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Google's head-mounted display, Google Glass, has made it's way to the Federal Communications Commission. The developer's edition of the headset, Google Glass Explorer Edition, has appeared in filings at the FCC, suggesting that those who paid for the $1,500 display will be receiving them in the coming months.
Google has applied for a patent concerning a Project Glass-style pair of glasses with built-in bone-conducting headphones. The application, titled "Wearable Computing Device with Indirect Bone-Conduction Speaker," would theoretically allow the wearer to hear audio played from the device privately without resorting to use earphones or external speakers.
Google is holding a pair of developer events to kickstart app development for Project Glass. E-mails have been sent to developers that bought the $1,500 developer edition of the head-mounted display, inviting them to the Google Glass Foundry events, where they will be given the chance to use the device, as well as to work on how to use the system's underlying software.
Google’s Project Glass is still under development with many aspects of the product yet to be nailed down, according to an interview with Google’s Barbak Parviz by IEEE Spectrum. Although Google has previously outlined its broad plans for the device as platform for the next generation of wearable computing, Parvix also offered some additional insights into Google plans for the device. Google, he says, is working on developing Project Glass so that it allows users to quickly connect with others through images and video, while also enabling rapid access to information.
Microsoft appears to be working on its own version of Project Glass. A patent application filed at the USPTO shows a pair of glasses with an augmented reality display covering part of the field of view, though instead of being a general purpose item as Google's Glass aims to be, Microsoft's version focusses on only one specific purpose: live events.
Vuzix has revealed its upcoming wearable computer. Competing with the similar-in-appearance Project Glass from Google, the Smart Glasses M100 seems to offer most of the usability of a smartphone in a wearable format. Connectable to an Android or iOS smartphone over BlueTooth and Wi-Fi, the M100 allows wearers to take calls, read text messages and e-mail, along with other standard tasks.
The market for wearable computers will reach $1.5 billion by the year 2014, according to a recent study. The increase from the existing $800 million in sales this year will be driven by consumer spending on fitness and healthcare-related devices, which would include the likes of Google's Project Glass as well as smart watches.
Google has patented a smart watch where the front turns into a flip-up transparent touchscreen. According to the patent, the wirelessly-connected timepiece would allow the user to see notifications and messages from other devices, like other smart watches, as well as providing some of the functionality of Project Glass when using it to look at nearby objects.
Trying to push its accounting scandal behind it, Olympus has revealed an intriguing challenger to Google’s Project Glass. The MEG4.0 is a glasses-mounted head-up display that uses Bluetooth connectivity to pair with smartphones. The glasses use an Olympus ‘proprietary optical technology’ to both display images as well as give the user a clear view of their surroundings.
The Project Glass wearable computing device Google showed off last week at its developer conference will be positioned as a premium product and priced accordingly. That revelation came as part of an in-depth interview Wired conducted with two project managers behind Glass' development. The talk also yielded some information on the dimensions of the device, as well as some insight into its specifications.