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Google is closer than ever to having all the pieces for a wearables comeback, from a Pixel Watch to Glass 2.0. Here's how it could play out. (GOOG, GOOGL)

This week, Google announced it is acquiring North, the Canadian startup behind the Focals smart glasses. You might have missed it: Qualcomm also just announced a new chip that will power the next generation of Google's wearables. The pieces are in place for Google to get serious about wearable hardware – but it still needs to clinch the Fitbit deal. It's not guaranteed to succeed. Antitrust regulators are concerned that the Fitbit merger could harm the market.  Visit Business Insider's homepag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Trends, Intel, Google Glass, North, Fitbit, Qualcomm, Niantic, Apple Facebook, Business Insider Google, Furthermore Google, Focals, Moor Insights and Strategy, Pixel Watch to Glass


Google's possible North acquisition could help revive its AR glasses ambitions

This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. Alphabet is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring AR smart glasses maker North in a deal worth around $180 million, according to Business Insider. North had been working toward launching...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Google Glass, North, Apple Facebook Amazon, Focals, Connectivity Tech, Insider Intelligence Connectivity Tech Briefing


Alphabet May Be Buying Smart Glasses Startup North, But Don't Expect New Google Glasses Any Time Soon

Tough times seem to keep rolling for makers of augmented reality glasses. North, the Canadian startup behind the consumer-focused Focals by North smart glasses, is in the final stages of a $180 million sale to Alphabet, according to a Globe and Mail scoop. Read more...
Tags: Science, Google Glass, Ar, Augmented Reality, North, Smart Glasses, Alphabet, Don, I Would Not Bet On Consumer Smart Glasses, Focals By North


Apple Glass may be coming soon. Here’s everything we know

Curious about the latest AR glasses? We discuss their design, how they may function, and what they could cost.
Tags: Apple, Wearables, Trends, Google Glass, Ar, Augmented Reality, Apple Glass


Jon Prosser Claims Apple is Working on 'Steve Jobs Heritage Edition' AR Glasses, Gurman Calls Rumor 'Complete Fiction'

Apple is working on a limited-edition version of its augmented reality smart glasses that's designed to look like the round, frameless glasses that Steve Jobs was famous for wearing, according to Jon Prosser. Prosser, who runs YouTube show Front Page Tech and who has been sharing a flood of Apple rumors in recent weeks, mentioned the detail in Cult of Mac's latest Cultcast podcast. Prosser says that the "Steve Jobs Heritage" edition version of the "Apple Glass" smart glasses that Apple is wo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, Steve Jobs, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Google Glass, Apple Watch, Mark Gurman, Wayfarers, Prosser, AR/VR, Heritage Edition, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Jon Prosser, Prosser Apple


The coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t legitimize permanent surveillance after the crisis

In Shoshana Zuboff’s 2019 book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, she recalls the response to the launch of Google Glass in 2012. Zuboff describes public horror, as well as loud protestations from privacy advocates who were deeply concerned that the product’s undetectable recording of people and places threatened to eliminate “a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy and/or anonymity.” Zuboff describes the product: Google Glass combined computation, communication, photography, GPS tracking,...
Tags: Startups, Privacy, Tech, Google Glass, Shoshana Zuboff, Syndication, Zuboff, Coronavirus


AR therapy for kids on autism spectrum may be headed for FDA approval

Google Glass technology repurposed to help children
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Google Glass, Fda, Augmented Reality, Emerging Tech


Securing Smartwatches and Other Wearable Tech

The increase in popularity of smartwatches and other wearable devices looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This is exemplified by the fact that the market is expected to be worth over $56.8 billion by 2025. However, this increase in popularity is accompanied by security concerns and challenges in relation to mobile device security for both manufacturers and end users. For those individuals who may not be familiar with the technology, smartwatches are portable wearable device...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Usa, Sales, Tech, Google Glass, Philips, Huawei, Samsung LG, Richard Dabate


The stars align for AR to go mainstream

“I do think that a significant portion of the population of developed countries, and eventually all countries, will have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you.” —Tim Cook, Apple CEO One of the top reasons startups fail is timing. No matter how brilliant the team, idea and technology are, get the timing wrong and the chances of success are slim. With Augmented and Virtual Reality, it feels like the right timing is always two ye...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Trends, Nike, Tim Cook, Google Glass, HoloLens, Benedict Evans, Niantic, Luxotica, Disney Amazon, Remagine Ventures, State of Technology


Google’s Glass dreams live on with the arrival of enterprise hardware

Google Glass was ahead of its time. That’s not to say that the people who wore it out in public didn’t look like giant dorks, of course, but in hindsight it seems safe to say that the world just wasn’t ready for wearable augmented reality. The phenomenon has, however, seen a resurgence among enterprise applications, courtesy of companies like Epson and Microsoft. Google’s ready to ride that wave. In May, the company announced the arrival of the second version of its Enterprise Edition of Gla...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Google Glass, Augmented Reality, Lucas, Epson, Microsoft Google, Glass Enterprise


Google makes it easier to buy the latest version of Glass

Google Glass may have been one of the biggest flops of the decade as a consumer product, but the project lives on in specialized applications for business and enterprise markets. But even then, it was a bit of a hassle to buy one, as you had to go through one of Google’s solution providers. Now the company has made the AR gadget available through a handful of hardware resellers, making it easy for businesses, developers, or any interested party to get their hands on a pair without jumping throug...
Tags: Google, Startups, Google Glass, Plugged


Samsung and Microsoft's Working-Class Smartphone Coming to the U.S. for $499

Samsung and Microsoft are joining together to bring an ingenious new idea to the workplace. Are you ready to have your mind blown? Get this: walkie talkies.Read more...
Tags: Science, Enterprise, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphones, Google Glass


A look back at 10 years of CES

So, here we are on the eve of CES 2020 — the supersized buffet of an annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where we not only get a sneak peek of what to expect from tech companies this year, but also to take the pulse of how people are responding to what’s out there. CES is all about “the future,” and we’ll be here this week covering all the big stories and themes. But what about the past? In the spirit of 2020 hindsight, here are some of the most notable headlines and trends of last 10...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, China, Nokia, US, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Ford


5 failed tech predictions for the 2010s that didn't work out (TSLA, GOOG, FB)

After the advent of iPhones and other innovations in the new millennium, the 2010s started with promise of technological progress. Some predictions, like increased tech surveillance and a few companies dominating the internet, have proven true. Others, like the promise of AR, autonomous vehicles, and AI, have made progress, but not changed the world as radically as many predicted that they would. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Making predictions about tech is a tough game...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Google Glass, Libra, House Financial Services Committee, Ross Dawson, Instead Google Glass, Futurist Gerd Leonhard


The Galaxy Fold and Google Glass show how our attitudes to new tech have changed

The reception to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Google Glass show how our attitude to expensive, innovative new tech has changed over the past years, and the impact it has on new products.
Tags: Mobile, Wearables, Samsung, Trends, Features, Google Glass, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Galaxy Fold and Google Glass show how our attitudes toward new tech have changed

The reception to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Google Glass show how our attitude to expensive, innovative new tech has changed over the past years, and the impact it has on new products.
Tags: Google, Mobile, Wearables, Samsung, Trends, Features, Google Glass, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold


How Science Fiction Ruined Smart Glasses

When you picture a pair of smart glasses, chances are you’re envisioning something slick. Perhaps, a stylish pair of aviators that with either a discreet tap or voice command, will immediately pull up an array of information based on whatever you’re looking at. In any case, you probably imagine someone like James Bond…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science Fiction, Science, Google Glass, James Bond, Hud, Ar, Smart Glasses, Heads Up Display, The Quest


Artificial Intelligence and Science Fiction: A Swapped Reality

As the world continues to progress, almost anything is possible: good or bad. It’s interesting how, in the grand scheme of things, the excitement for the autumn season is no longer about reeling in seasonal beverage and cozy sweaters. Instead, these things are overshadowed by the craze for new technology releases. The fact of the matter is: Technology is a common interest. The appeal for new tech has been bringing us together for generations. That includes fictional technology we fantasize about...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Star Trek, Artificial Intelligence, Google Glass, Ai, Lifehacks, Roomba, Person Of Interest, Rosie, Jetson, Doc, Moley, Garry Kasparov, Marius


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Gamified beer, wearable tech bandages, a unique concept home and more Rendered Versions of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Spanish architect David Romero turned to 3D-rendering software to finish some of the 600+ documented ideas Frank Lloyd Wright left behind. While many of his projects reached the ideation stage during his lifetime, the ones left unbuilt are just as remarkable—even though most of them are …
Tags: Japan, Design, Beer, Wearable Tech, Furniture, Architecture, Google Glass, Tokyo, Qr Codes, Frank Lloyd Wright, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Design Week, Clerkenwell Design Week, Electrodermis, Concept Homes


The Third Generation of Google’s Glass Eyewear

Primarily aimed at tech-oriented businesses, the newest iteration of Google’s Glass eyewear—the Glass Enterprise Edition 2—runs on Android, is faster, more powerful and has a longer battery life. Further, developers can create “Glass-friendly” apps that run more seamlessly on the wearable and owners can use a USB-C port to charge more quickly. Most pertinent for those working in warehouses or factories, the Enterprise Edition 2 …
Tags: Google, Wearables, Glasses, Design, Tech, Glass, Google Glass, Augmented Reality, Wearable Technology, Linkaboutit, Enterprise Edition 2


Digital Trends Live: Google’s new Glass, Impossible Sausage, and more

On Tuesday's episode of DT Live, we discuss Google’s new version of Glass, the Impossible Sausage debuts at Little Caesar’s, the post office’s self-driving truck trials, Stanford’s new robot dog, and more. The post Digital Trends Live: Google’s new Glass, Impossible Sausage, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Wearables, Stanford, Cars, Trends, Google Glass, Emerging Tech, Little Caesar, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live, Impossible Sausage


Daily News Roundup: T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Inches Closer to Approval

T-Mobile and Sprint have been talking about getting together and making 5G babies since April of last year, and with a preliminary nod from the FCC, it looks like the pair might be getting closer to approval for the merger. FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave his approval for the merger after T-Mobile made significant promises for the growth of 5G in a post-merger world. He claims this will create a “unique opportunity to speed up the deployment of 5G throughout the United States and bring much faster m...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Facebook, Fcc, US, America, Bloomberg, Pandora, United States, Sprint, Facebook Messenger, Usps, Google Glass, Sony, Department Of Justice, Gizmodo


Google’s new $999 augmented reality smartglasses are ready for business

Google unveiled Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, a new version of its business-focused augmented reality wearable. The company's smartglasses ship with a faster processor, an updated camera, and safety frames from Smith Optics. The post Google’s new $999 augmented reality smartglasses are ready for business appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, Wearables, News, Trends, Google Glass, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Google Glass Enterprise Edition, Smith Optics, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2


Google Glass Gets a Fresh Update With More Powerful Guts—Still Look Dorky as Hell

Almost two years ago, Google parent Alphabet reminded the world that Google Glass wasn’t dead—it just wasn’t for regular consumers. Rebranding Google Glass as an enterprise tool for blue-collar factory workers and doctors was a savvy move that breathed new life into the smart glasses. Today, Alphabet is building on…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Google Glass, Smart Glasses


Glass graduates from Alphabet’s X as it scores new hardware update

Google’s head-worn smart display, Google Glass, is finally ready to move the tassel. After defining the company’s far-flung connected dreams when it was first announced in 2013, the enterprise-refocused headset is graduating from the X moonshot factory with a new hardware update that aims to make it more approachable for companies. After a soft consumer tease that was buzz-worthy if not laughably pre-mature, Google Glass Enterprise Edition was announced two years ago and the dedicated group h...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Google Glass, Augmented Reality


Glass graduates from Google X as it scores new hardware update

Google’s head-worn smart display, Google Glass, in finally ready to move the tassel. After defining the company’s far-flung connected dreams when it was first announced in 2013, the enterprise-refocused headset is graduating from the X moonshot factory with a new hardware update that aims to make it more approachable for companies. After a soft consumer tease that was buzz-worthy if not laughably pre-mature, Google Glass Enterprise Edition was announced two years ago and the dedicated group h...
Tags: Google, Tech, Google Glass, Augmented Reality


AR will mean dystopia if we don’t act today

Matt Miesnieks Contributor Matt Miesnieks is a partner at Super Ventures. More posts by this contributor Why the YouTube of AR won’t be YouTube The product design challenges of AR on smartphones The martial arts actor Jet Li turned down a role in the Matrix and has been invisible on our screens because he does not want his fighting moves 3D-captured and owned by someone else. Soon everyone will be wearing 3D-capable cameras to supp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Column, Europe, W3c, China, Tech, Mozilla, Tim Cook, Google Glass, Augmented Reality, Jet Li, Central Park, Napster, Eula


From humping turtles to Larry Page's pancakes: 31 of the most bizarre Google+ posts by Google execs that we'll miss the most (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google began deleting user accounts from its Google+ social network this week.  Among the accounts that got deleted were those of Google's own executives.  In addition to providing important records about company history, the lost Google+ accounts were a rich trove of information about the people running Google; sometimes silly and whimsical, other times eerily foreboding. Business Insider took screenshots of some of the best posts by Google execs to ensure that they wouldn't be lost to time. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Google Glass, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Moscone Center, Brin


I Was Ready to Dunk on the Bose Frames... But I Actually Like Them?

Smartglasses have a bad rep—you can thank the glassholes for that. To this day, most people still can’t help but think of the first iteration of Google Glass when anyone brings up the topic of smart eyewear. That also means people start thinking about being recorded against their will, dorky design, and absurd prices…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Google Glass, Bose, Smart Glasses, Bose Frames Review, Augemented Reality


Google's Inbox by Gmail service is about to shut down for good. Here are 19 other Google products that bombed, died, or disappeared. (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google has dozens of popular hardware and software products. But there are many Google innovations that have crashed and burned, or slowly petered out over time, like Google Glass and Google+. Here are the 19 Google products that have disappeared for good. Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold. Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And reme...
Tags: Google, Trends, Google Glass, Ogden, Google Google, US Google Answers, Google Lively Google, Larry Page Answers, Cody Ogden