The future of blog publishing could be ‘optical’, and we’re not being random. Google Glass users are now blessed with a cool plug-in app that works with the WordPress publishing platform. This offers media organizations and individuals an exclusive means to post their stories, images and video clips online, using only their eyes! Called the wpForGlass plug-in, this exclusive application is developed by Weber Shandwick, a PR agency. It has not been launched by WordPress itself but is making shock-waves in tech news forums and blogs. Given the nature of the work done by the developers of the app, it currently serves the purpose of instantly posting new images or videos of live events, onto blogs or websites.
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Ever since the Google Glass Explorer Edition came out, it has received endless updates to make it user-friendly and get rid of the minor niggles. Google wants to get it absolutely right before it launches the production version and one of its biggest drawbacks that were identified in its early days was its bone conduction transducer. It isn’t loud enough in many conditions such as crowded places. Along with the new simple to use Google Play Music app, Google has released a set of stereo earphones for the eyewear.
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Google Glass might be the wave of the future but to some it’s just a petty annoyance that could be a potential invasion of privacy. Google’s wearable tech has already been banned from establishments like movie theaters, strip clubs and casinos and to David Meinert, the owner of two eateries in Seattle, Washington, this type of tech doesn’t quite cut it. At one of his cafe’s he’s banned the device outright. This created a bit of a stir in the area and became an interesting topic for discussion among the tech community. A recent incident at his second location also made a few people take notice. It seems that a customer wearing the Google Glass was asked by a server as well as the manager to remove the tech or to leave. This obviously did not bode well with the customer who walked out and aired his grievances on Facebook asking for an apology and, worst case scenario, that the server or night manager be sacked. The management seemed to be quite amused but unaffected by the post and have chosen not to do anything.
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The Google Glass GDK (Glass Developer Kit) has been updated and with it comes a whole new set of goodies for the glasses. The app developers are testing five news apps for the wearable technology by the search giant. The new GDK tool kit has opened up new horizons for developers and could make things more exciting for the consumers when the product finally hits the shelves.
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What took them so long, some would wonder. But then it’s better earlier than not to have a Google Glass release that helps users who are bound to prescription glasses. It’s been a long time coming but those who are subjected to wearing glasses will now be able to leverage the advantages of Google Glass 2. The glass will also include a mono ear-bud that will most likely take the place of the bone conduction speaker that’s had its share of discomforts to offer. It goes without saying that audiophiles would not really celebrate the Mono aspect. Google Glass users, a.k.a. Google Explorers, will get three invites to the Glass program so that they can infect up to three accomplices with it. Existing users will have to keep refreshing their email page to make sure that they do not miss out on an update, as and when it comes. The trade-in program is expected to commence by this November.
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Google Glass, meet i-Air, the all new virtual reality styled goggles with a Minority Report type heads up display. So that’s a lot to take in but so is this tech. Developed by a Taiwanese non-profit R&D organization, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), these goggles offer users floating displays that they can interact with using their fingers and various gestures. This technology is being developed for an array of devices, including PCs, wearable computers and mobile devices. The idea is to use this kind of ‘floating-in-air’ display for a variety of profiles like surgeries and other set ups that will allow users to work with hands-free input.
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It goes without saying that a Google Glass update is all it takes to trap your attention. Kind as we are, we do not use it to ambush you into a nonsensical release. What we do have here is indeed an update, one that may bring out the rare common-man benefit from the Google Glass angle. The latest addition allows wearers to view public transit directions on the device in real-time, thus keeping away the prospect of getting lost or astray. The directions offered will include details such as where one should transfer to another bus or train as well as time estimates of how long one may take to reach a destination. This, surely, takes Google Maps and puts it on wearable eyewear. One may argue that the price of the glass automatically proves that it isn’t what a public transport patron would use, but then we did see the mighty Sergey Brin riding the New Your City subway, wearing the device, some time ago. Was he checking this feature out? We will never know, nor do we care, since it’s everyone’s for the taking now.
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Everyone loves to watch a game live at the stadium. Watching our favorite players do their magic right in front of our eyes cannot be substituted. But it gets a little difficult to follow what’s happening on the pitch sometimes. That’s when we really miss our TV at home that broadcast live commentary with scores. A Google Glass app called Blue has a brilliant solution to it.
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How do you make already cool Google Glass even more kick-ass? Give it games! It’s still some time before eyewear will hit the markets but developers tinkering with the explorers’ edition have already started to add some real sweet arsenal to it. Two developers from the US, Daniel Estrada who is a philosophy professor at Illinois State University and Jonathan Lawhead of Columbia University, are developing an Alternate-Reality-Game (ARG) for Google Glass. ARG games can be real fun and Ingress is a fine example for it. The duo has conceptualized the game on ants and their behavior in a swarm. The game will be Mass Multiplayer Online (MMO) and will have open source license.
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Many tech geeks missed the initial chance to own a Google Glass and if they aren’t lucky enough to know somebody who owns one already, they’ll probably have wait even longer. Google has confirmed that they are sending out invitations to become a part of the Explorers’ Group through select few Glass owners. A Google Glass Explorer, Ryan Mott, was one of the first one to receive the invite and he posted a screenshot of the email on his Google+ profile. This is not the first time Google has tried this method, remember even gmail was invite only during its initial days?
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