Google Glass getting iPhone SMS alerts and agenda view later this week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2014

If you’re among early adopters who dropped $1,500 for a Google Glass when Google for a single day opened up its Glass Explorer program to everyone, you’ll be delighted to learn that your pricey smart googles will soon be able to display notifications for incoming iPhone text messages in your field of vision.

In addition, a new Calendar card will also launch later this week, allowing you to interact with calendar items on your timeline.

Google’s recently upgraded its Glass software to Android KitKat, allowing them to “bring you faster updates” so these upcoming goodies are part of the new rapid development and roll-out process… Read More

 

You’ll be able to buy a Google Glass headset tomorrow; will you?

By Jake Smith on Apr 14, 2014

Google will hold a one day sale on Tuesday, April 15, for anyone who wants to pick up the Explorer edition of Google Glass, the wearable headset that can take photos, beam apps into your eye, and more.

Until now, Google has limited the sale of Google Glass to customers who received an invitation from another Explorer or directly from Google, but starting Tuesday at 6am for 18 year old US customers, it’s your chance to finally check out what’s going on with this wearable hype. To buy a pair, you must go to the Google Glass website, but don’t think they’ll come for free…

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Rumor: Samsung to beat Google to smart glasses punch with September reveal of Galaxy Glass

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2014

The Korea Times is reporting that the South Korean conglomerate Samsung is readying its own Google Glass-like eyewear, with an unnamed Samsung official stating that the tentatively named ‘Galaxy Glass’ device will debut at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany this September.

Sony is also working on a smart glasses model of its own, by the way.

Samsung already sells the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and we previously reported that a brand new lineup of Galaxy Band health/fitness wearable devices is in the pipeline as well. Google currently sells the Explorer Edition of Glass to testers and developers in the United States for $1,500.

The search giant said that a consumer version would be available some time in 2014 for “significantly less” than the Explorer Edition, but the company wouldn’t commit to a specific pricing or release date… Read More

 

MyGlass app for iOS is available again on App Store, texting isn’t supported

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013

Google’s official Glass app for iOS, MyGlass, launched in the App Store on Tuesday only to be pulled a few hours later as it “spilled the beans” too soon. The search giant promised to bring back the app later this week and it’s now available for download.

Labeled with version 0.3, the 15.2MB download requires iOS 7 and allows you to configure and manage your pricey $1,500 Glass eyewear from the palm of your hand.

The companion application can be used to set up Glass, get directions on the go, screencast anything you see on Glass to your iPhone, add third-party Glassware applications, contacts and more… Read More

 

Google pulls Glass iOS app because it ‘spilled the beans’ too soon

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013

Google’s official $1,500 Glass eyewear companion app for the iPhone, MyGlass, has been removed from the App Store shortly after it was released. But hold your horses, this particular app removal has nothing to do with Apple – the Internet giant itself asked the iPhone maker to pull the software because it got posted prematurely to begin with.

The app has “spilled the beans” too soon, Google said, confirming that the MyGlass app will re-surface on the App Store later this week.

Google has also released XE12, the latest Google Glass OS update that adds new apps from The Wall Street Journal and Weather Alerts, including the Upload to YouTube and Hangouts features… Read More

 

Google Glass companion app ‘MyGlass’ launches in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2013

Good news for Google Glass owners in Apple’s ecosystem this morning. Google has launched MyGlass, its official companion app for its $1,500 computerized glasses, for iOS that will allow you to configure and manage them from your iPhone.

Use the application to set up Glass, get directions on the go, screencast whatever you see on Glass to your iPhone’s display, and add Glassware and contacts. It looks like you can do everything in the iOS version that you can on Android… Read More

 

iPod Godfather says Apple built Google Glass style eyewear prototypes

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013

Tony Fadell, the brains behind the popular Nest thermostat, used to work at Apple where he’d helped engineer the iPod music player, earning him a nickname of the iPod Godfather. He also led the development of the first eighteen iterations of the original iPhone. In a recent interview, the famous engineer revealed that Apple in the past had experimented with the idea of a virtual reality headset and has actually built a few prototypes of a Google Glass-style device.

“The craziest thing we talked about was something like Google glass,” says former Senior VP of iPod division… Read More

 

Siri pans Google Glass

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2013

Once again, Apple has tweaked its digital personal assistant Siri to give the “right” answers when asked about a competitor’s product.

This time around, Apple has re-calibrated her to give amusing responses to the “Okay Glass” prompt Google Glass owners use to issue commands to their Android-driven eyewear.

Though playful, Siri’s responses disparage Google Glass, with one response calling Google’s head-worn accessory “half empty” and telling users they’ve “got the wrong assistant”. We have all the responses and a nice video right after the break… Read More

 

Foxconn showcases its own smartwatch ahead of Apple’s iWatch

By Ed Sutherland on Jun 27, 2013

Could Apple’s largest contract manufacturer also become a competitor? Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, unveiled a smartwatch that connects to your iPhone, displaying phone calls and Facebook messages. The news comes as the Taiwan-based assembler of iPhones seeks ways to diversify income as the  industry undergoes some uncertain times.

The watch, unveiled by Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou Wednesday, appears to compete against the iWatch, a rumored device that Apple may introduce. Despite not being an actual iWatch, Foxconn reportedly received 1,000 orders for its product… Read More

 

‘PostOffice’ forwards all iOS notifications to Google Glass

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2013

Adam Bell, the iOS developer behind jailbreak tweaks like Stride and the Facebook Chat Head enabling MessageBox, is back at it again. He just released PostOffice — a new jailbreak tweak that allows Google Glass users to forward all of their iOS notifications directly to Google Glass.

Unfortunately, I don’t own Google Glass, so it’s impossible for me to personally test out exactly how the tweak functions. At any rate, take a look inside for a screenshot of the tweak’s settings. Read More

 

Here comes the Google Glass photographer

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2013

Although I haven’t yet convinced iDB’s own Sebastien Page to buy me a Google Glass, I’m a big fan of the Internet giant’s augmented-reality eyewear. But just like the majority of respondents in our non-scientific poll, I too would rather wear Apple’s rumored iWatch over Google’s wearable gizmo.

The biggest problem with Glass, as I see it, is social rather than technical. With that in mind, here’s something you could be seeing real soon: the Google Glass photographer.

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New hack enables support for iOS push notifications in Google Glass

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2013

You knew this was coming. Well-known developer Adam Bell has figured out a way to route push notifications from iOS through Google Glass. By design, the pricey accessory—which is only currently available to devs—doesn’t communicate with Apple’s mobile OS.

Bell, known for jailbreak tweaks like Stride and Blackout, is working on a hack that will allow Glass users to receive all app push notifications from their jailbroken iOS devices. It’s not quite finished yet, but he’s just posted a demo video showing the mod in action… Read More

 

Google readying iPhone navigation and SMS support for Glass eyewear

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2013

Google’s Glass project, the head-turning augmented reality-enabled glasses that run apps, continues to get largely positive reviews across the board. The pricey $1,500 eyewear currently requires a companion Glass app running on an Android handset in order to present information, such as upcoming meetings and missed calls, rendered as a futuristic overlay in front of your field of vision.

According to a new report, the Internet giant is working on a simplified system that will allow Glass to work with any iPhone or other mobile device, over Bluetooth, and use your smartphone for turn-by-turn navigation and text messages… Read More

 

Corporate coach alludes to Apple’s next breakthrough: wearable

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2013

Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Intuit board, has been a member of Apple’s board of directors since Steve Jobs’s return in 1997. Simply known as the “coach,” Campbell sat down with the Intuit CEO and dropped a few notable hints regarding Apple’s direction in the post-Jobs Tim Cook era. Although he wouldn’t discuss specifics of Apple’s pipeline, reading between the lines subtly suggests that something incorporating wearable technology might soon become Apple’s latest and greatest creation. We have a vide right past the fold… Read More

 

LG developing own iWatch and Google Glass-like wearable gizmo

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2013

Apple’s unreleased iWatch is already inspiring a bunch of me-too products from big name tech giants (nothing wrong with that, mind you). Bloomberg recently quoted a Samsung executive who went on the record to confirm that his company has been “preparing the watch product for so long.”

Then, the Financial Times newspaper shared knowledge of Google’s Android team working on a smartwatch product to act as an extension to the smartphones using Android.

And now we’re hearing that the South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation better known as LG is also developing its own iWatch contender, in addition to a wearable gadget akin to Google’s Glass eyewear… Read More

 

Comic time: Google Glass vs. Apple iWatch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2013

Joy of Tech last month posted a pretty comical take on the iWatch rumors. My favorite bit: it’s a walkie-talkie with a direct line to Jony Ive’s secret laboratory, Dick Tracy style. Earlier today, they weighed in on the inevitable comparison between the iWatch and Google’s Glass. Putting aside for a moment the fact that one is the real product (Glass) while the other is vaporware (at least for now), both are futuristic wearable computers we’re supposed to wear on us in public. Check out the comic included past the fold and meet us in comments…

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Real-life footage shows what it’s like wearing Google Glass

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2013

With speculation of Apple’s growing interest in wearable computing and a smartwatch-like gadget the company’s reportedly working on, it’s worth remembering Google entered the space in a big way with last year’s astonishing on-stage demonstration of its Android-driven augmented-reality eyewear, Google Glass. One of CEO Larry Page’s moonshot projects, the Glass is still in its infancy, but watchers predict it will become the next big thing in wearable computing.

While only Google developers are allowed to buy the $1,500 sci-fi eyewear, Google is working on mainstreaming the technology in order to get even more people use its services all the time. And in doing so, the search Goliath has released new footage showing what it actually feels wearing the Glass.

In case you were wondering, everything you see has been captured through the Glass… Read More

 

Poll: which would you rather wear, an Apple iWatch or Google’s Glasses

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2013

Silicon Valley giant Google rightfully trusts tech enthusiasts will be falling over themselves to adopt its Android-driven Glasses, going as far to commission a pro to take a series of fashion photographs featuring beautiful, smiling models. Apple, on the other hand (pun intended), is said to be entering the wearable computing space with a smart watch-like gizmo believed to be conceptualized as your most intimate computer yet.

Google’s bet is that advanced augmented reality features are enough to talk people into putting up with the unusual glasses dancing on their nose. And if iWatch talk is for real, then Apple must be thinking its users won’t have a problem wearing a curved-glass watch around their wrist like some Dict Tracy copycat.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle: some folks will readily adopt these wearable devices and others will wave them off as a function over form. Which brings me to today’s poll: if you were forced to choose between the two, which one would you rather wear in public – Google’s Glasses or Apple’s iWatch? Read More

 

Is Apple readying answer to Google’s augmented reality head-mounted display?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2012

Wearable computing is coming your way in a big way and will be here to stay, or so would Google have us believe. You must have seen a spectacular demo of the search giant’s Minority Report-like wearable computer glasses (if not, I urge you to see the clip right after the break).

Google’s strong Project Glass push has given wearable computing lots more credibility, but it might take Apple to mainstream the technology. iShades, anyone? Read More