Focals smart glasses intend to succeed where Google and Intel failed

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A Canadian company is aiming to provide people with the smart glasses experience they actually want. North, an Ontario-based company previously called Thalmic Labs, is launching its Amazon-backed Focals smart glasses. The goal of this wearable technology is to provide mobile users with an intuitive way to check notifications, check the weather, read and respond to text messages, plan a commute with Uber, speak with Alexa and more. The major difference between Focals and previous smart glasses models, is that North’s product is stylish, practical and designed for everyday wear.…

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Augmented reality glasses race heats up between Facebook and Apple

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The two companies look like they’re going head to head in this tech development battle. Recent reports show that both Facebook and Apple are working on their own versions of augmented reality glasses. There have been forecasts suggesting that these devices may become popular enough to take the place currently held by smartphones. Over a year ago, Apple assembled a team to look into the feasibility of AR glasses for mainstream use. Now, it appears as though Apple is pouring an increasing amount of its resources into augmented reality glasses…

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eSight Smart glasses bring sight to the visually impaired

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People who are legally blind have the chance for an instant and significant vision improvement through these wearables. eSight, a Toronto, Canada-based wearable technology company, has developed a pair of smart glasses to help people with low vision. The eSight 3 device is meant to assist people who are legally blind to experience 20/20 visin correction. The glasses capture the image of the wearer’s surroundings in real-time and display it in a way the wearer can see. The smart glasses translate the image of the surroundings into a form that…

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The augmented reality marketplace is suddenly taking off

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At the same time that virtual reality is carving out a space for itself, ABI Research says AR is also heading upward. Though virtual reality technology has been receiving a very large amount of attention from the media over the last short while, the augmented reality sector has also been seeing a tremendous amount of growth and it looks as though this is going to continue into the future. A recent data analysis of the industry has shown that products with AR tech will be making up a larger market…

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Can wearable technology glasses make public speaking easier?

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Researchers believe that they may have found a way to help overcome one of the most common fears. For many people, one of the most terrifying things that they ever have to face is speaking in front of an audience, but researchers have now come upon a way to use wearable technology to assist with this effort and to help to make it less stressful. The idea is to use a special intelligent user interface that is installed into smart glasses and augmented reality headsets. The researchers are from the…

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Autistic children could use Google Glass app to boost social skills

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The application for the wearable technology may also assist these kids in improving the ability to communicate. Brain Power, a startup based in Massachusetts, is now in the process of developing an app for Google Glass that will assist autistic children in being able to learn both communication and social skills. The Glass app would also offer caregivers some vital feedback about how they can help the autistic child to cope in life. The Google Glass app is called the Empowered Brain Suite for Autism, and it works by encouraging…

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Wearable tech presents growing amount of Google Glass competition

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The latest to rival the giant’s augmented reality headset is the current version of SiMEye. A company from Taiwan is now doing its best to carve its way into the wearable tech industry with a device that would add to the competition that is currently growing for the Google Glass augmented reality headset. Should the company be successful, it could represent quite the upset in this infant industry. In fact, the company behind these new mobile devices has already won an award for its current version. The company is called…

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Google Glass blocking technology designed to enhance privacy

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A growing number of people are starting to resent “Glassholes” and the risk of their surveillance. A new product has been created in the form of a very simple program by artist Julian Oliver, from Berlin, which has been designed to detect any Google Glass device that is nearby and that is making an attempt to connect with a Wi-Fi network. The program, called Glasshole.sh, uses a unique character string discovered in these augmented reality wearables. Oliver found that the MAC addresses of Google Glass have a unique character string.…

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Augmented reality glasses competition is on the rise

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A new product called Smartspecks is meant to give Google Glass a run for its money. While Google Glass has been working very hard to position itself as the leader of the augmented reality glasses market, some serious competition has started to move in, which has decided to price its devices at a considerably lower amount. Smartspecks have joined in the marketplace among the others that are competing with Google Glass. These augmented reality glasses by LaForge Optical will have an original version available for $200. That said, the price…

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Wearable technology and regulation

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Wearable devices are becoming more common Wearable technology is beginning to play a bigger role in society. Smartwatches and high-tech jewelry are becoming more common, but are still somewhat rare in many parts of the world. In many cases, these devices are used to sustain a constant connection to the digital world via social media, email, and messaging services. As wearable technology becomes more common, a new problem is arising: Many people that use wearable devices are experiencing harassment for doing so. The clearest cases of harassment of those using…

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Vuzix to develop new head mounted augmented reality eyewear for the U.S. military

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Vuzix, a manufacturer of augmented reality devices, has announced a new project that will bring the technology to the U.S. military. The project concerns a head-mounted device based upon the company’s Smart Glasses products. Smart Glasses are specialized eyewear that contains augmented reality technology. These devices are made for the general public to enhance their day-to-day lives, but Vuzix believes that augmented reality can take the nation’s soldiers to the next level of performance and, perhaps, make them safer in the field. As opposed to the eyewear that Vuzix has…

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