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.