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.
Gizmodo: It Sounds Like Snap Spectacles Turned Into a Massive Boondoggle. “This is kind of a sad story. In November, Snap Inc blew everybody’s mind by releasing a surprisingly interesting piece of hardware. The camera-equipped sunglasses called Spectacles worked with Snapchat and looked cool. But a year later, the company reportedly has ‘hundreds of thousands’ of unsold Spectacles sitting in warehouses in China. It’s unclear if any of them will ever see the light of day.”
TechCrunch: Consumer report warns over safety of kids’ smartwatches. “A report by an EU consumer watchdog has flagged up myriad problems with smartwatches designed for children, including security flaws, privacy concerns, and risks posed by unreliable features.”