Tiny Cylinder May Be Google Glass Alternative.
A tiny cylinder that can be held up to one eye when you want to check your Twitter feed or Instagram may provide an alternative to the intrusiveness of wearable devices such as Google Glass.
Researchers from Nokia and several universities have created a cylinder about the size of a tube of lipstick that provides an eye-level display for quick, discreet access to messages, news and updates.
When not in use, it can be worn as a pendant or tucked away in a pocket.
The prototype of the cylinder is dubbed Loupe, so named because it bears a resemblance to the little magnifying glass that jewellers use to inspect stones, "MIT Technology Review" reported.
With the Loupe, researchers suggest, the obvious act of holding it up to your eye, rather than gazing into the distance as you would with a head-up display, makes it easier to signal to someone that you are using it.
This could make people around you more comfortable, since they know whether or not you are paying attention to them – a common concern with devices like Google Glass.
"By having a handheld device that is in front of the eye only when it is used, we provide a very strong signal," said Kent Lyons, a principal research scientist at Yahoo Labs and paper co-author who conducted the work while working for Nokia.
"Just as it is pretty obvious when someone is using their phone, the same is true of Loupe," Lyons said.
The Loupe prototype is three centimetres wide, with a circular hole at one end that users look into to see a small, circular floating display.
Four rings of copper-coloured touch electrodes encircle the device, and an actual jeweller’s loupe is included near one end for manually focusing the image.
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Google Glass is a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD).
It was developed by Google with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer.
Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format.
Wearers communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
Google started selling Google Glass to qualified "Glass Explorers" in the US on April 15, 2013 for a limited period for $1,500, before it became available to the public on May 15, 2014 for the same price.
Google provides four prescription frame choices for $225.00 U.S and free with the purchase of any new Glass unit.
It is necessary to remove a small screw in order to move the Google Glass from one frame to another.
Google entered in a partnership with the Italian eyewear company Luxottica, owners of the Ray-Ban, Oakley, and other brands, to offer additional frame designs.
Google Glass applications are free applications built by third-party developers.
Glass also uses many existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+, and Gmail.
Third-party applications announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) include Evernote, Skitch, The New York Times, and Path.
On April 25, 2013, Google released the Mirror API, allowing developers to start making apps for Glass.
In the terms of service, it is stated that developers may not put ads in their apps or charge fees; a Google representative told The Verge that this might change in the future.
Many developers and companies have built applications for Glass, including news apps, facial recognition, exercise, photo manipulation, translation, and sharing to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.
On May 16, 2013, Google announced the release of seven new apps, including reminders from Evernote, fashion news from Elle, and news alerts from CNN.
Following Google's XE7 Glass Explorer Edition update in early July 2013, evidence of a "Glass Boutique", a store that will allow synchronization to Glass of Glassware and APKs, was noted.
Version XE8 made a debut for Google Glass on August 12, 2013.
It brings an integrated video player with playback controls, the ability to post an update to Path, and lets users save notes to Evernote.
Several other minute improvements include volume controls, improved voice recognition, and several new Google Now cards.
On November 19, 2013, Google unveiled its Glass Development Kit, showcasing a translation app Word Lens, a cooking app AllTheCooks, and an exercise app Strava among others as successful examples.
On May 15, 2014, Google announced 3 news apps TripIt, FourSquare and OpenTable in order to entice travelers.
On June 25, 2014, Google announced that notifications from Android Wear will be sent to Glass.
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