VentureBeat: Yann LeCun: AR glasses will be the killer app of energy-efficient machine learning . “Facebook AI Research chief AI scientist Yann LeCun believes augmented reality glasses are an ideal challenge for machine learning (ML) practitioners — a ‘killer app’ — because they involve a confluence of unsolved problems.”
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.”
WPTV: Google Glasses records video of gun pointed at driver during road rage in Miami-Dade County. “Police in South Florida arrested a suspected gunman after Google Glasses recorded him pulling out a gun during a road-rage incident.” I guess in that kind of situation Google Glasses would beat the heck out of a dash cam.
Ars Technica: Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion. “t’s official: Google is buying Fitbit. The company announced the move in a blog post this morning, and reports say the deal is worth $2.1 billion.” I don’t feel great about this; Google does not have a good track record of successfully integrating hardware companies (NEST), and its own hardware has had its problems. I’m trying to think of a company that’s good at making hardware that isn’t primarily hardware-focused, and I’m not having any luck.
iFixit: Rebble with a Cause: How Pebble Watches Were Granted an Amazing Afterlife. “In the early summer of 2018, you could buy an Apple Watch with built-in GPS, wireless payments, and speakers that buzz water out after a swim. Meanwhile, Katharine Berry was hustling to keep five-year-old watches with black and white screens alive.”
The Register: Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope’s Click to Pray eRosary app. “The technology behind the Catholic Church’s latest innovation, an electronic rosary, is so insecure, it can be trivially hacked to siphon off worshipers’ personal information.” The article also notes that the issues are “more embarrassing than life-threatening.”
Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary. “The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to ‘address the challenges facing humanity’ through prayer. “