Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on the bench during an NBA game? One way to find out is to practice your dribbling and shooting skills until you get drafted or noticed and signed by one of the 30 teams. Even then it's a long shot that all that hard work will pay off, so if you're looking for a different way, tune in to watch the Sacramento Kings go up against the Indiana Pacers on January 24, 2014. Unlike any previous NBA game, the upcoming matchup will feature the Kings and other personnel wearing Google Glass on the sidelines.
Google on Tuesday provided a glimpse of how the world looks and feels through the eyes of someone wearing its Glass eyegear. The Google Glass project, if you're not already familiar, is an augmented reality heads mounted display (HMD) that displays information about the world around you. It lets you interact with the environment using voice commands, similar to using a smartphone.
One of the many technologies Google talked about yesterday on Day 1 of its three-day Google I/O conference is Project Glass, a wearable computer of sorts that essentially integrates the functions of a smartphone into a pair of slim glasses. A rather exhilarating demo showed a series of stunts captured on video by people wearing the glasses, from skydiving over San Francisco to scaling Moscone Center, and you can't help but get at least a little excited seeing the technology come to fruition right before your eyes. We're not talking 10 years from now, either. In fact, programmers attending the conference have the option of pre-ordering an "Explorer Edition" prototype for $1,500, which will ship out early next year.
If you're a Ubuntu Linux user, there's a new entry on your to-do list for today: downloading Ubuntu 12.04 (aka "Precise Pangolin"), the just-dropped long-term support release for the operating system. That means it gets five full years of bug fixes and updates, and it brings a host of improvements and fresh features to the OS -- including upgrades to its divisive Unity interface.
Google's Sergey Brin had better be careful; while he's busy staring ahead through rose-colored Google Glasses, famous glasses-maker Oakley is gunning for Google's back with a virtual glasses project of its own. Actually, according to Oakley CEO Colin Baden, Oakley's had its eyes on the technology since 1997.
They're real, and they look spectacular! Back in February, we reported that both 9 to 5 Google and The New York Times claimed to be hearing rumors about devices we cheerfully dubbed "Google Glasses:" Oakley-esque glasses sporting a HUD and all other kinds of useful technology. Today, that rumor became reality when Google unveiled "Project Glass," from the Google[x] division responsible for those self-driving cars.
Is reaching into your pocket to snag your smartphone just too much work? Did you ever want to see the world through the eyes of a video game character? Am I asking too many questions? If you answered "Yes" to any of those, you'll be jazzed by the following sentence. Apparently, the long-rumored "Google Glasses" -- Google-built shades with a HUD and all kinds of cool connectivity features -- could be on track to launch later this year, and for less cash than you might have expected. Game on!
Windows 8 isn't the only upcoming operating system that's kicking traditional GUI models to the curb. Ubuntu Linux is getting in on the paradigm-breaking action with the introduction of "The HUD" (yes, that means Heads-Up Display) in the next version of Ubuntu. No, Ubuntu's HUD has nothing to do with tracking ammo or teammates; instead, it's a new "Vocabulary UI" that aims to crush, kill and eventually replace the standard file menus we've used for over 30 years.