Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary

Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary. “The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to ‘address the challenges facing humanity’ through prayer. “

Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over

Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over. “Google is bringing the Daydream VR experiment to a close. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it announced today don’t support the platform, and it won’t sell Daydream View headsets anymore. The Daydream app and store will still work for people with other Pixel devices, however.”

Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses (Mashable)

Mashable: Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses . “Augmented reality glasses from Facebook are actually happening. But we still don’t know when you’ll be able to wear a pair. At the Oculus Connect 6 event Wednesday, the Facebook-owned company confirmed AR glasses are in the works, and showed how live mapping can blend the physical world with digital imaging.”

Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses

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

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

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

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”

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.

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.”

Mashable: Facebook announces $399 Oculus Rift S to launch in spring

Mashable: Facebook announces $399 Oculus Rift S to launch in spring. “The $399 Rift S isn’t a minor upgrade. With new features such as built-in cameras and sensors for tracking your hands in the virtual world, improved image quality, and a new head strap design that makes long-term wear more comfortable, the Rift S is everything the original should have been.”

Ubergizmo: Apple Rumored To Begin AR Glasses Production This Year

Ubergizmo: Apple Rumored To Begin AR Glasses Production This Year. “It has been rumored for a couple of years that Apple is working on iPhone-powered augmented reality glasses. The company hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a product but a well-regarded Apple analyst is now claiming that the company could begin production of its AR glasses later this year.”

The Verge: Google Glass’ second-gen enterprise model leaks with updated specs and USB-C

The Verge: Google Glass’ second-gen enterprise model leaks with updated specs and USB-C. “Google Glass may not have exactly set the world on fire with its vision of an augmented reality, wearable future, but it got a second life back in 2017 with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition. And now, leaks for the second-generation model of that enterprise version are starting to appear, with Google set to add boosted specs and a USB-C port, via 9to5Google.”

Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras

Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras. “Snap, the company behind Snapchat, took a $40 million hit on the first Spectacles as it overestimated demand for the product. It launched Spectacles 2 earlier this year and was more conservative with the orders. According to a report, it’s now working on a new version of the Spectacles which will be more expensive at $350 and feature two cameras.”

Motherboard: How I Lost and Regained Control of My Microchip Implant

Motherboard: How I Lost and Regained Control of My Microchip Implant. “If I had a single piece of advice for anyone thinking about getting an NFC chip implant it would be to do it sober. For starters, the piercer probably won’t even give you the implant if they suspect you’re intoxicated for reasons involving consent and safety (alcohol thins your blood, which is also why you shouldn’t get a tattoo while drunk.) But more importantly, you won’t wake up the next morning with a splitting headache and absolutely no idea how to unlock your hand.”