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“Many critics share one opinion on the Google Glass and that is it is too expensive and miles away from reaching its full potential (a.k.a. not a good buy for someone without the few thousands dollar lying around.) As a response, Google is trying to penetrate the fashion-conscious market, a group more than willing to spend on a $20,000 Hermes handbag.”

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“Mr Porter has become the first third-party stockist of Google Glass in the UK, launching three styles online this week.”

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“Rule number one in any startup playbook: never try to challenge an internet giant head on, especially if it’s Google or Apple. But if you’re in a wide open category like wearable computing, the rule doesn’t apply. Here, out-of-the-box thinking matters more than economies-of-scale, and that’s precisely what Optinvent, a French company with a presence in Singapore, is banking on.”

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“Back in March 2013, eBay said it would start to work on applications for Google Glass — Now over a year later, the e-commerce giant is rolling out its first effort: a Glass-optimized version of its RedLaser barcode scanning app, where people can search for products online and locally, activated using voice and image recognition.”

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“MindRDR lets users upload pictures to social media using only their thoughts”

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“The man credited with helping create Google Glass has his eyes on a new job opportunity.

Babak Parviz, a Google X director who helped found and lead Google Glass and a smart contact lens project, is moving to Amazon for an unknown role.”

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“2014 has been the year of wearables and with the UK launch of Google Glass and Amazon’s new Wearable Technology Store, the sector is maturing at a very rapid rate.”

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Earlier this week we had the chance to give Google Glass a try at the Google Glass Basecamp in London. With three lovely Glass experts on hand to patiently show everyone how to use them. It is undoubtedly an impressive piece of technology, but opinions were divided. Here’s a quick low down on what we thought.

The Glass is on standby by default, so as to conserve battery life. A vertical slide of the finger down the right temple of the frame will awaken it and make it responsive to commands. But rubbing the lamp won’t free the genie in this case; Glass won’t do anything you ask it to unless you speak a certain phrase first. In this case it’s not “Open Sesame,” but “okay, Glass.” So, let’s go.

Once you have uttered those two magic words, you can instruct Glass freely. Available functions include taking a picture (“Okay, Glass. I want to take a picture.”), getting directions to a destination (“Okay, Glass. I need directions to ___”), or looking up topics on Google (you get the drift…). As Glass is synced with the omnipresent iCloud, it can save everything to it automatically.

It’s not as sci-fi as some may have imagined. When you give your command, you have to gaze to the top right to be able to see what Glass is doing – it doesn’t seamlessly integrate itself into ones’ field of vision. People who are glancing up at their Glass projection can look…how do we put it nicely- quite comical, as if they are daydreaming or trying hard to remember something.

It was suggested that using Glass to get directions when you ride a bike, for instance, is safer than looking at your phone. Really? Not sure gazing up is safer than looking down. Oh hold a minute, apparently it also speaks to you and can give you directions ‘verbally’. Perhaps this is not the best solution in noisy cities, but it is definitely innovative.

Disruptive technologies are always approached with suspicion at first, and seeing as this is a first generation model, it’s not extremely difficult to point out flaws; lags in processing of instructions, the not-so-beautiful design, the chunky bit of glass over ones right eye (and what about the lefties out there?). Despite this, the fact remains that Google Glass has some great applications. As the product becomes more widely available and is regarded as less of a mythical object, perhaps we will learn to love it more.

Reported by Anna Abrell

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“Google Glass smartglasses are finally available in the UK for £1,000, two years after they were extravagantly launched by skydivers in the US.”

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“IWith wearable technology slowly becoming more and more mainstream as new wearable devices are being developed and released into the market, it may not be very long before people start using them for their social media activities.

Brazilian designer and UX/UI specialist Leonardo Zem created a design concept for what Instagram might be like when viewed and accessed through the popular wearable device, Google Glass.”

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