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Forrester: Google Glass will be the next iPhone

Forrester: Google Glass will be the next iPhone | Web of Things | Scoop.it
"Glass is continuously improving via over-the-air updates and new applications, and we have no doubt that in time, Glass will be the next iPhone," the Forrester study says.

 

"Roughly 21.6 million Americans would buy Google Glass if it were available, a new Forrester report says. But the current Explorer version is more of a Newton — Apple’s flawed and failed PDA — than an iPhone.
That’s 12 percent of the adult population.


In fact, despite the current prototype model’s limited battery life and restrictive API, Glass is more of a “when” than an “if” product, according to the survey of more than 4,600 U.S. adults.

 

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The easy access to location-based info in full AR is applauded.
Also, bone conduction is said to provide great audio quality, "without disrupting others who are nearby."

 

John Koetsier from VentureBeat contrasts Noam Chomsky’s belief that Glass is a privacy-destroying, Orwellian technology (http://youtu.be/rz1AImQ5jqA), with Forrester's view, "that Glass is not a good covert-surveillance camera — it’s too obvious, and its battery life is too limited."

 

I recall previously curated privacy concerns:
The efforts to ban ... http://goo.gl/IktYb (G+)
The pleas for policies ... http://goo.gl/GV9vW (G+)

 

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When augmented reality hits the Internet of Things (Wired UK)

When augmented reality hits the Internet of Things  (Wired UK) | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Wired.co.uk examines how augmented reality and The Internet of Things -- both hotly tipped computing trends -- could impact each other in the coming years

Where they intersect could be an engrossing area -- with the visual and location-based aspect of augmented reality providing a real-time, real-place interface for the data being pumped out by objects. We’d be able to see not just whether a bus is behind a building but how many people are on it, whether it’s on time, where people are sitting on the bus, what the name of driver is and well, any other information you decided to put out there.

Currently AR is interesting, yes, but slightly random and patchy. With AR plus the Internet of Things, he could check out different temperatures in different parts of a building, track any given object or person and see or hear what was going on behind walls -- provided the right chips and sensors were in place.

It will allow us to engage much more deeply with what’s around us. Scanning down a street we could see which restaurants are full, which have seats, which shops have that game/coat we want in stock or where our friends are. Other applications for this engaging technology are likely to be games, or maybe training exercises because it’s engrossing and fast-moving.

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The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming

The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming | Web of Things | Scoop.it

You've heard that Google is working on computerized glasses. They're called Google Glass, and developers can already buy them. It turns out Microsoft is working on something similar. It filed some patents on the project. There's a big difference between what Microsoft is working on and Google Glass, though. The most recent word out of Google is that Google Glass isn't going to use "augmented reality" – where data and illustrations overlay the actual world around you.

 


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curiousjohn's comment, November 26, 2012 7:12 PM
Didn't know Microsoft was working on glasses. huh.
The Asymptotic Leap's comment, November 27, 2012 12:32 PM
curiousjohn: Take a look at the new post about Vuzix.
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Intro to Interactive Newsprint

An introduction to the Interactive Newsprint Project, which is examining new forms of journalism using printed electronics.


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Lots of people are trying to bridge the divide between paper and the internet. Some efforts include augmented-reality playthings that enliven pages and QR codes that introduce hyperlinks to print, while many expect e-readers will evolve in to flexible, hi-res, connected digital “paper.”


But what if the printed word could become digital today? That’s what a project called Interactive Newsprint is promising.


An eight-year-old Cambridge, UK, company called Novalia, working with the Universities of Central Lancashire, Dundee and Surrey, is deploying its electronics-enabled paper concept toward newspapers.


A demo edition of Johnston Press’ Lancashire Evening Post includes printed “buttons” that, when pressed, play audio readings of stories; plus Facebook likes, story ratings and votes. (...)


“Being able to place the paper in the middle of the internet of things opens up a whole new ballpark of the ways that we can tell stories and collect data — who’s holding the paper, how are they interacting?”


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Apple files patent for Google Glass competitor

Apple files patent for Google Glass competitor | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Apple's 2009 patent involves "movie glasses" that would be used to view content streamed from an iPod or other media device.


But over time (and no doubt influenced by Google's Project Glass) the movie glasses have evolved into the current filing for a headset that places a retina-quality heads-up display over one eye.
However, the helmet is still a mystery.

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Oakley eyes augmented reality kit

Oakley eyes augmented reality kit | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Augmented reality glasses targeted at athletes are being researched by glasses maker Oakley, the firm's boss confirms.

 

Augmented reality glasses targeted at athletes and other sportsmen and women are being developed by Oakley.

 

The business's chief executive told Bloomberg that the firm had been working on the project for 15 years and had filed about 600 related patents.


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Goggleless augmented reality

Goggleless augmented reality | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"The Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (MERL) has combined RFID, photo sensors and portable projectors to make a goggle free augmented reality system. Ok, this time in plain english... it's a flash light that shows you information about whatever the light is shining on. Currently being demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2004, it's intended use is for inventory tracking, but the possibilities are pretty far reaching."

 

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The real breakthrough of Google Glass: controlling the internet of things

The real breakthrough of Google Glass: controlling the internet of things | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Many of the first apps for Google Glass will be about consuming and sharing content on the go. But what if Google Glass could unlock control over the world of the Internet of Things both inside and outside the home?

 

"Picture arriving home from work, and the door of your house automatically unlocks to let you in as you walk up to it. Inside, your NPR app comes on the glasses screen and you can tune in or change the channel while you fiddle with turning on the connected sprinkler system for your lawn. Your Nest thermostat app then pops up on your Google Glass screen to let you know that you’ve been good this week and saved a lot of energy, but with a wink you override the conservation mode and crank up the heat.

 

The scenario isn’t as crazy as it sounds and all the basic technology is there. There are mobile apps that already do all of these things. Essentially you’d just be moving the control function from the cell phone touch screen and your fingertips to the screen in front of your eye and either a facial gesture or hand movement. All devices in the home that would benefit from having connectivity and control are getting it, and there will be a variety of remotes that will control them — why not one on your face?"

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Apple Is Quietly Working To Destroy The iPhone

Apple Is Quietly Working To Destroy The iPhone | Web of Things | Scoop.it

During Business Insider's Ignition Conference last week, top Apple analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray talked about Apple's tendency to cannibalize its own businesses and predicted that it would continue to do so.


He speculated that Apple is working on consumer robotics, wearable computers, 3D printing, consumable computers, and automated technology. (...)


Here's the other reason it's safe to assume Apple is quietly working on the destruction of its most massive business, the iPhone.
Just like Google and Microsoft, Apple is working on computerized glasses.


Computerized glasses, are, at the moment, the technology that is most likely to bring the smartphone era to an end.


They fit into an obvious pattern, where computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning. (...)


In the patent filing, Apple calls the gadget a "head-mounted display" or "HMD."


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Digits Hand Tracker: Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves

Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming. Please find the video with more technical details here


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Augmented reality comes to contact lenses

Augmented reality comes to contact lenses | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Innovega is developing a contact lens called the iOptik lens that will provide the crucial step necessary to perceive an augmented, superimposed 3-D virtual reality.

 

It can also enhance your vision as you’re seeing normal reality. Using nanotechnology, the contact lenses allow users to perceive both reality and information provided by the Internet or another source.

 

The military is already exploring the use of these lenses, which could enable the distribution of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle intelligence in real time to soldiers in the field.

 

For civilian uses, the augmented view could allow for web surfing on the go. Innovega is particularly excited about 3D video gaming and is already laying the groundwork for that avenue. Everyone from tourists exploring a new city to drivers navigating a new route could benefit from augmented-reality lenses.

 

http://innovega-inc.com/http://innovega-inc.com/


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New Sunglasses Let You See Another's Emotions...Really - Forbes

New Sunglasses Let You See Another's Emotions...Really - Forbes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Image courtesy of 2AI Labs 

One day soon, you may be standing next to someone wearing sunglasses at a bus stop and notice that they are staring at you, really staring. Look closely at the glasses and you might find a logo with the name “O2Amp”, and if you do, you’ll know that person is trying to “see” your emotions.


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Build your strategy around the future

Build your strategy around the future | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Technology will ride to the rescue (well, sort of). Faith in technology can easily bleed into science fiction. But in 2012, the "internet of things", the "quantified self", and "augmented reality" will ensure that we have the information we need to achieve massive reductions of our footprint as individuals and institutions. And increased visibility into the sustainability attributes of everyday products will benefit companies that take this seriously, and leave others behind."

 

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Aurasma's AR iPhone app to turn everyday objects into multimedia triggers

Aurasma's AR iPhone app to turn everyday objects into multimedia triggers | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"We've seen augmented reality done what seems like a million different ways, but we've never seen it quite like this. The New York Times reported Wednesday on a forthcoming iPhone app called Aurasma that has the power to turn ink-and-paper publications into interactive mine fields. Aurasma, conceived by enterprise software firm Autonomy, uses a scaled down version of the outfit's IDOL pattern recognizer to identify images stored in a vast database, and then converts those images into related video."

 

See the video on Engadget. 

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