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As opposed to the rudimentary capabilities of the current king of wearables, Google Glass, a company called Meta is building a full-fledged augmented reality computing platform into a pair of aviator shades and a pocket computer. A platform that aims …
We’ve seen on-ear and in-ear headphones come out of Bowers & Wilkins’ labs for quite some time, but now the company has announced its first over-ear pair. The new P7s boast the style’s natural advantages, of course — ear-covering cushions that mold to the wearer’s head, improving noise isolation. B&W crafted new audio drivers for the cans too, which it claims are designed more like “traditional audiophile speaker” than a pair of premium headphones. The device’s leather and metal finish looks sleek, but it doesn’t come cheap — a pair will set you back $ 400 when it comes out this September. Too rich for your blood? Well, you can always opt for one of B&W’s relatively more affordable options.
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Right now Google Glass sits at the apogee of geeky, wearable technology. Last month, interviewing a Glass-wearing Robert Scoble, Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman memorably debunked it in his opening question as “that thing on your head. ” Getting non-techie people to view Glass as anything other than ludicrously geeky is going to be an uphill fight for Google.
Arguably, though, even more of a blocker to Glass adoption is people viewing the technology as the epitome of creepy, thanks to its built in camera. Sure a digital eye sited at eye-level lets you share a nice view of that mountain you can see from your hotel window. But in more everyday scenarios it also lets you video your fellow humans as they go about their business and that privacy intrusion is inevitably going to cause some friction. Throw in the whole NSA Prism surveillance fallout and stuff like this is inevitable.
Add to that, even though Google has banned (even more creepy) facial recognition apps on Glass’s Mirror API it’s possible to envisage a workaround that leverages Google’s Hangouts feature — which shares real-time field of vision — to get around the bar. Marco Vanossi, co-founder of GeoPapyrus, pointed this workaround out to TechCrunch — and demonstrates how it can be made to work in this video, creating a Hangout with a robot assistant called Dexter that then analyses what the Glass wearer can see.
“You can share your camera view through a Google Hangout and the content in it (people, objects, places, barcodes, qrcodes) can be analyzed and identified,” he tells TechCrunch. “As a result, information can be overlaid on top of it and shown back on your screen. This means that the Hangout app, built and distributed by Google on every Glass device could be used to violate its own privacy rules.”
All of which suggests there may be room for an eyeless Glass-style product which preserves privacy be being receive only — and therefore can’t be accused of spying. Enter GlassUp. GlassUp is a prototype pair of augmented reality specs that does not include a camera. It’s currently seeking funds to start manufacturing on Indiegogo. The glasses are designed to allow the wearer to receive text-based messages and updates overlaid over the central portion of their field of vision — so while they intrude on the wearer’s vision, they can’t be accused of intruding on the privacy of the people around them.
GlassUp’s creators envisage a typical use-case being a pedestrian or a motorbike rider wanting to navigate handsfree and without having to stop every few yards to consult a map/smartphone. Or a tourist wanting to get info about the historical landmarks they are seeing pushed to their eye-line as they explore a new city. Other imagined use-cases include for cooks or warehouse workers needing info as they work.
The device is basically a second screen output for a smartphone, connecting via Bluetooth, that’s worn as a heads-up display. It has a monochrome projector to display text updates, helping to extend the battery life of the device. The creators say they intend to release some apps themselves, but also plan to release an API for Android, iOS and Windows Phone to allow developers to extend its functionality.
Having intentionally stripped back the hardware of GlassUp to remove privacy concerns its creators have also shrunk the cost. The price-tag for the device starts at $ 299 — considerably cheaper than the Google Glass Explorer’s hefty price-tag of $ 1,500.
GlassUp’s creators are hoping to raise $ 150,000 on Indiegogo and have so far managed to reach just over half their goal, with 11 days left on the campaign. However a update on their crowdfunding page notes that they will deliver products even if they fail to achieve their funding goal — thanks to unnamed investor backers. GlassUp is due to go on sale from February next year.
TechCrunch’s Steve O’hear contributed to this story
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Harman has joined several other companies in jumping the CES gun, announcing five new products it’s bringing to the show. First up is the JBL Charge, a hardy Bluetooth speaker which promises an impressive 12 hours of tunes on a single charge. If you are willing to sacrifice some of that play time, you can siphon power from the internal battery to other kit via the speaker’s USB port. Expected to start shipping in Q1 2013, you should be able to pick one up for around $ 149. Joining JBL’s OnBeat range are the Mini and Rumble speaker docks, which are both compatible with Apple’s Lightning connector. The Mini is a fairly standard dock which will play and charge for up five hours on battery power, and should be available this coming March for around $ 149. The Rumble, however, is a little more equipped, with both Lightning and Bluetooth streaming options, as well as a 4.5-inch, “down-firing subwoofer” for bass junkies. That extra muscle is reflected in the price, though, which is likely to be $ 399 when it hits stores next spring.
A couple of new Kardon-branded A/V receivers from Harman are also coming along to CES — the AVR 2700 and 3700. Both have multi-zone functionality, are stacked with wireless features including internet radio, AirPlay and DLNA connectivity, and can be controlled using iOS and Android apps. The AVR 2700 has eight HDMI ports and 4K video scaling for when you get round to buying that UHDTV, as well as 7.1-channel audio (at 100 watts per channel). The AVR 3700 adds WiFi connectivity, and has 7.2 channels (at 125 watts per channel) for adding a second woofer to your setup. When they become available to purchase in Q1 2013, expect wallet damage to the tune of $ 799 for the 2700, or $ 999 for the 3700. You can get a closer look at all the Harman products in the press shots below (complete with unnecessary reflection), and if you’re into PRs, there are a whole bunch awaiting you after the break.
Apple Vs Samsung: Judge Koh Makes Plea For “Global Peace” As Pair Muster Latest Round Of Legal Arguments
In the latest episode of the Apple vs Samsung legal drama that’s been playing out in the U.S. district court of Northern California, the pair met again at an appeal hearing on Thursday to argue their respective corners. Judge Lucy Koh is reviewing the jury’s $ 1.05 billion verdict against Samsung.
Apple is hoping for a ban on the sale of Samsung devices the jury deemed infringe its patents when they returned their verdict back in August, while Samsung wants to reduce the damages award against it — or trigger a new trial.
The judge made a plea for “global peace” between the warring gadget makers — who are also doing battle in other courtrooms around the world. “If there is any way this court can facilitate some sort of resolution, I’d like to do that,” the FT quotes Koh as saying. “I think it would be good for consumers and good for the industry.”
Apple recently settled its remaining legal disputes with another mobile maker, HTC — by agreeing a licensing deal — an outcome Koh is likely hoping could be used to end the Apple vs Samsung batte.
According to the BBC, Samsung’s arguments on Thursday focused on calling into question the jury’s calculations when it determined the amount of damages. To counter this argument, Apple urged the Judge not to probe the jury’s reasoning on a device-by-device basis — however Koh did not appear to be swayed by Apple’s argument. ”I don’t see how you can look at the aggregate verdict without looking at the pieces put together to make that verdict,” she is quoted as saying. ”If there is a basis to uphold the damages award, by the record, then I am going to uphold it. But I think it is appropriate to do analysis by product.”
Samsung also asked for the verdict to be entirely dismissed and for a new trial to be held. One of its main arguments reportedly centers on the impartiality of jury foreman, Velvin Hogan. However Reuters quotes Christopher Carani, a partner at Chicago-based intellectual property law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd, commenting that Samsung’s juror misconduct argument is “unlikely to have much traction”.
Meanwhile, Apple asked for an increase in the damages award — and for a permanent ban on the U.S. sales of eight Samsung smartphones the jury deemed infringe its patents. The FT reports that Apple’s legal representative dubbed the billion-dollar award a “slap on the wrist”, and argued the court needs to “establish a line” that would “change behaviours” — an argument we’ve heard Apple make before.
According to Reuters, Apple is attempting to add more than $ 500 million to the $ 1 billion damages award — on the grounds that the jury found Samsung willfully infringed its patents.
Thursday’s court hearing concluded with Judge Koh saying she would rule at a later date.
One area where Moore’s law could be seen alive and well seems to be the developer and small task pc globe. Whether it’s the common Raspberry Pi, Intel’s NUC, or any sort of number of similar items. There’s one more name to include to this list, and that’s the ODROID-U from Hardkernel. The boards are a little more expensive than Raspberry Pi’s remarkably economical Style A and Model B, however you are getting some bang for that buck. The $ 69 ODROID-U includes a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor (as discovered in the Galaxy S III and Take note II, 1GB of RAM, quad-core Mali 400 graphics, micro-HDMI, a brace of USB harbors, an earphone jack and Ethernet. If you want a little more oomph, for an additional $ 20 you can have the RAM doubled, and a 1.7 GHz core with the ODROID-U2 model. There’s one stat you might notice missing which is flash memory. There’s no onboard storage space, so you’ll need to bring your very own memory for the inbuilt microSD slot. As the ODROID name recommends, the boards could run Android, along with a selection of Linux tastes. Noise excellent? In a reverse of exactly what you could anticipate, the ODROID-U2 will be readily available first, beginning December 21st, with the less expensive board pencilled in to arrive on January 16th.
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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
There’s definitely more than a touch of a biological theme to proceedings this week. In fact, so much so that we thought we might well end up with enough ingredients to make our own cyborg. Or rather, a light-responding canine cyborg with a really cool voice. Yep, science and technology is working hard to make all of these things possible — albeit independently. If science ever does do the right thing, and pool its resources on such a project, you can thanks us for the tip off. This is Alt-week.
Hey, check this pair of tablets from Lenovo that were mingling in the Vodafone booth here at IFA. The slates are really branded with the carrier’s name as the Vodafone Smart Tab II, the successor to Smart Tabs produced last year by phone producer ZTE. The Smart Tab II has quite a good build quality, and from the front it has a display that plannings to match the degree we’ve come to expect from the likes of Samsung. The back, meanwhile, is covered with circular indentations, like a golf ball, with a large Vodafone logo design at its center and little gray Levono one along its bottom.
The Smart Tab II comes in both a 7 – and 10-inch assortments, which do a very great job covering the mainstream tablet spectrum. We reached out to Lenovo to ask whether they might be a rebranding of existing gadgets, and hear that they obviously have yet to go on sale. We’re hoping to see them here in the US at some point, especially in the situation of the Smart Tab II 7-inch, which includes performance compared with specific other seven inchers, providing a rear dealing with camera– although it’s just two-megapixels in this situation.
And while the construct quality is rather strong on both, the 10 feels a ton thinner and sleeker in-hand. The larger tablet has 16GB of storage a 1.5 GHz dual-core and is running Gelato Sandwich. The seven inch tablet is also running Android 4.0 and has 4GB of memory constructed in, priced at $ 190. Both gadgets have built-in GPS. Examine out a video clip of them after the break.
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