Wearable computing may be hard to get your head around, even for experienced developers, which is probably why so many of them are welcoming Google's new "playground" where they can see what makes a good fit.
Google isn't giving up on Google Glass, its high-tech eyeglasses, according to Chairman Eric Schmidt. In mid-January, Google announced it was ending its Glass "Explorer" program, which it launched in April 2013 to allow software developers to buy pre-production versions of Google Glass for $1,500 for testing.
Google isn't giving up on Google Glass, its high-tech eyeglasses, according to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
If I ever thought there was a possibility that Google Glass would fail before it even had a chance to succeed, it was when I started hearing people wearing them described with a term that sounds a lot like a swear word.
Researchers from MIT's Media Lab and the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing have used sensors embedded in Google Glass to measure physiological signals of a wearer, leveraging capabilities of the device's accelerometer, gyroscope and camera to monitor a user's head movements and gather pulse and respiratory rates.
Google's Glass smart eyewear has been the product that has received the most attention in that still-emerging category. Yet there are more than 16 kinds of smart glasses, many of which include SDKs for developers. Special report
If the predictions are true, we'll soon be able to see all kinds of things through "smart glasses," such as maps, notifications and maybe even new kinds of mobile games. The only thing we may not be able to see is how big--or how small--the smart glasses market will be for app developers.
A Google executive involved in the creation of the search giant's Glass connected eyewear conceded that the device is not the only solution to figuring out where the next wave of computing will go beyond smartphones.
Developers won't have to wait too much longer for Google to release a software-development kit designed to make it easier to incorporate Google's Android platform into wearable devices. Based on their reactions on Twitter, developers are eager to get their hands on it.
LAS VEGAS--Wearable computers were seemingly everywhere at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, popping up in keynotes and at booths, in the form of watches, earbuds, bracelets bands and others. However, according to analysts and executives, many of them are not quite ready for prime time in terms of function and style.