Would you wear Google Glass if it looked like this?
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Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta!
- Analysts say that the U.S. retail safety plan for Bangladesh factories is weak, especially in comparison to its European equivalent.
- Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was forced to abandon his spacewalk after a suit malfunction that filled his helmet with water. Scary!
- The Google Glass team considered 'pew pew pew' and 'go go glass' before they went with its trigger term, ‘Ok glass.’
- Airbnb is slowing international hiring and reorganizing in an attempt to prevent startup burnout.
- As we reported earlier today, Tumblr has fixed a bug in its iOS app and recommends that users change their passwords.
- Jay-Z’s new album set a record on Spotify with 14-million whole album streams.
- Watch out Apple! Google just released its iOS Maps 2.0 update.
- Fresh Apple rumors are milling. A new iPhone with features like a finger print reader and lighter, plastic components may be in the works.
- Thanks to a team that lugged a trolley camera around the Parisian landmark, Google Street View users are getting a view from the Eiffel Tower.
Have a great day!
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- A lead Google Glass developer is working on wearable tech for dogs that would let them communicate more easily with their handlers.
- Meet the 6-foot tall humanoid robot that may just save your life someday.
- Edward Snowden has requested a meeting with human rights representatives at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
- The NSA has been monitoring Skype calls since July of 2012.
- The tin in your iPhone might be wrecking the environment.
- UK researchers are testing a 'penetrator' spacecraft that is designed to search for life on Jupiter's moon. It would travel at about 760 mph, close to the speed of sound.
- Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.
- Lady Gaga has revealed more details of her upcoming ARTPOP project. The”musical and visual engineering system” is set to launch in November.
- Music discovery service Shazam has compiled a list of the top ten most misheard lyrics in pop. And they’re pretty funny.
- The Gagnam Style artist Psy has joined the ranks of Justin Beiber and Rihanna with three billion YouTube views.
Have a good one!
A DARPA-funded project has built contact lenses that can zoom in and out in to aid those with degrading eyesight. A group of researchers — from the UC San Diego and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) — said in a report that it has built a 2.8x zoom contact lens that could eventually fit on human eyes.
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Associate editor Christina Chaey takes Google Glass out for a spin.
While Google's Glass system seems revolutionary, until now the device seems to have included a fatal flaw: It’s not compatible with wearing prescription spectacles. Which would have ruled out millions of folk, young and old, from engaging with Google’s device…unless they wore corrective contact lenses or went for laser surgery. Now TheNextWeb notes Google has confirmed that Glass will support the prescription lenses-wearing public, and has even released an image of Glass team member Greg Priest-Dorman wearing a non-prototype edition that sports prescription lenses.
Google has said the prescription lenses-friendly Glass will be coming later in 2013, but the modification won’t be available on the “Explorer” edition that early developers have signed up to buy for $1,500. This means it likely will be available in time for the consumer-level release of the product.
Still up for grabs, however, is the question of whether you’ll be able to use Glass on your left eye. Google has a patent for it, but every image of Glass we’ve seen so far has shown Glass in place on the right eye. This is going to be a problem for many potential users who suffer from a disability, the one-third of people who have dominant left eyed vision(instead of the more common right eye dominance), or even users who will prefer to tap at Glass’s controls with their left hand.
Are you even more excited about Glass now? Or do you think that it will still suffer from the same stigma as using a Bluetooth headset?
Wondering who “won SXSW” this year? Here’s what Fast Company’s Austin Carr has to say:
It’s not about who “wins” a tech conference in Austin; it’s about what technologies will truly disrupt the way we live (hopefully for the better).
And after so many years of perennially expecting the next big thing in Austin, perhaps the time has finally come when the concept of winning SXSW is no longer necessary or even possible…But if I did have to pick one winner, I’d say it’s Google Glass.
Today, Google shared their first, practical vision for Glass’s HUD. If there’s one mantra, it’s transparency. Aside from videos and photos, every bit of the interface focuses on clarity, from the use of what must be the sveltest font possible, to contrasting that font against the lightest matte possible.