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Report: Mercedes pondering Google Glass navi

By Brandon Turkus

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Engadget is reporting that Mercedes-Benz might be tinkering with Google Glass for its future navigation systems. The first, big-name wearable tech item of the 21st century, Google Glass has a huge degree of potential in a number of fields, not the least of which is the auto industry.

Citing the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Engadget mentions that Mercedes is focusing on producing genuine, door-to-door directions that combine the pedestrian and automotive applications that Google Maps has become known for. President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Johann Jungwirth, mentioned this seamless integration of directions is the division’s ultimate goal.

The idea is intriguing, but we’re probably going to be waiting on it for some time. Google Glass is still quite expensive and is far from being available at the local Best Buy. Until that day comes, it looks like we’ll just have to make do with going from our car’s navigation to a smartphone.

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Glass Is The New Black: My Experience As A Google Glass Explorer

By Millie Tadewaldt, Contributor

It’s been about a month since I made the ultimate futuristic fashion statement… that is, a month since I picked up my sky blue Google Glass from the Big G’s sprawling headquarters in Silicon Valley.  In my four weeks as a Google Glass Explorer, I’ve given a lot of thought to this innovative new product: how it could influence my work and personal lives, what disruptions it could lead to, and how it might affect society at large once more than a few thousand people get their hands on it. Google Glass is an ambitious device that is still very much still in alpha: the firmware is minimally-featured, battery life is short, and, without wider adoption, availability of apps and collaborative opportunities for use are lacking.  But, if Google can get users past some of these hurdles, there is much promise for Glass to seriously change the way people interact with the digital world (and the physical world, too). To pick up a Glass, we “Explorers” must attend a fitting in one of a few select Google campus locations.  I’m fortunate to live just up the road from Mountain View, so my husband and I hopped on the 101 one Saturday for the quick one hour drive to Google HQ.  My arrival at the designated building had a Willy Wonka-esque vibe to it: friendly, attractive Glass Guides milled about outside and welcomed us with a huge smile and flutes of champagne. I was given a hands-on lesson in using my new Glass, and then a tour around the campus, a perfect opportunity to try out my new gadget. It was a fun, unique and loyalty-building experience and Google managed it perfectly. Glass is a unique device: most navigation is done either verbally, or through swiping gestures on the outside of a plastic box that sits next to your temple.  The critical part of my initial Glass experience was quickly learning how to use the thing, and it was a huge help to have a friendly Guide sitting next to me, using her own Glass in parallel.  Given how helpful my Guide was, and how relatively technologically-savvy I like to think I am, I found myself immediately wondering how Google would be able onboard the general public when the device eventually enters mass-production. Relatedly, Glass is also a very solitary experience. I discovered this the next week when I offered to do a “demo” of Glass to some coworkers in my office.  We blocked an hour and all sat down at a conference table to give it a try. But, we quickly realized that this “demo” consisted of one of my colleagues wearing the Glass while I clumsily tried to explain it from memory.  I was definitely not as smooth as my Guide had been!  Glass has a handy Guest Mode that you turn on for sharing with friends, but there’s currently no easy way to switch between Google accounts without actually resetting the device to factory settings. This is, of …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Google invests in Taiwanese maker of Glass components

Google appears to be preparing to ramp up production of its Google Glass product with an investment in a Taiwanese chip maker that manufactures components used in the wearable device.

Google will buy shares to hold a 6.3 percent interest in Himax Display, a subsidiary of Himax Technologies, the Taiwanese company said on Monday.

The investment will fund production upgrades and expand capacity at Himax Display’s facilities that make liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chips. These chips are typically found in projectors, but are also used in the head-mounted display for Google Glass. Since this year’s second quarter, the company had already begun expanding capacity to meet demand for its LCOS products.

“Himax Display has been a great partner for several years now,” Google said in an email. “This investment is an extension of this partnership, which we hope will allow the team to continue to develop their operations.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Google Glass-Like Products Can Launch As Low As $400

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor

It would be rash to say that Google is a laggard with its new heads up display/wearable device, Google Glass, but it is certainly not going to be first to market with a consumer grade, glass-like device. And the signs currently at that its price planning is wide of the mark. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Symantec: Google Glass still vulnerable to Wi-Fi attack

Google fixed one Wi-Fi security problem with its wearable computer Glass, but Symantec says there’s another problem, which has been a long-known weakness in wireless networking.

The security vendor has been analyzing Google Glass in its labs and found a second issue that is just as harmful as the now-patched QR-code vulnerability found by Lookout Mobile Security, which was made public earlier this week.

Many Wi-Fi devices regularly look for networks that they have been connected to before, wrote Candid Wueest, a threat researcher for Symantec. The behavior is convenient for users, since they don’t have to manually connect to a known network, he wrote.

But for as little as US$100, a hacker can buy a device that impersonates the known Wi-Fi network by borrowing the network’s name, known as its SSID (Service Set Identifier).

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QR code security vulnerability found with Google Glass

Engineers at Lookout Mobile Security have discovered a previously unknown security vulnerability with Google’s project Glass wearable headset. Marc Rogers reports on the company’s web site that engineers found that when pictures were taken of printed QR codes, the device could be routed to a hostile Wi-Fi access point, which in turn allowed for monitoring and capture of data flow to and from the device. They also found they were able to divert the device to a web page that allowed for taking advantage of a previously known Android vulnerability. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

Google Glass, The Psion Series 3 Of Wearable Technology

By Ewan Spence, Contributor

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As the reviews of Google Glass start coming out from the Explorers program, the reaction is splitting along familiar lines of those sure that it is the future of technology, and others who think society will push back against the technology. It reminds me a lot of the early days of the Psion pocket computers.

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Google comes clean(er) about Glass: What you need to know

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been yakking about Google Glass for more than two years. Yet until this week, we didn’t know even the most basic facts about the platform.

Google spilled some beans in an earnings call this week. The company also published facts about the hardware, software and licensing. And finally, users started receiving actual units, and have been blabbing about them on social media. Glass has already been prohibited in some locales.

Here’s what we’ve learned and what it all means.

Who’s using Google Glass

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From: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238528/Google_Glass_mysteries_revealed_#tk.rss_all

Google Glass Has One Year To Change Your Behavior or Fail

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor

GM of China executive Bob Socia at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

Before mobile we used to meet in pre-arranged venues and talk to each other. It almost seems a quaint idea now not to be present in a variety of venues all at the same time, tapping away on a smartphone. The wild success of mobile phones is down to their achievement in transforming the way we spend our time. Google Glass, the heads up display version of the smartphone, also requires substantial behavior change if it is to succeed. Will it be preempted by near-term technologies like flexible displays? Mobiles/smartphones are certainly about to change and why I feel bullish about Apple is that they have the design smarts to take advantage of developments of the type you see in the picture above. It’s a flexible OLED screen imagined for the future, in this case retracting into a pen. Using it requires no adaptation, no new behavior, very little acceptance barriers.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2013/04/20/google-glass-has-one-year-to-change-your-behavior-or-fail/

Google May Be Developing Android Game Center

The team behind Google Glass’ companion app, MyGlass, may have inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming Android game center with a variety of features that could potentially revolutionize Android gaming. According to the sleuths at Android Police, the leak was discovered while they were snooping around in the apk file for MyGlass and it contains a few juicy hints about what an Android game center could have in store for users. According to Ron Amadeo of Android Police:

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/19/google-developing-android-game-center-according-to-myglass-app-leak