Neowin: A HoloLens competitor from Google may be in the works. “Microsoft announced the HoloLens back in 2015, and its capabilities as a completely untethered Augmented Reality device still make it stand out today. However, it looks like Microsoft’s AR unit could soon be joined by an offering from Google. According to WinFuture – citing unnamed sources – the Mountain View company is working on an AR headset internally called Google A65. Unlike the HoloLens, it is said to be ARM-based, with sources pointing to the Snapdragon 603 or 605 as likely candidates.”
Google Blog: Introducing the first Daydream standalone VR headset and new ways to capture memories. “Back in January, we announced the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone virtual reality headset that runs Daydream. Alongside it, we unveiled the Lenovo Mirage Camera, the first camera built for VR180. Designed with VR capture and playback in mind, these devices work great separately and together. And both are available for purchase today.”
The Guardian: Snapchat hopes for second time lucky with new Spectacles launch. “Snap is doubling down on its hardware business, launching a new version of its Spectacles camera-glasses today with a better camera, the ability to take still images and water resistance. The new model comes as Snapchat attempts to recover from the disappointing long-term fate of the first generation, which gathered attention – and long queues – when they were launched in extremely limited quantities in November 2016, but failed to sell in large numbers when they were eventually released on general sale.”
Variety: New Version of Snap’s Spectacles Pops Up in FCC Filing . “Snapchat’s corporate parent Snap Inc. may be getting ready to release a new version of its Spectacles wearable device soon: On late Tuesday, the FCC published a new filing made by the company for a ‘wearable video camera.’ Snap didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”
TechCrunch: Snapchat is stuck in the uncanny valley of AR glasses. “‘Timing’, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said cryptically when asked what the greatest threat was for Snap Inc. ‘I think the big risks are always the really big product ideas that we’re investing in that are just hard to get right’ he told the Goldman Sachs conference two weeks ago.”
TechCrunch: Snap reportedly working on new Spectacles, including two-camera version. “Snap, Inc. calls itself a ‘camera company’ so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that it’s working on new versions of its Spectacles hardware (especially since we reported just that last June). But a new report from Cheddar has surprised some with news that Snap is working on a refresh of their hardware´set to launch later this year, as well as a two-camera version planned for 2019.”
TechCrunch: Get smart about smart glasses: here are 15 companies building futuristic AR eyewear. Warning: this is a slideshow. I’m including it because it’s an interesting slideshow, but I know some of you hate them.