Google’s wearable computing platform is still in its infancy. Right now folks who spent $1500 on Google Glass Explorer Edition devices can basically ask for directions, look up a few things, do a little web surfing, and run a handful of apps.
But eventually Google Glass could change the way we look at the world — literally.
A developer is showing off an early demo of augmented reality software for Google Glass that can overlay digital content on top of real-world content. This could theoretically let you see restaurant menus when you look at a restaurant window, see information about artwork hanging on the wall at a museum, or translate text on a street sign overlaid on top of the original language.
Right now the software’s still in a very early stage, and doesn’t quite work in real-time. But it could be a sign of things to come.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Google Glass gets even more futuristic w/augmented reality demo
As if wearing a head-up display in front of your eye wasn’t sci-fi enough for you, a developer is working on augmented reality apps that’ll match digital items to your real-world environment. For instance you could see information about the buildings you’re looking at while you’re looking at them, or view translations text on street or store signs right on the signs. [SlashGear]
- Has Ubuntu lost its influence in the Linux community, gained acceptance in the mass market, or both/neither?
Canonical has proven almost as good at generating controversy as the company has been at developing one of the world’s most popular GNU/Linux operating systems in recent years. Some recent moves to make the software more accessible to the masses have upset long-time users — but whether Ubuntu is good or bad for the Linux community, at least you can’t argue that Canonical is playing things safe. [TechRadar]
- Rockchip quietly introduced a smaller ARM Cortex-A9 dual core CPU called the RK3068
Rockchip’s RK3068 processor looks a lot like the RK3066 chip on paper. It’s a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with ARM Mali 400 graphics. But it’s smaller, features less powerful graphics, and supports 3G modules. [CNX Software]
- Microsoft releases Outlook app for iPhone, iPad
Outlook Web App is now available for iOS devices, bringing the company’s email, calendar, and contact apps to Apple’s mobile products, along with support for Exchange ActiveSync. The app’s free… but you’ll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. [Office]
- HTC’s “little things that pack a big punch” suggests an HTC One Mini could be on the way
HTC’s expected to launch a smaller (and probably cheaper) version of its popular HTC One smartphone soon. The only good explanation for this infographic is that the company’s getting ready to announce something small. [HTC]
Rumor: Next-gen Acer Iconia W3 to feature a better display
The Acer Iconia W3 is the first 8 inch Windows 8 tablet, and at less than $400, it’s priced to move. But Acer cut one important corner: the Iconia W3 has a pretty lousy display with very limited viewing angles. Now there’s word that a next-gen model is already in the works, featuring an IPS display with wide viewing angles. [TabletGuide.nl] Update: Yeah, not so much.
- Toshiba’s new Exceria SD cards over r/w speeds up to 260MB/s, 240MB/s
Most SD cards and other flash media offer fast enough read and write speeds to watch some HD videos on your laptop or snap images with your digital camera (although serious photographers look for faster cards which help when shooting large, uncompressed images). But Toshiba’s new cards offer the kind of speeds you’d expect from an SSD, not a removable card. [Toshiba]