NPR: Google Glass Didn’t Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor. “Remember Google Glass? They’re the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that’s not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market. But now, it’s getting a second life in the manufacturing industry.”
SiteProNews: Google Partners With Levi’s on High-Tech Jean Jacket. “Google has a new take on wearables. The tech titan has teamed up with retail heavyweight Levi’s to produce a technology-enhanced denim jacket that gives the wearer the ability to connect to a number of services, such as music or maps, directly from the garment.” Only (!) $350.
Google has apparently patented a camera hat. “Budding paparazzi rejoice. A new patent filed Tuesday by Google reveals what could become the newest tool for grabbing candid shots of the Kardashian clan — although that particular use case isn’t mentioned in the document.” I can see this being useful for work.
Want to buy Snapchat Spectacles? Are you in the US? then you’re in luck. “The $130 glasses, which allow wearers to take circular videos and post them to their Snapchat accounts, are now available on Spectacles.com. Before, the glasses were sold through vending machines which popped up in major metro areas around the country, as well as a store in Manhattan.”
It looks like Snap will widen the availability of Spectacles. “We’re not sure how Snap plans to increase the availability, whether it be by selling it through its website, third-party retailers, or if they will set up permanent locations, but if you’ve been eyeing the device, this year could be your year to get your hands on it.”
Consumerist: Did You Get A Gadget For Christmas? It’s Time To Opt Out Of Mandatory Arbitration!. “Did you receive any fun gadgets as holiday gifts? If so, it’s time to check read over that user agreement most people usually ignore to see if you have signed away your legal rights, or if you still have a chance to protect your right to a day in court.”
LA Times: What it’s like wearing Snapchat Spectacles. This is a really, really extensive article and has an accompanying video. “For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space. Spectacles — the debut camera from Los Angeles start-up Snap Inc. — might be the first capture device ever sold with most technical specifications withheld.”