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Intel's wearable computing efforts will attempt to trump other voice recognition systems from Apple and Google by using offline processing, it has revealed. Rather than taking advantage of the cloud infrastructure, Intel plans to include voice recognition software from a third-party company on the Intel mobile processor itself, in order to quickly understand a verbal request without connecting to the Internet.
Intel has quietly been bolstering the company's New Devices Group with at least two employees who have worked on high-profile wearable computing devices, reports Intel Free Press. Steve Holmes, a former Nike FuelBand design engineer has been hired as the vice president of the New Devices Group, while Hans Moritz who previously led the development of the Oakley Airwave heads-up goggle display has only been hired recently.
Images from a patent application filed earlier this year appears to show the design for Samsung's forthcoming Gear wearable computing device. Korean site MovePlayer uncovered the application on Saturday, and the images shown in the filing may or may not be the final design for the device. It is expected that Samsung will unveil the device in the coming months.
Google's "OK, Glass" hotword to activate its wearable computing device wasn't the only phrase the search giant considered. Googler Amanda Rosenberg recently related a story about the process the Glass developer team went through to determine the correct phrase that users would say in order to activate Google Glass. Among the considered options, silly terms like "Clap On" and "Pew pew pew."
Dell may be looking towards moving into wearable computing, as the company continues to struggle against receding computer shipment figures. Global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd said that the PC producer is "exploring areas in that space," which could see Dell go against other major manufacturers in an emerging product market.
Microsoft is the latest tech giant said to be working on designs for a smartwatch. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the Redmond-based company has been working with suppliers in Asia to acquire components for a wearable computing device, though the likelihood of such a device's release is uncertain. Should a Microsoft smartwatch emerge, it might find competition from similarly rumored devices from Apple and Google, as well as a confirmed device from Samsung.
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’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.
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.
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.