Google, a company that spends billions of dollars on research and development, still hasn't found a good reason for everyone to own a pair of smart glasses. But an international team of researchers is rethinking how upgraded glasses could be useful -- by turning the wearer's nose into a remote control for other devices.
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Google needs to be in the hardware business. It's infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and Chrome. Yet it's gonna hit a wall soon. A company as large as Google can't infiltrate every point of the human experience with software and services alone. It needs to be producing the phones we text on and the computers we browse on.
For better or for worse, Silicon Valley is always on the hunt for The Next Big Thing. But while tech giants like Apple and Google have bet big on developing the latest wearable technology, the real future of smart devices may have been sitting right under our noses (or is it on top our heads?) all along.
It seems like it was ages ago that Google Glass was the future that nobody wanted. The wearable tech had at least one bad design flaw -- it seemed to get its early adopters punched in the face because people didn't like the camera being pointed at them. Now, Snapchat thinks people are finally ready for glasses-mounted personal recording.
Video: It's fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on. The future they have promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become -- a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.
They're not going to happen.
Each new week brings with it an abundance of new gadgets -- whether devised by tech giants like Google and Samsung or pushed by hopeful entrepreneurs to Kickstarter, they run the gamut from useful to niche to tech that nobody really needs. This week we're looking at all the attempts at making the smartglass work -- even where Google has tried and failed.
Google’s been granted a patent for what looks like the follow-up to Glass, its original and widely-ridiculed headpiece. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the company’s 2012 patent submission, which comprises a wiggly heads-up-display that appears to wrap around one side of the user’s head.
The first time around, Google Glass wasn't exactly a runaway hit. But the technology behind it will certainly be improved to the point where it can eventually be integrated into a regular pair of glasses. And for when that day gets here, there's now a novel and subtle way to navigate your wearable display using the belt around your waist.
Google Glass is dead. In its current form, at least, the augmented-reality specs will no longer be sold to developers, early adopters and enthusiasts -- and depending on how stupid you think Google Glass is, this news will either disappoint you or make you very happy.