Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.
MakeUseOf: How to Make Your Own DIY Google Cardboard VR Headset . “Smartphone-based VR headsets are all the rage, from heavy plastic units to lightweight cardboard devices. But what if you’re on a budget, or need something quicker than the mailman can deliver? The smart answer is to make your own Google Cardboard VR goggles.”
The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous. “From train stations and concert halls to sport stadiums and airports, facial recognition is slowly becoming the norm in public spaces. But new hardware formats like these facial recognition-enabled smart glasses could make the technology truly ubiquitous, able to be deployed by law enforcement and private security any time and any place.”
Mashable: Facebook reveals more details on AR glasses in new patent . “We may still be years away from Facebook’s augmented reality glasses becoming an actual product, but we now know a little more about how they might work. A new patent filing reveals additional details about Facebook’s AR glasses, including how they might handle audio. The patent, originally filed in January but published Thursday, describes a ‘cartilage conduction audio system for eyewear devices.'”
Quartz: An MIT researcher demonstrated how we can now search the internet through a wearable “sticker”. “At the TED conference last week, MIT Media Lab’s Arnav Kapur showed that we might be one step closer to becoming cyborgs. For the first time, the 24-year old intelligence augmentation researcher conducted a live public demo of AlterEgo, his wearable device that allows users to access the internet or any computing device without typing or using our voice.”
Boing Boing: Your kid’s “smart watch” lets anyone in the world trace their location. Again.. Warning: there is some swearing in the article and I bet after you read it you’ll want to swear too. “Tictoctrack is a rebadged Gator watch — the ones that had to fix a glaring API flaw that Pen Test Partners published on in January — but because it has its own back-end, one that keeps all kid-data onshore in Australia, it has its own grotesque security defects.”
Reuters: Google glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions. “Children with autism may have an easier time reading facial expressions and navigating social interactions when they use Google Glass paired with a smartphone app, a small experiment suggests.”