Google says the new Google Glass gives workers ‘superpowers’

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A new version of the device–Glass Enterprise Edition 2–comes with a new look, a faster processor, and a brighter display.

In the workplace, nobody calls them Glassholes. Employees at hundreds of companies are wearing Google Glass, the heads-up display glasses that have found a new home in factories and healthcare facilities after getting off to a rough start in the consumer space.

Now Google has a new version of the device–Glass Enterprise Edition 2–with a new look, a faster processor, and a brighter display. The glasses actually come in two parts: Google makes the right side of the glasses–the side that holds all the technology–and Smith Optics makes the safety glasses that the Glass attaches to. This makes it possible for multiple employees to own their own pair of safety glasses and share one Glass.

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Snapchat launches Spectacles V2, camera glasses you’ll actually wear

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Photos, not just video. No yellow ring alerting people to the camera. Underwater-capable. Classier colors with lighter lenses. Prescription options. Faster syncing. And a much slimmer frame and charging case. Snapchat fixed the biggest pain points of its Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, which launch today for $150. The company only sold 220,000 pairs of V1, with their limited functionality, tricky exports and goofy hues. But V2 is stylish, convenient and useful enough to keep handy. They’re not revolutionary. They’re a wearable camera for everybody.

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Researchers at Stanford use Google Glass to treat autism in children

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Researchers at Stanford University are using the Google Glass to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, has launched the second phase of its study.

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App developers giving up on Google Glass before it even launches

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Nine of the 16 app Glass app makers admitted they’d abandoned their efforts.

A little over a year and a half ago, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” The average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing Google Glass.

 

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College libraries are lending out some surprising gadgets

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Florida university library lends drones to students.

Justin Ellis  is an instructional-technology associate at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s library. He thinks of himself as the gadget guy. He manages a program at the library that lets students and professors check out a growing catalog of computers, cameras, and other electronics—a selection more akin to a Best Buy store than a lending library.

 

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Google’s Captioning on Glass app is a boon for the hearing impaired

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A new app for Google Glass provides text captions from the spoken word.

Life can be a little bit easier for those who have lost some or all of their hearing thanks to a new application for Google Glass. The free Captioning on Glass app was created by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and does precisely what it sounds like: It provides text captions of the spoken word on the small screen of Google’s wearable display. (Video)

 

 

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