March 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google glasses may still be on the fringes of mainstream consciousness. But they are not going to stay there very long. It's one of the longest and most anticipated product rollouts in recent memory (the $1,500 Internet-connected eyewear won't be widely available for months yet). And the product tease is working for Google Glass. Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the product's most famous beta tester, turned the product launch into performance art by introducing the world to Project Glass during a skydiving stunt last year at Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco.
December 4, 2012 |
Google has announced the dates for its 2013 developer conference, where the company typically announces new products and software. Google I/O 2013 is set to take place May 15-17. The Mountain View, Calif., company announced the news on its developer Google+ page , pointing out that the conference is 162 days away. The conference will be returning to San Francisco's Moscone Center West. That was also the headquarters for this year's conference. There, the company announced the Nexus 7 small-sized tablet and the unreleased Nexus Q media device, and also put together a skydiving stunt for Project Glass , the famed Google glasses.
April 5, 2012 |
Google has asked for feedback about its concept-stage augmented-reality specs Project Glass. And the company is getting it. Much of it is admiring; some of it is definitely not. Henry Blodget of Business Times tweeted of the headgear: "Ridiculous toy that shows Google is rapidly becoming Microsoft. " "Has anyone asked Google whether the Project Glass video post-production simply missed a deadline of April 1?" (David Chartier). The Glass eyewear would project info graphics in pop-ups on a small screen a few inches from the wearer's right eye. The gear might incorporate motion-sensing capability, GPS location services, 3G or 4G wireless connections and Google Goggles' augmented-reality software. Or it might not. It's all apparently very much up in the air -- the unveiling of the project Wednesday made it clear that this was an effort to find out what people thought and what they wanted.
April 4, 2012 |
Google 's Project Glass -- the newly unveiled concept headgear that would superimpose graphics on your view of the world -- immediately made me think of Steve Martin's glasses in "The Jerk. " The ones that made him cross-eyed. With the new augmented-reality headgear, cool graphics pop up on a small screen a few inches from your right eye. Would those of us 40 and older have problems refocusing ? Honestly, just thinking about it makes my head hurt. But it's early yet. Perhaps the middle-aged can request built-in progressive lenses -- the virtual suggestion box, after all, is open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1998 |
As the largest housing development in Los Angeles County history moves toward a final vote, an old California problem remains the major unresolved issue: water. Many of those initially opposed to Newhall Land & Farming Co.'s proposed planned community in the Santa Clarita Valley said negotiations have nearly resolved their concerns.
June 28, 2012 |
The Google Play store will now sell movies, TV shows and magazine subscriptions, Google announced Wednesday. This is important news for any Android users but it was overshadowed by other major Google announcements from its Google I/O keynote, especially since the announcement was basically used as a gap filler between the introduction of Jelly Bean and the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet. TV shows and magazine subscriptions are brand new additions to Google Play. Movies were previously available on the digital Google store but they could only be rented.