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.
Bloomberg: New Google Headset, Camera Aim to Spread VR Beyond Gaming. “Virtual reality devices are still mostly purchased by a niche market: gamers. Google wants to change that. The Alphabet Inc. unit released a new VR headset with Lenovo Group Ltd. on Tuesday, along with specialized cameras to support the technology.”
The Hindu: Google Glass returns as aid to autistic kids. “Those who declared Google Glass a failure perhaps spoke too soon as it is now resurfacing as a tool to help children with autism improve their social skills. A Massachusetts-based company has developed a system for autism that runs on Google Glass, including the newly released Glass Enterprise Edition. Brain Power, the developer, launched the ‘Empower Me’ system earlier this month. It is a digital coach that runs on smartglasses, to empower children and adults with autism to teach themselves social and cognitive skills.”
Washington Post: I tried out Google’s translating headphones. Here’s what I found.. “Google has set out to make its mark on the headphone world with Pixel Buds — wireless headphones that can control your phone and that claim to translate conversations in real time. But how do they stack up? Google sent us a pair to review to find out.”
Digital Trends: Google Daydream View 2 vs. Oculus Go — which will be the better VR experience?. “With all the different options out there, planning your entrance into VR content might be a little confusing at this point. Hopefully, our Google Daydream View 2 vs. Oculus Go explanation will help ease some of the mental pain and provide some clarity about which is best for you.”
Mashable: Snap’s unsold Spectacles go on sale in east London . “They were supposed to change the snapping game forever, and maybe they did, but Snap’s Spectacles caused a staggering $40 million loss on unsold devices to the company. To try to get rid of some of those Spectacles — which, according to reports, are sitting in a warehouse in China by the hundreds of thousands — Snap has announced it will sell them in a pop-up shop in east London.” But still pricing them at $129? Yeah, that makes sense. Sure it does.
TechCrunch: Why Snapchat Spectacles failed. “Snap did some things right with Spectacles. The fashion photo spread announcement felt classy and surprising despite clues and photos of CEO Evan Spiegel trickling out ahead. The initial launch was a marketing extravaganza, with multi-hour lines of cool kids waiting on the Venice Beach boardwalk to buy them. And the Snapbots being dropped in random locations was exciting and made people feel special if they got ahold of them. But once people put them on their face, the excitement died off. Here’s a breakdown of the major flaws that emerged with Spectacles in the year since their debut, with a focus on the stilted launch strategy…” Really thorough.