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We’re more than a quarter of the way through 2012, and as you may have noticed, we have failed to acquire silver jumpsuits or jetpacks. In fact, aside from that headset in your ear, smartphone in your pocket and tablet in your purse, everything is looking quite boringly un-futuristic.
But if Google has its way, we will start wearing some very science fiction-like glasses by year’s end.
The search giant’s research arm launched a Google+ page Wednesday for Project Glass, its augmented reality glasses project. The page revealed that Google researchers have started testing the glasses, with an Android-run heads-up display, that the New York Times suggested Google will start to sell this year for roughly the cost of a regular smartphone.
[Update: a Google spokesperson has indicated to Mashable that the company selling the glasses this year would be “extremely unlikely.”]
The page also contains one of those “here’s what the future will look like” videos, to explain the concept better than words can. Check it out:
Cleverly, the video’s first-person point of view dodges one of the main problems with the glasses — that you may look kind of dumb wearing them. The pictures shared on the page all show largely glass-free frames with what appears to be a projector on one side.
Think of a kind of monocular Geordi LaForge, and you’re almost there.
But it’s the look of the thing that appears to be what the researchers are interested in getting your feedback on. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” reads the post from Google X employees including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun. “What would you like to see from Project Glass?”
That’s what we’re curious about too. Let us know in the comments.
via Chris Taylor
Ubisoft has confirmed that the new Assassin’s Creed game will take place during the revolutionary war and will see a new protagonist donning the series iconic hooded ensemble. The company has also released the official boxart for the game set to be released this October.
The news began as a rumor earlier, this week when a Best Buy employee leaked some concept art of the new protagonist standing in front of a colonial flag. More evidence appeared Wednesday night when Game Informer briefly posted a banner ad promoting the game featuring the same as-yet-unnamed main character standing next to George Washington.
Not much has been revealed about the new game besides the setting, but Ubisoft has confirmed that it will continue to follow the secret war between the Knights Templar and the Assissins that was established in the earlier titles of the series. Ubisoft has scheduled a press conference for next Monday where we’ll presumably learn more about the game before it’s launch later this year.
By David Daw
The 41-megapixel camera in Nokia’s 808 PureView smartphone stunned the tech world last week, but not the phone itself, which is saddled with an aging Symbian operating system. Fortunately, Nokia says it’s bringing the same camera technology to Windows Phones.
Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, told the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti that a Windows Phone with PureView camera technology won’t take very long to make, but she wouldn’t say precisely when Nokia would release such a device.
As WPCentral speculates, a PureView-powered Windows Phone could arrive once Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8, code-named Apollo.
Microsoft and Nokia would likely have to work together on a software solution for the camera, which uses digital zoom and cropping to shoot sharp pictures even at faraway distances. Although the camera can capture up to 38-megapixel images, most users will want to snap smaller pictures — say, around 8 megapixels — using the finer detail as a replacement for optical zoom.
Because the technology has been in the making for five years, Nokia decided to stick with Symbian for the first PureView phone. But with Nokia slowly phasing out Symbian in favor of Windows Phone, the migration of PureView technology to Microsoft’s operating system isn’t a big surprise.
as said by Jared Newmen