Google Earth Engine is a joint project between Google and NASA that allows anyone access to a 30 year time-lapse of the surface of the earth. I made a video about how amazing, terrifying, and important it is.
A new ‘human recognition system’ app can identify people in a crowd from their clothing, and overlay their name on the display of a Google Glass headset.
The system, called InSight, is part-funded by Google and was unveiled at the HotMobile technology conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia, last week. It aims to help users find their friends and be spotted themselves in busy places like shopping centres, sports stadia and airports. Face recognition systems cannot be used for this, says InSight developer Srihari Nelakuditi at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, because it is unlikely someone in a crowd will be looking straight at a headset’s camera.
In early tests, the system showed 93 percent accuracy in identifying volunteers, even with their backs turned.
Because one may ask: what does the Google Glass provide that the world hasn’t already seen? The Google Glass sports a camera with which one may capture live photos, it has Google Maps preinstalled, and it can translate one language to another. But then, a smartphone can do all of these and more. Isn’t it highly improbable and impractical that one would buy a pair of glasses just to look like a dork?
“If you look at other wearable pieces of functional technology, there’s a reason they’re not ubiquitous. There’s a reason we all make fun of someone wearing a Bluetooth or a BlackBerry holster,” said Daniella Yacobovsky, co-founder of BaubleBar, an online jewellery retailer. “Is it useful? Of course it is. Do I look like a tool? Yeah. I’m not going to wear it.”
I consider Google Glass in the same league of innovations as it brings regular activities closer to our senses and makes those activities much easier and faster to execute. What would you prefer? Saying “OK Glass. Take a photo” or taking out your phone, enabling the camera, pointing and shooting? Would you like running into the room to fetch your video camera to record the first steps of your daughter or would you prefer saying “OK Glass. Record this”?
As Google and other companies begin to build wearable technology like glasses and watches, an industry not known for its fashion sense is facing a new challenge — how to be stylish. […] In a sign of how acute the challenge is for Google, the company is negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames…
Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.
We as human beings are very visual, and for that reason, Google has unveiled the first demo video of its much-anticipated Google Glass a.k.a. Google Project Glass, dubbing it the future of “wearable technology.” So, could Glass change the course of technology?
The unveiling video showed how these “glasses” can be used to take pictures, record video, share content directly via email or social networks and get information quickly. Other features include weather reports, map directions, quickest routes and most obviously spell-checker.
February 14 is what most of you celebrate as Valentine’s Day, but Google commemorates two different events on this day – Valentine’s Day and George Ferris’ birth anniversary – with a doodle. Celebrating the day of love and the 154th anniversary of George Ferris, the man behind the original Ferris wheel, Google has posted an interactive doodle on its homepage. (via Google Doodle Celebrate Valentine’s Day With George Ferris Wheel | VividTimes)
Sergey Brin probably doesn’t ride the New York City subway that often, but when he does, he does it in style. The Google co-founder was recently spotted on the downtown 3 train, dressed in full ninja regalia and sporting his company’s Project Glass augmented reality eyewear. Brooklyn resident and AR enthusiast Noah Zerkin captured the moment late Sunday night, and apparently had a brief conversation with Brin, as well.