Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Google Glass Alive and Well

Peter Jungmann

There's a lot here to find interesting. A few snippets from the article have been pulled. If you are a long-term Microvision follower, you know that the company had a relationship with Motorola and has continued that relationship since it was purchased by Google.

Also, Google glass was mentioned during the stockholder meeting as "a fail in its current form." A significant part of that fail is the location of the display, it's limited field of view, and the fact that a user would have to refocus to look at the display. (I haven't used it so I can't speak from experience on that part of the matter.)

This article makes it clear that Google Glass isn't dead, but is still being quietly improved behind the scenes. Microvision will be an excellent choice to replace the display with a fuller field of vision.

I suspect the "commercial applications" they are talking about will come from the kind of applications featured in the video. With such applications possible I'm pretty sure the program will thrive. 

From Patently Apple

Last week the U.S. Patent Office published a new Google Glass patent that was filed by their Motorola team that remains on board with Google.

If the user is authenticated then likely user location information is optionally utilized to further authenticate the user of the wearable device. For example, the authentication module implemented in the wearable device can optionally enhance the authentication of the user for some higher security applications by incorporating other information about the user, such as a location of the user, a route taken by the user, calendar information, and the like. If the current location of the wearable device (and user) is recognized as a likely location of the user, is a location along a likely route of the user, or is a location identified in a calendar appointment, then authentication may be further confirmed.

The last scenario definitely shows Google's is thinking of security issues in a work environment.

So in the end, Google Glass is alive and well. It's just gone underground in an attempt to reinvent itself with new technology and a focus on high-end commercial applications.

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