Posts Tagged ‘Google Glass’

Smart Glasses Don’t Have Consumer Vote Yet

gglassGot your Smart Glasses on today? If not, you’re very much not alone. According to a report published this month by Juniper Research, Smart Glasses: Consumer, Enterprise and Healthcare Strategies and Forecasts 2014-2019, smart glass shipments are “unlikely to exceed 10 million per annum until 2018.”

What’s holding back one of the early entrants in the wearables sector? The report cites “emerging privacy concerns, dismissal of the initial devices as ugly and, most importantly, questions about exactly how useful the devices are in day-to-day life. While there is an active development community for smart glasses, no developers have precise answers as to how the devices will improve the lives of consumers.”

There is enterprise interest, it notes, but because businesses are more likely to share devices among users rather than buy them in bulk for everyone, “this will result in high investment but low shipment volumes to the enterprise for the next five years.”

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Studio Ousia Envisions A World Of Semantic Augmented Reality

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Ikuya Yamada, co-founder and CTO of Studio Ousia, the company behind Linkify – the technology to automatically extract certain keywords and add intelligent hyperlinks to them to accelerate mobile search – recently sat down with The Semantic Web Blog to discuss the company’s work, including its vision of Semantic AR (augmented reality).

The Semantic Web Blog: You spoke at last year’s SEEDS Conference on the subject of linking things and information and the vision of Semantic AR, which includes the idea of delivering additional information to users before they even launch a search for it. Explain your technology’s relation to that vision of finding and delivering the information users need while they are consuming content – even just looking at a word.

Yamada: The main focus of our technology is extracting accurately only a small amount of interesting keywords from text [around people, places, or things]. …We also develop a content matching system that matches those keywords with other content on the web – like a singer [keyword] with a song or a location [keyword] with a map. By combining keyword extraction and the content matching engine, we can augment text using information on the web.

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Leaders in HIT Discuss Their New Year’s Resolutions


David Carr of Information Week recently wrote, “In 2014, healthcare technology leaders will be wishing, and working, for improvement in the healthcare system and the technologies to support it. I asked 10 CIOs and other health tech leaders for one or two pithy thoughts about what they would like to see in the new year. Here are their responses — some as bullet points and others as longer prose — via email, lightly edited.”


John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center told Carr, “2014 will be a turning point for healthcare IT as we finish a large number of regulatory mandates — ICD10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and Affordable Care Act requirements. Read more

Your Holiday Shopping Guide: AI, NLP, And Smart Glass Gifts Too

The holiday shopping window is starting to close. How far along have you gotten?

To help out, we’ve compiled a list of some gift-giving ideas with a little bit of smarts to them.

rsz_ankiAnki DRIVE: Artificial intelligence comes to the video game world. This one’s getting a lot of buzz – some are even heralding it as the season’s hottest toy. TIME Magazine has put it on its Top 25 innovations list, too. Each car, the company says, thinks for itself. The recipient of your gift can control it with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini to go up against friends or AI-enabled opponents, but the car can drive itself and make its own decisions as it does so, becoming more sophisticated the more you drive and even deciding to take out players. The game comes with a physical track, two intelligent cars and the downloadable Anki DRIVE app. Check out the video here.

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Why Search is in Vogue

Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Search is strongly featured in the all-important September issue of Vogue, which includes a 10-page layout of models wearing Google Glass, along with an in-depth feature on Yahoo CEO, Marissa Meyer, looking simply stunning and chic. Google Glass and the latest trends in search are now so hot that they are no longer considered geeky but rather cool and hip. Technology (and fashion) are all about providing you with the next thing you can’t live without. If we look to this month’s Vogue as a harbinger of must-have things to come in the world of search, we can deduce that the next generation of search — semantic search — will soon be essential for marketers.” Read more

Google Glass, Small Business, & the Internet of Things

Ron Callari of InventorSpot recently discussed the role Google Glass could take in small business. He writes, “The small business folk I’m thinking would gravitate to Glass are journalists and bloggers who would be able to report instantaneously while on a remote assignment, in advance of returning to their computers. Store owners with the use of QR codes would be able to promote specials and discounted promos to consumers who are passing their shops. Imagine being able to conduct a meeting while walking down the street, while simultaneously reading your emails. You could collaborate with co-workers, read their documents while communicating with them verbally. Small business owners could solve mundane issues quicker, allowing them to spend less time on the tactical and more time on the strategic side of their business.” Read more

Can Google Glass Revolutionize Health Care?

Keith Speights of Daily Finance reports, “Jacob Friedman’s tweet from February might be prophetic. Earlier this year, Google invited people to apply via Twitter to be one of 8,000 to win the opportunity to try out its new Google Glass. Friedman responded by tweeting that if he had Google Glass, he would ‘use it to revolutionize health care.’ A little over a month later, Google responded to Friedman that he would get his chance. Can Google really revolutionize health care, though? In some ways, it already has — even before all the buzz over Google Glass. In other respects, there’s still a long way to go.” Read more

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Computers will Match Human Intelligence by 2029

Dan Farber of Cnet recently wrote, “Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, calls Glass a ‘solid first step’ along the road to computers that rival and then exceed human intelligence. Kurzweil, who is also an accomplished inventor and futurist, predicts that by 2029 computers will match human intelligence, and nanobots inhabiting our brains will create immersive virtual reality environments from within our nervous systems: ‘If you want to go into virtual reality the nanobots shut down the signals coming from your real senses and replace them with the signals that your brain would be receiving if you were actually in the virtual environment. So this will provide full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses. You will have a body in these virtual-reality environments that you can control just like your real body, but it does not need to be the same body that you have in real reality’.” Read more

Google Glass Underscores Value of Targeted Marketing Data

Laurie Sullivan of Media Post reports, “Marketers wondering how their optimization efforts will pay off need only look at the small chunks of hyper-relevant targeted information that emphasize a movement toward semantic data. The data comes from Google’s Knowledge Graph and semantic markup, Reva McEachern, global SEO supervisor at Resolution Media, explains. ‘Marketers need to implement as many schema as possible by leveraging semantic data,’ she said. ‘If you have reviews or images of people on your Web site, identify and code them, because it’s important to define each thing on the page. Google is trying to determine how to display those things on the cards’.” Read more

What Can Google Glass Offer Brands?

John McCarthy of The Drum reports, “Google Glass, while not yet on release, has the potential to one day replace the tablet and smartphone, although that day is still many years away, especially while there is a poor battery life and an interface which causes nausea. In order to succeed, Glass will somehow have to deliver more, for less. Despite its limitations, it is a technological concept which could see widespread use, potentially offering countless opportunities for brands and ad firms.” Read more