Google Opens Up Glass Explorer Program to Friend Referrals, Will Intro Updated Hardware as Well

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Back in July, it was reported that Google would soon open up a few more slots for folks to enter the Glass Explorers program. Today, they have officially confirmed those plans, and have launched the ability for select Google Glass users. Going forward, each Explorer will have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to the Glass Explorers program, who will then have the ability to purchase the device and will have it shipped to them, no matter where they are.  (more…)

Google’s Newest Patent Lets Glass Users Capture Things They “Heart” In Real Life

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You may not have seen someone break out the two-handed heart symbol since the late 90′s, but Google is looking to bring it back sometime soon. The list of patents that Google has stored away for their Glass experiment is a long one, but the newest one allows users to signal Glass to save moments by putting your hands up in the heart symbol in front of you. How romantic.  (more…)

Google Glass XE10 Update Released With Transit Directions, Links in Notifications

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It’s the beginning of a new month, so to the three of you who own $1500 Google Glass explorer edition devices, a new update as build XE10 has been released. The update introduces public transit step-by-step directions for buses, street cars, subways, or any other mode available to your locale. But that’s not all, you’ll be able to tap on links in tweets, texts, emails, and more going forward and also see the images of people you are conversing with in the backgrounds of messages.  (more…)

Samsung Reportedly Working on Google Glass Competitor, Dubbed “Gear Glass”

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According to a recent tweet from industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Samsung is working to bring Gear Glass, a Google Glass competitor to the market by April or May of 2014. The idea that Samsung wants to monopolize every single tech avenue is no surprise, but could they be any less creative with a name like Gear Glass? We assume Galaxy Glass would have been more fitting, but we digress.  (more…)

Houston Zoo Uses Google Glass to Remind Us Why We Are All Scared of Snakes

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One of the coolest things about Google Glass is that we can see the world from other people’s perspectives in a way we never could before. Skydiving, bike riding and all manner of sports look different from Glass’ perspective. One view that most people don’t want to see, however, is being face first with a 5-foot long Black Forest Cobra as it rears up at you.

The snake wranglers at the Houston Zoo got some questions about how they handle their snakes and decided to use Glass to help us experience it. For people who dislike snakes, this video will probably confirm that fear. For people who did not mind snakes, being this up close and personal might change their mind.

Google Inviting Public to Come Check Out Glass, Hosting Meetups Across America

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If you can’t wait any longer to get your hands on Google Glass, the team is hitting the road and stopping by cities all across the nation to set up public demos. During these Glass meetups, you will be able to wear Glass, talk to the Glass team and ask them any questions you may have concerning the device. Just don’t ask when it’s being released. They won’t answer that. The first stop is Durham, North Carolina on October 5 at the American Tobacco Campus.  (more…)

Google Glass With “Blue” Could be a Baseball Fan’s Best Friend at the Park

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Google Glass is still unavailable to the general public, but for the developers and few enthusiasts that do have their hands on a pair of Google’s eyewear computer, big things are happening. Applications are constantly being created and tested, and the newest one, built especially for baseball fans, has definitely caught our attention.  (more…)

Google Glass XE9 Update Introduces Vignettes, YouTube Search Results, and Sound Search

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The Google Glass team released their regularly scheduled software update this afternoon, bringing with it three new features under build XE9. Explorers of Glass can use a Vignette feature that allows you to “tell stories through pictures” by capturing both photos and whatever is on your display at that specific moment. If story telling is your deal, you’ll also find YouTube videos in searches, the ability to perform sounds searches should a mysteriously awesome song be playing near you, and take advantage of the beginning steps of Google Apps integration.  (more…)