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New patent reveals more about Facebook's AR glasses
We know Facebook has some augmented reality specs in the pipeline – its own version of Microsoft HoloLens, without the bulk – but details have been thin on the ground up until now. However, a newly unearthed...
Smart glasses let you turn off the lights in the blink of an eye
Lights pleaseElisabeth Schmitt/GettyBy Lakshmi SupriyaBlink and the lights go out. A sensor on a pair of glasses that can pick up the motion of your skin when you blink could be used to switch the lights...
Apple may eventually launch 'iGlass' smart glasses for augmented reality, UBS speculates
Apple may leverage augmented reality on the iPhone to help pave the way for a future smart glasses product, UBS said in a note to investors Tuesday. Apple recently launched its ARKit developer tools,...
First phone, then smart glasses? Essential's new patent points to new wearable
While Andy Rubin's newly unveiled Essential Phone isn't even out in stores yet, the Android co-founder and his technology startup may already have some big plans in store for their next project.A patent...
Microsoft reveals prototype augmented reality glasses that don't look wacky
Microsoft on Friday unceremoniously revealed new prototype augmented-reality (AR) glasses that look like a normal pair of thick-framed glasses. The emergence of the technology indicates Microsoft has...
Apple AR glasses release date, news and rumors
You’ve all-but perfected the smartphone with the iPhone, invented a new computing category with the iPad tablet, have embedded a voice assistant into enough gadgets to make Siri a household name, and...
Apple has NASA engineers working on its AR glasses
Apple's casting the net wide when it comes to hiring the right people to get its nascent augmented reality project off the ground.According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company has been tapping...
One of Google's most embarrassing flops is turning into a real business
Google Glass isn't dead. In fact, it's a growing business. That's according to developers who license the smart glasses technology from Google Glass's enterprise-focused "Glass at Work" program. Google...
Apple's AR glasses could arrive in 2018
Step aside Snapchat Specs and get out the way Google Glass, Apple could be just a year away from its own face-worn wearable. The Cupertino firm is now being heavily tipped as currently expediting its...
Glasses Self-Adjust Focus in 14 Milliseconds
Using simple glycerine contained between two membranes, University of Utah researchers developed glasses that automatically adjust focus. With the help of an infrared distance-measuring device, some electronic...
Snap's NYC store selling its camera glasses is now mostly empty
Despite long lines to get a pair of Snap's Spectacles near the end of 2016, enthusiasm for the product appears to have cooled, at least at the company's New York store. In November, people waited outside...
Apple’s biggest product since the iPhone
As the tech world reveals the products that will impact the year ahead, Personal Tech columnists Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern hunt for the most exciting and unusual, from AR glasses to breast pumps....
‘Hololens’ tech to cure bad memory
Microsoft HoloLens glasses will ensure we never lose our keys again. Picture Roger Wyman VIRTUAL and augmented reality headsets will soon be as thin as your everyday spectacles. And when that day comes,...
Geek gift guide: The ultimate holiday list for the nerd in your life
If you have a nerd in your life, then consider yourself lucky.They’re pretty much the easiest group of people to buy holiday gifts for, and their fascination with a TV show/genre/movie/character/technology...
Will this be Apple’s big flop?
Will Apple customers wear digital glasses? Picture: David Paul Morris AFTER bringing out the market-leading Apple Watch, Apple is now considering the next step in wearables, smart — aka digital — glasses....
Apple could have a Google Glass-like wearable in the works
Sooner or later Apple is sure to add another major product category to its line-up, and that category could be smart glasses, a bit like Google Glass.That’s according to “people familiar with the matter”,...
Snapchat Unveils Cartoonish Machine to Sell Video Glasses
Snapchat has unveiled bright yellow vending machines that will sell its new line of video glasses. The machines, called Snapbots, feature a cartoon-like face and are topped with balloons. They'll sell...
Do you really need eight glasses a day?
For the first time, the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking has been revealed by researchers. Over-drinking can cause potentially fatal water intoxication....
Atheer to Deliver Android-Compatible AR Gear to the Enterprise
The company is counting on its productivity-enhancing augmented reality glasses and software platform to transform "the enterprise professional's experience." Microsoft has high hopes for its HoloLens...
Snapchat announces camera-sporting sunglasses, coming this fall for $129
Enlarge / Snapchat's new "Spectacles" glasses, which have been copy-and-pasted from Friday's WSJ report onto the company's official logo.Sam Machkovech reader comments 5 Share this story The Snapchat...
How the size and shape of your glass affects how much you drink
Bottoms up!Yula E+/GettyBy Simon OxenhamHow big is your glass? It’s well known that serving food and drink using larger crockery and glasses can make you consume more, but can bars and restaurants cash...
Olympic cyclists are training with these smart glasses...and so can you
As if cycling gear didn't look sci-fi enough already, enter the Solos Smart Cycling Glasses - a high tech pair of smart glasses currently in the hands of pros and on its way to the public.Designed exclusively...
Crystal Clear Shot Glass Checkers Set for $9 + $1 s&h - CNET
Sierra Trading Post offers this Crystal Clear Shot Glass Checkers Set for $8.88. Plus, coupon code "SFB040716" yields 99 cents for shipping. That's $21 off list, $3 under our January mention, and the...
How to wear an Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with glasses - CNET
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can transport you to a whole new world, but first you've got to get the headsets on. If you wear glasses, that might be easier said than done.I tested the Oculus Rift and HTC...
Creative Control explores the dark side of augmented reality—with humor
Magnolia Pictures Here's what the future looks like: collecting data on people while wearing AR glasses. Magnolia Pictures Here's what the future looks like: collecting data on people while wearing AR...
7 unexpected uses for toothpaste - CNET
If you're working with glasses or goggles that are prone to fogging up, toothpaste can help.Apply a small drop of non-gel toothpaste to the lens of your glasses or goggles. Know that rubbing too hard...
In Depth: We may have found the unexpected killer app for augmented reality... opera
Augmented cultureAugmented reality is getting a bit dull, let's be honest. When Google Glass ceased to be, the interest in the technology began to dry up – at least on a consumer level.The talk now revolves...
SnapGlass? HoloChat? Snapchat is secretly hiring wearable technology experts - CNET
If Snapchat made a gadget, what would it be? That's not a rhetorical question. The social media startup, currently valued at $16 billion, is recruiting hardware experts for a stealthy new project. Snapchat...
These glasses use lasers to help those with poor vision
A new pair of glasses have been developed with a mini-laser in to help those with poor eyesight see better - but could also have benefits to the VR world as well.They look like a normal pair of glasses,...
Augmented reality starts to challenge its virtual cousin
Meron Gribetz, founder of augmented reality company Meta, is releasing the latest version of the Meta headset, called the Meta 2.(Photo: Martin E. Klimek, USA TODAY) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Meron Gribetz...
With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever - CNET
If you're among the few who actually don 3D glasses to watch movies at home, you're not gonna like this. If you're everyone else, you probably couldn't care less. 3D, once hailed as a breakthrough new...
New Japanese glasses are designed for bedtime smartphone browsing - CNET
Enlarge Image J!ns Co. Who uses their smartphone or tablet in bed? All of us, that's who. Most of us know this habit is the cause for many a disrupted night's rest, but a new set of glasses from Japan...
Toshiba Nixes Wearvue, Its Smart Glasses, Less Than One Week Before Launch
Toshiba has canceled its smart glasses less than one week before the devices were to start shipping. In an announcement today, the Japanese electronics company said it made the decision to stop developing...
LG announces VR headset for LG G5's USB-C port
Sarah Tew/CNET LG announced the LG 360 VR at Mobile World Congress on Sunday in Barcelona, a pair of virtual reality glasses to compliment the LG G5 flagship also announced at the tradeshow .LG's 360...
LG 360 VR Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
So far, mobile virtual reality has meant sticking your phone into a goggle-rig where it acts as the screen, right up against your eyes. That's how Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR work -- but that's...
Epson Moverio BT-300 Smart Glasses Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Smart glasses using augmented reality are a weird, evolving territory. But the floating displays most augmented-reality smart glasses need could start feeling like they're melting into the real world...
Mattel View-Master 2.0 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Mattel's View-Master was reborn as a virtual reality accessory for phones last fall. The snap-on plastic goggles -- which are compatible with Google's Cardboard VR platform -- are enough of a success...
Microsoft HoloLens to Drive Consumer Smart Glasses Demand: Juniper
Over the next few years, consumers will flock to smart glasses, thanks in part to Microsoft's upcoming HoloLens augmented-reality headset. HoloLens, Microsoft's Windows 10-powered augmented-reality headset,...
Homido Mini glasses review: Compromised mobile VR you can tuck into your pocket
It's taken some time to get here, but 2016 just may be the year that virtual reality finally hits its stride. It feels so long ago that the Oculus Rift first hit Kickstarter, sparking endeavor and imagination...
ODG's smartglasses are like a high-end Android tablet for your face (hands-on)
For the second straight CES, we spent some time hanging out with Osterhout Design Group (ODG), makers of the most badass smartglasses this side of Hololens. ODG's glasses are still aimed primarily at...
Consumer Electronics Show awash with altered realities
Altered realities abounded at the Consumer Electronics Show gadget-fest on Thursday, touching everything from sex and sports to sales and space exploration. Virtual reality (VR) headsets immersed people...
Lumus Is Showing A Wide Field-Of-View Smart Glasses Prototype
These days, it’s hard to stand out in the Smart Glasses category. There are many underwhelming products coming to market now and many more that while extravagant seem to be caught in the “forever-coming-soon”...
Bug eyes: Tiny 3D glasses confirm insect 3D vision
Miniature glasses have proved that mantises use 3-D vision, providing a new model to improve visual perception in robots. 3D vision in mantises was originally shown in the 1980s but this work used prisms...
Bug eyes: Tiny 3-D glasses confirm insect 3-D vision
A mantis wearing 3D glasses. Credit: Newcastle University Miniature glasses have proved that mantises use 3D vision - providing a new model to improve visual perception in robots. Most knowledge about...
Praying Mantises Given 3D Specs By Scientists
By Gerard Tubb, Sky News Correspondent Insects fitted with tiny 3D glasses are showing scientists how they can catch fast-moving camouflaged crickets despite having brains no bigger than a pin head. Blobs...
Garmin's Varia Vision brings smarts to regular cycling glasses
Cyclists already have their pick of several brands of Google Glass-like smart glasses, which display data in riders' peripheral vision – this means that they don't have to look down at a cycling computer...
Volkswagen rolls out 3D smartglasses to factory workers
Volkswagen is presenting 3D smart glasses to workers at its plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Google Glass Explorer Edition glasses will be used by plant logistics operators to help with order-picking...
Volkswagen brings 3D smart glasses to its plant - CNET
Enlarge ImageThankfully, if everybody's wearing the glasses, there won't be anybody saying that you look like a bit of a dork. Volkswagen Despite the strict policies and practices involved in assembling...
Lightguide optics could soon make smartglasses less socially awkward
Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a display technology that may soon spell the end of awkward-looking smartglasses. The resulting displays are thin, lightweight,...
Ultra-hard glass could put an end to smashed phone screens
As well as being hard, the new material is also very thin, allowing mobile phone screens to become thinner and lighter than ever before. Reporting their results in the journal Scientific Reports, the...
Student-designed aid for the deaf converts speech to AR captions
Speech-to-text systems already exist, as do augmented-reality displays. Now, a group of New York City teens led by Daniil Frants (who interned at the MIT Media Lab when he was 14) have combined the two...
Murata's "Cool Design Smart Glass" concept puts household appliance control in your face
Japanese electronics manufacturer Murata, in conjunction with the city of Sabae, showed its "Cool Design Smart Glass" concept eyewear at CEATEC 2015. The smart augmented reality (AR) glasses incorporate...
Trippy 3D-printed glasses let you swap looks often
Enlarge ImageBiz Eyes There are those who like to wear subtle eyeglasses, and those who prefer frames that make a statement. If your statement is something along the lines of "I like bright pink sea anemones...
19 Awesome Halloween Costumes For Kids With Glasses
Halloween is a great opportunity to get creative. If your children wear glasses, why not incorporate their frames into their costumes? Many famous literary characters, pop culture icons and even superheroes...
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