Google has released a software update for Google Glass. The update adds a new setup experience to make it easier to use Google Glass for the first time. It also adds the option to set “home” and “work” addresses to make it easier to ask for directions.
There is also a new voice commands including “ok glass, google my agenda” to display upcoming appointments and “ok glass, google what am I doing next week?” to display next week’s appointments.
A new “Start screencast” option in the notification drawer makes it easier to see on the phone what’s displayed on the Google Glass screen. The long press on the trackpad to search has been replaced with three slow taps to make it harder to accidentally trigger. Learn more in the release notes here.
Google has released an update for Google Glass. When paired with an Android phone, there is a new option to see public transit directions when navigating. Helpful information is displayed such as where to change trains, how far to walk to the bus stop and how long it should take to reach the destination. Learn more here.
Google has also partnered with Microsoft, Facebook and many others to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), which aims to bring affordable Internet to areas of the world where Internet is unavailable or very expensive. Learn more on Google.org Blog here.
Google has released another monthly update for Glass. There are now more useful cards automatically displayed when needed including reminders of dinner reservations, hotel bookings and concerts.
There is also new options to find showtimes and movie information for nearby cinemas, and be alerted of traffic conditions, weather and sports scores. The video player now has the option to tap to play and pause or swipe to fast forward or rewind.
There are two new voice commands “Post an update” and “Take a note” which can be used to post an update to Path or take a note in Evernote. Developers of other apps can also use these commands. Learn more in the Google+ post here.
Google has released an update for Glass. There are now voice commands to read out messages, reply to them and share photos and messages can now be sent to a user’s Gmail contacts.
It is also now possible to browse the web and use the touchpad to scroll, zoom and select links. Interested in learning more? See the Project Glass post here.
Google has updated the camera software on Google Glass to improve the quality of photos. The updated software detects low-light conditions and automatically captures a brighter and sharper image.
The updated software will also automatically take HDR images in bright scenes and make adjustments to improve photos with moving subjects. It is also able to rapidly take multiple photos and combine them into a single high-resolution photo.
When taking a photo after the update, Google Glass will prompt the user to add a caption to the photo using their voice. For more information and a photo album of example photos taken with and without the software update, see the Google blog post here.
Google has announced that its Google Glass Explorer Edition headwear has begun to roll off the production line. With this announcement, Google has released specifications and a FAQ for its Glass headwear. The FAQ answers questions about the durability of Glass and when it is inappropriate to use. Learn more about Google Glass in our guide here.
There is a new MyGlass companion app available for Android devices that enables GPS and SMS messaging and can be used to configure and manage Google Glass. When developers and competition winners receive their Google Glass, they can download the app on Google Play here.
Google has also released the Google Mirror API to help developers to write Google Glass apps.
Google had a competition where Twitter users had to tweet what they would do if they had Google Glass using the #IfIHadGlass hash code. Google has now chosen 8000 people who have the opportunity to buy Google Glass for US$1500 before it becomes available for sale later this year.
Google is building its first run of Google Glass at an assembly facility in Santa Clara using parts from Asia so that it can tweak the process and easily make last-minute changes.
Google has applied for another patent for its Google Glass headwear. The patent application describes using augmented reality and wireless connectivity to remotely control devices in a house.
The headwear could use visual identification, RFID, infrared, Bluetooth or QR codes to connect to a device such as a garage door or refrigerator. It could then retrieve information and display superimposed controls to remotely control the device.
The patent doesn’t make it clear whether the devices will be controllable by voice or using the touch pad on the side of the glasses.
Google showed off their progress with Google Glass during their developer conference at SXSW yesterday. After demoing third-party apps Evernote, Skitch and a social-networking app Path, they provided code samples for developers to create Google Glass apps and hope to get valuable feedback before finalising the API.
Google Glass is an augmented reality wearable computer with a head-mounted display. It projects an image in peripheral vision so it can be seen without blocking field of vision. Tap a touchpad on the side of the glasses to slide up a touchscreen that can be used to interact with the glasses and can slide back down when it is no longer needed. The glasses also have a camera that can record what the wearer is seeing and microphone that can be used to dictate commands. Learn more about Google Glass here.