Google Glass: Companies that Stood on Google’s giant shoulders and augmented OHMDs

AWE2014 Smart Glass Face-Off Session of Key Players

Continuing from my last post on Diane Von Firstenberg's fashionable Google Glass designs that can incorporate a user's eyeglass prescription lenses into the shades, I promised I'd dive deeper into the companies that have stood on Google's giant shoulders and augmented the functionality and capabilities on OHMDs (definition below). From the Augmented World Expo 2014 I attended May 27-29 2014 in Santa Clara, I took the below photo to show you who these companies are that have extended Glass as other OHMDs ("Optical Head Mounted Display", vs. "Head ounted Display" or "Helmet Mounted Display" which is abbreviated HMD) to really do cool things. Although these companies truly do largely extend the Glass concept to work in different environments (which will be detailed in another upcoming post), in order to do this the sleek Google Glass form factor had to become bigger, and sometimes bulky and heavy. Realize all the OHMD companies below are still in beta or POC stages, albeit some of … [Read more...]

Introducing DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg) – Made for Glass

Current Google Glass for Style & Rx's

I just returned from Google I/O 2014! I have a lot of fun info, photos, & news to share with you on #wearables, #googleglass, #throughglass (a very funny story there to come!) and more Google awesomeness. 25 days ago Engaget (where you will find more announcements from Google I/O 2014) announced "Google's first fashionable Glass frames are designed by Diane Von Furstenberg". Today I received an email from Google Glass News that there is a celebration (think "launch") July 28 & 29th 2014 at DVF stores in Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, and New York where you can try them on, purchase frames and shades. Since everyone can't make it to these events, you can purchase curated combinations of DVF Made for Glass collection at NET-A-PORTER (check out how interesting this site is - it's a luxury fashion site - with Google!) Below are the styles featured on the NET-A-PORTER site: We all know that Google isn't done designing and developing the features and look on … [Read more...]

The Glass Class at the Augmented World Expo 2014

Me & Jenny Murphy

I attended "The Glass Class" with leaders Mark Billinghurst of HITLabs (Human/Computer Interface Technology), Rob Lindeman of HIVE (Human Interactions in Virtual Enviroments) Labs, Det Ansinn of BrickSimple, and Jenny Murphy, a Developer Advocate at Google focused on Google Glass and wearable technology. Short bios on the panelists are below this article. I learned A LOT about Google Glass, what to do/not to do when developing for it, the APIs to develop Glass apps with, and the many 3rd party apps that integrate with Glass. Below is a photo of the panelists: I have a couple of #throughglass short movie clips from the class (amateur quality, I guess I was too excited about what I was learning when I told Glass to "record a video"! But I'll share them with you here. The first two videos demonstrate the incredible uses of Glass in the medical field, being used TODAY. I don't know if you know this, but I work with MARC (Medical Automated Research Center) with Dr. Don Nagy, … [Read more...]

Project Tango

Project Tango Logo

Have you been hearing the buzz about "Project Tango"? I have, ever since Dave Lorenzini had one in his pocket at the Augmented World Expo (#AWE2014) and afterwards hearing that it was the best device at the conference - that said when everything there was amazing! What is Project Tango? "As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen. The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion" (source: Johnny Lee and the ATAP-Project Tango Team) Watch this great video on YouTube, "Say hello to Project … [Read more...]

3D Printed Cast That Helps Bones Heal 40-80% Faster

Osteoid 3D pRINTED Cast

It's called "Osteoid". The word "osteoid" in histology is the unmineralized, organic portion of the bone matrix that forms prior to mature bone tissue. It's extremely obvious why this invention would have that name: Osteoid was created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin. He incorporated 3D printing & ultrasonic tech to make bone healing faster. In effect, Deniz was able to get ultrasonic healing vibrations to bones by using the skeletal deign, and ultrasonic drivers are placed under the skin. It's a protoype today, but technology is making light-speed advancements in medicine. … [Read more...]

The Wearables Fashion Show at AWE2014

AWE2014 Wearables Fashion Show

One of the coolest things I saw at AWE2014 was the "Wearables Fashion Show". It's difficult to say it was one of the coolest things I saw, because everything I saw & everyone I met blew my mind! However, I did get the entire show on video, via my Google Glasses #throughglass . Enjoy it - and know that this is the tip of the iceberg! Click on the image to view the video (amateur video) … [Read more...]