CNET: Facebook’s Project Aria is test-driving tech for AR glasses on real-world people this year

CNET: Facebook’s Project Aria is test-driving tech for AR glasses on real-world people this year. “We won’t be wearing our magic Tony Stark AR smartglasses this year, or the year after, or maybe not even the year after that. Although Facebook is already working on smartglasses with Luxottica, those won’t be world-sensing mixed reality devices yet. But Facebook’s Project Aria is ready to start mapping the real world with a head-worn sensor array being deployed to 100 or so testers in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area starting this month.”

Amazon Echo Frames: We decided we don’t really want to wear Alexa (CNET)

CNET: Amazon Echo Frames: We decided we don’t really want to wear Alexa. “…the Day One Edition of Amazon’s Echo Frames is very much a beta product. If Amazon wants to truly lead in smart glasses, it needs to make big improvements on the frames’ sound quality, build and performance. Otherwise, the Echo Frames run the risk of joining the tech graveyard with Glass, Spectacles and the rest of them.”

Washington Post: I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.

Washington Post: I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.. “After two weeks with the $180 Echo Frames, I can report that you have to really love Alexa to want to wear it on your face. But the Frames offer a fascinating view of the state of the art in virtual assistants — and perhaps also the state of our dystopia. They’re one of Amazon’s first true ‘hearables’: wearable tech designed for hearing information, rather than seeing it.”

Ubergizmo: Apple’s AR Glasses Could Offer Enhanced Privacy For The iPhone

Ubergizmo: Apple’s AR Glasses Could Offer Enhanced Privacy For The iPhone. “According to the rumors, Apple is said to be working on a pair of AR glasses. What the company plans on doing with these glasses is unclear, but now in a patent discovered by AppleInsider, it seems that one of the potential uses for Apple’s wearable headset could be enhanced privacy for iPhone users.”

The Star: Google acquires Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses company North

The Star: Google acquires Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses company North. “Google has acquired Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses maker North. The company formerly known as Thalmic Labs announced the sale on its website, but neither company disclosed the value or terms of the deal and in an email Google Canada spokesperson Molly Morgan refused to offer specifics.”

9to5 Google: Google apps for Glass Explorer Edition will be killed in 2020 after final update

9to5 Google: Google apps for Glass Explorer Edition will be killed in 2020 after final update. “Google Glass today lives on as enterprise product for factories and other similar environments. The consumer-focussed Glass continues to work for Explorers that spent $1,500 from 2013 to 2015, but it surfaced today that many Google Glass features will be killed in February 2020.”

Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses (Mashable)

Mashable: Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses . “Augmented reality glasses from Facebook are actually happening. But we still don’t know when you’ll be able to wear a pair. At the Oculus Connect 6 event Wednesday, the Facebook-owned company confirmed AR glasses are in the works, and showed how live mapping can blend the physical world with digital imaging.”

The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous

The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous. “From train stations and concert halls to sport stadiums and airports, facial recognition is slowly becoming the norm in public spaces. But new hardware formats like these facial recognition-enabled smart glasses could make the technology truly ubiquitous, able to be deployed by law enforcement and private security any time and any place.”

Mashable: Facebook reveals more details on AR glasses in new patent

Mashable: Facebook reveals more details on AR glasses in new patent . “We may still be years away from Facebook’s augmented reality glasses becoming an actual product, but we now know a little more about how they might work. A new patent filing reveals additional details about Facebook’s AR glasses, including how they might handle audio. The patent, originally filed in January but published Thursday, describes a ‘cartilage conduction audio system for eyewear devices.'”

Ubergizmo: Apple Rumored To Begin AR Glasses Production This Year

Ubergizmo: Apple Rumored To Begin AR Glasses Production This Year. “It has been rumored for a couple of years that Apple is working on iPhone-powered augmented reality glasses. The company hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a product but a well-regarded Apple analyst is now claiming that the company could begin production of its AR glasses later this year.”