Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
A group of bullies allegedly attacked a woman for wearing Google Glass at a Bay Area bar this week.
The woman, Sarah Slocum, was at Molotov’s on Haight Street showing someone her Google Glass, CBS reports. Then, two women confronted her, and a man ripped the Glass off her face. Someone also stole her purse and phone, CBS said.
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In a serious case of IT’S ABOUT GOSH DARN TIME, Google has finally released an etiquette guide for acceptable Glass-wearing behavior.
Google wrote the guide based on advice it collected from its esteemed class of “Explorers,” a.k.a. all those geeks strutting around smugly because they got face computers before everybody else.
In case you were worrying that the airport checkin experience couldn’t become anymore invasive, Virgin Atlantic is going to alleviate those fears. The airline announced last night that it’s integrating Google Glass into the “passenger experience” as part of a trial program.
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen couldn’t handle the attention so he pulled the popular game offline. [Gizmodo]
Everyone settle down, the NYPD only has two pairs of Google Glass on hand and aren’t deployed in the field. [WSJ]
After his obnoxious comments about blaming “distressed babies” for rising costs, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong reversed his stance on the company’s 401(k) plan. [Washington Post]
Just 20 percent of traffic to Wikipedia is delivered via mobile devices and they’re trying to fix that. [New York Times]
There’s a trailer for HBO’s new Silicon Valley-themed show, uh, Silicon Valley. It’s very Mike Judge which is a good thing. [Recode]
A new piece of wearable technology streams high-quality video directly into your eyes, and doesn’t make you look quite as much like a wiener as you do with Google Glass.
Avegant’s new product Glyph looks like a pair of ordinary noise-canceling headphones, except the band connecting the two ear pieces stretches across your eyes, instead of over the top of your head, making you look like some kind of creature from Star Wars. Using a technology called virtual retinal display (basically, a display with no screen), Glyph—which has raised a ton of funding through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign—projects video into your eyes that looks totally un-pixellated and freakishly real.
The New York Police Department could soon become an army of glassholes. It has received several pairs of the $1,500 face computers and is evaluating them to see if they can fit into the intelligence unit’s method of tracking criminals, Read More
The future is here for the visually impaired. Google announced today that glasses wearers can finally use the $1,500 face computer by clipping them on to specially made prescription lenses with frames created by the company.
Although Glass hasn’t publicly launched yet, Google is selling the frames to Explorers on its website. They cost an extra $225 and come in four BlackBerry-approved titles, including Bold, Curve, Thin and Split. There are also two tinted lens types, but it doesn’t appear Transitions is included.
As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in public—or ever, actually—an Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer.
The man’s full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but we’ll summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before you’re engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm.
At first, we were excited to hear that Google was finally developing a smart contact lens. At last, we thought, we’ll be able to get all the benefits of Google Glass without looking like a complete and utter ass hat.
But sadly, you won’t be able to use Google’s new lenses for finding the nearest Jewish deli or detecting your whiny girlfriend’s emotions. They’re actually only meant for people with diabetes, and are designed to read the user’s blood sugar by measuring the glucose levels in their tears.