Bremen University: Making Better Use of Smartwatches and Smartglasses at Work

Bremen University: Making Better Use of Smartwatches and Smartglasses at Work . “Wearables are digital assistance systems worn on the body during work. They provide assistance to companies in assembly or repair, and collect a large amount of sensitive, personal data. There are numerous promising applications for this data, including process optimization or error prevention. However, this potential has yet to be fully realized.”

Hackaday: OpenJewelry, No Pliers Required

Hackaday: OpenJewelry, No Pliers Required. “Whereas some people might simply lament the lack of a (stable) Thingiverse-type site for, say, jewelry designs, those people aren’t Hackaday’s own [Adam Zeloof]. With nowhere to share designs among engineering-oriented friends, [Adam] took the initiative and created OpenJewelry, a site for posting open-source jewelry and wearable art designs as well as knowledge about techniques, materials, and processes.”

Tom’s Guide: Google AR glasses could have a clear advantage — here’s why

Tom’s Guide: Google AR glasses could have a clear advantage — here’s why. “Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh has confirmed the company has acquired Raxium, a five-year old startup specializing in Micro LED technology. The company claims that its display tech is five times more efficient than the current record holder. If true, that could prove to be a huge boon for augmented reality devices.”

The Verge: Mark Zuckerberg’s Augmented Reality

The Verge: Mark Zuckerberg’s Augmented Reality. “Zuckerberg may have big hopes for smart glasses, but the near-term reality of the technology is far less lofty. The demonstrations during Zuckerberg’s Meta presentation, such as playing virtual chess on a real table with someone’s avatar, weren’t based on any functioning hardware or software. And Meta doesn’t yet have a working, wearable prototype of its planned AR glasses but rather a stationary demonstration that sits on a table.”

KnowTechie: Meta finally adds parental supervision tools in its VR headset

KnowTechie: Meta finally adds parental supervision tools in its VR headset. “Meta is bringing parental supervision tools to its Meta Quest VR headsets, almost three years after the first release. Three years! Now, concerned parents can limit what can be accessed on the headsets, but the features aren’t quite ready yet. Instead, parents will have to wait as Meta gradually rolls out its supervision tools. The first feature will be an expansion of the existing unlock pattern, starting in April.”

Laptop Magazine: Google-inspired smart glasses for the blind adds eye-catching new features — here’s how it works

Laptop Magazine: Google-inspired smart glasses for the blind adds eye-catching new features — here’s how it works. “AI-powered smart glasses, tailor-made for the blind and visually impaired, made a splash in the adaptive tech industry when Envision, an award-winning assistive technology innovator, debuted the snazzy, tech-infused eyewear at the 2020 CSUN Conference. Today, Envision announced that it packed its high-tech spectacles with brand spankin’ new, eye-catching features that will enhance the day-to-day lives of low-vision users.”

The Verge: Meta reportedly breaks up the 300-person team that was building a hybrid VR / AR OS

The Verge: Meta reportedly breaks up the 300-person team that was building a hybrid VR / AR OS. “Meta has reportedly broken up the around 300-person team tasked with working on an OS for AR and VR headsets, moving some of the engineers to teams working on AR glasses and Oculus (er, Quest) headsets, according to a report by The Information. This comes after recent reports — which Meta denied at the time — that the company had halted work on the team’s project creating a unified custom operating system for its VR and AR headsets.”

New York Times: Air Force taps Clearview AI to research face-identifying augmented reality glasses.

New York Times: Air Force taps Clearview AI to research face-identifying augmented reality glasses.. “The U.S. Air Force is looking into keeping its airfields safer with help from the facial recognition start-up Clearview AI. The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Clearview $49,847 to research augmented reality glasses that could scan faces to help with security on bases.”

The Verge: Google Is Building An AR Headset

The Verge: Google Is Building An AR Headset. “The search giant has recently begun ramping up work on an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that it hopes to ship in 2024, according to two people familiar with the project who requested anonymity to speak without the company’s permission. Like forthcoming headsets from Meta and Apple, Google’s device uses outward-facing cameras to blend computer graphics with a video feed of the real world, creating a more immersive, mixed reality experience than existing AR glasses from the likes of Snap and Magic Leap.”

Mashable: Meta is being investigated for alleged Oculus anti-trust violations

Mashable: Meta is being investigated for alleged Oculus anti-trust violations. “Mark Zuckerberg can change his company’s name all he wants, but that won’t stop the government from looking into its business practices. The latest round of government probes into the company now known as Meta actually centers on Oculus, its VR hardware and software subsidiary, per Bloomberg. The FTC along with the state governments of New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee have spoken to VR developers about alleged antitrust violations.”

Gizmodo: After Years of Dragging Its Arse, Google Will Finally Add Left-Handed Support to Wear OS

Gizmodo: After Years of Dragging Its Arse, Google Will Finally Add Left-Handed Support to Wear OS. “Google had all but abandoned its smartwatch platform until Samsung stepped in last year to help build Wear OS 3. Now the company finally seems open to tackling the problems its user have been complaining about for years, starting with support for left-handed users.”

The Verge: Meta reportedly canceled a 300-person VR / AR operating system project

The Verge: Meta reportedly canceled a 300-person VR / AR operating system project. “Meta reportedly pulled the plug on a custom operating system that was supposed to power upcoming virtual and augmented reality headsets, although its full reasoning and future plans still aren’t clear, and the company has denied it’s scaling back its overall OS efforts. The Information reported the news today, saying the company formerly named Facebook suspended development of a project called XROS — named after XR, an umbrella term for AR / VR — in November.”