for the first time they were available only to investors.  I wish I could say I’ve tried them on, but I unfortunately can’t attest to their experience.  CNBC, however, was granted an exclusive trial run of the goggles and the description is quite amazing.

Their tester wrote about how he was able to “place” a tv anywhere in a room to watch an NBA game. What’s more he could also place a 3D rendering of the entire game on the floor and walk around it seeing live gameplay from every angle.  Seriously, just think about this for a second and all the possibilities it holds!

Seeking AR Mobile Developers:

The goggles can already do some pretty sweet things, and when they came out in August they came with a mobile support app.  The main purpose of this was to help users with setup, but it seems now Magic Leap is hoping to go further.  Earlier this month they posted a job description for a senior software engineer with experience in mobile AR.  The description says

“In this role, you will help build a cross-platform framework that enables large scale shared AR experiences between mobile devices (iOS, Android) and Magic Leap devices. Your work will include implementing high-performance, production quality AR and computer vision algorithms, and designing and building the Magic Leap mobile SDK.”

ARKit and ARCore:

It also lists the developer should have experience with ARKit and ARCore, the AR frameworks by Apple and Google respectively.  The company’s CCO spoke on this saying that undoubtedly the whole world will not use Magic Leap’s goggles, but they should all have access to a smaller version of the experience.  Rio Caraeff said “…if there’s a 500 foot tall dragon in Central Park, you know we all want to see the dragon, not just the people with Magic Leap. And so we need an interoperability solution.”

Regardless of if you’re interested in Magic Leap as a company, the simple fact that AR is penetrating every corner of our world is undeniable.  That being said, the sooner you get in on the action the more likely you are to ride the wave up!  What are your thoughts on Magic Leap’s goggles?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

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Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

Android Wear has been updated to Android version 5.0.1 today with some nice to features to boot. Some of the most notable are the recent apps menu and the Silence pull down now also has theater mode, sunlight mode, and settings. This is a nice set of new features. Lastly you also get a chance to cancel the swipe away notification if you swiped it away and didnt mean to. Below you will see and video on these new features on my Moto 360 check it out

Moto 360 Android wear updated to Lollipop 5.0.1 new features

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