Washington Post: I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.

Washington Post: I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.. “After two weeks with the $180 Echo Frames, I can report that you have to really love Alexa to want to wear it on your face. But the Frames offer a fascinating view of the state of the art in virtual assistants — and perhaps also the state of our dystopia. They’re one of Amazon’s first true ‘hearables’: wearable tech designed for hearing information, rather than seeing it.”

Ubergizmo: Apple’s AR Glasses Could Offer Enhanced Privacy For The iPhone

Ubergizmo: Apple’s AR Glasses Could Offer Enhanced Privacy For The iPhone. “According to the rumors, Apple is said to be working on a pair of AR glasses. What the company plans on doing with these glasses is unclear, but now in a patent discovered by AppleInsider, it seems that one of the potential uses for Apple’s wearable headset could be enhanced privacy for iPhone users.”

Purdue University: Google fixes smartwatch security problem discovered by Purdue researchers

Purdue University: Google fixes smartwatch security problem discovered by Purdue researchers. “Purdue University researchers uncovered a serious vulnerability in Google’s Wear OS smartwatches. If left unpatched, the vulnerability could have allowed an attacker to crash specific apps, make the app or the watch unresponsive, or cause the watch to reboot continuously beyond the user’s control.”

Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech. “Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate. The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus.”

Mashable: Facebook reveals the future of VR headsets, and it’s more ‘CSI Miami’ than ‘Tron’

Mashable: Facebook reveals the future of VR headsets, and it’s more ‘CSI Miami’ than ‘Tron’. “Immersing yourself in virtual reality can feel like a sci-fi fantasy come true, but bulky, cumbersome VR headsets almost make it more trouble than it’s worth. There have been various attempts to slim down VR headsets, such as Dlodlo’s lightweight V One headset and Panasonic’s prototype goggles shown at CES 2020. Now Facebook has revealed its own glasses-like prototype headset with a display measuring 8.9 mm thick — about the same thickness as a smartphone.”

The Star: Google acquires Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses company North

The Star: Google acquires Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses company North. “Google has acquired Kitchener-Waterloo-based smart glasses maker North. The company formerly known as Thalmic Labs announced the sale on its website, but neither company disclosed the value or terms of the deal and in an email Google Canada spokesperson Molly Morgan refused to offer specifics.”

Complex: Here’s the ‘Smart Ring’ NBA Players Will Wear to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms While in Orlando

Complex: Here’s the ‘Smart Ring’ NBA Players Will Wear to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms While in Orlando. “Included in the NBA’s plan to restart the 2019-2020 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando is that players will be given the option to wear Oura smart rings to detect if and when they begin showing symptoms of COVID-19.”

VentureBeat: Bluetooth bracelets are an identity-blind option for digital contact tracing

VentureBeat: Bluetooth bracelets are an identity-blind option for digital contact tracing. “Bluetooth tags are standalone Bluetooth radios that can be deployed in wearable bracelets. Thanks to recent developments in IoT technology, Bluetooth bracelets can cost just a dollar or two and run for 10 years on a coin cell battery. Therefore, in areas where people don’t own or operate smartphones, governments can affordably deploy Bluetooth bracelets. Ideally, Bluetooth bracelets and smartphones can complement each other in enabling an effective digital tracing solution.”

The Register: COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

The Register: COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away. “COVID-19 is spurring new types of wearable hardware. Exhibit A: a startup named Nodle has cooked up a ‘smart wearable’ that bakes the third-party contact-tracing the ‘Whisper tracing protocol’ and Bluetooth into a device said to be wearable as a necklace or clipped onto your garments.”

South China Morning Post: Hangzhou park security uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever

South China Morning Post: Hangzhou park security uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever. “Roving security staff at Hongyuan Park, part of the Xixi Wetland preserve in Hangzhou in eastern China, now have the power to quickly detect the body temperature of all park visitors from a distance of up to 1 metre, thanks to ‘non-contact thermal augmented reality’ smart glasses supplied by AI start-up Rokid Corp.”

Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine

Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine. “You probably didn’t buy your smartwatch planning to make music on it – particularly, it has to be said, a Google-powered smartwatch – but it turns out that high-tech timepieces that run the company’s Wear OS contain a hidden drum machine.”

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables. “The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), launched last September by Nextbridge Health, Shimmer Research and Dr. Vincent van Hees, announced that it is now ‘actively soliciting’ open-source software and datasets from wearable sensors and other connected health technologies. The group wants to create a platform from which researchers and care providers can share digital health source codes and algorithms.” I didn’t understand mHealth in this context; apparently it just means “mobile health.”

Neowin: Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase

Neowin: Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase. “After announcing the product last May, Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase for anyone. Previously, certain partners could grab one to start developing solutions for businesses, but now Google is aiming it at all developers.” Oh, I so could have used these in my last job…

Yann LeCun: AR glasses will be the killer app of energy-efficient machine learning (VentureBeat)

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.”