Apple iPhone Sales to Peak in 2019, Annual Apple iGlass Sales to Accelerate to $30 Billion by 2022 – According to a recent research note published by Loup Ventures, a research-driven early-stage venture capital firm, a new form of AR-focused intelligent eyewear, referred to simply as Apple Glasses in the note, is forecast to become the dominant product growth engine for Apple by the early 2020s. The new AR wearable device from Apple is expected to capitalize on the strong positive trends in augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) assistants, and cloud computing services. Loup's annual unit sales estimates may be overly conservative if the ratio of internet-connected glasses per user assumed by the firm is near unity, rather a more optimistic ratio approaching some modest fraction of the number of designer shoes per person.
Microsoft Offers a Glimpse into the Future of Intelligent Eyewear – Microsoft Research has released a paper describing new eyeglass-like designs for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) near-eye compact holographic display systems with wide fields of view (80 degrees), embedded eye tracking, and optical correction capabilities.
Apple Expected to Enter Intelligent Eyewear Market with Apple iGlass AI Powered Wearable Device – Apple is developing normal-looking, smart, cloud-connected Internet glasses focused on augmented reality (AR) and powered by the Siri artificial intelligence (AI) assistant to compete with Snapchat Spectacles (smart video glasses powered by the Snapbot AI assistant for capturing and wirelessly sharing photo and video snaps) and the next generation of Google Glass (intelligent Internet glasses powered by the Google AI assistant for accessing information from the Internet, AR location-based learning and navigation, and live photo and video streaming via the cloud).
Snap CEO Shares First Experience with Smart Video Glasses – With the announcement of its new smart social video-sharing sunglasses, called Spectacles, Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel describes one of his first experiences with the wireless wearable device while walking through the woods along the California coast with his social supermodel fiancee: "Internet-connected photography is really a reinvention of the camera. It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience." The core value proposition of Snap Spectacles is to capture and share memories with friends on Snapchat. Spectacles are part of a broader class of intelligent eyewear, or inocles, which enable cloud-connected hands-free users to capture and share live life experiences and historical memories, instantly access information and conduct transactions via the Internet, and learn about immediate surroundings using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. While Spectacles are currently limited to memory sharing, the innovative wearable device may add live experience streaming, Internet cloud connectivity, AR, and VR capabilities in future releases.
Ultralight Intelligent Eyewear Powers Olympic Athletes to Know More, Win More – Smart, lightweight, voice-controlled wearable headsets with ultra-small, high-resolution optical displays and long battery life are powering an entirely new approach in sports performance management, especially during highly competitive Olympic-class events, such as distance running and road and track cycling. By combining biometric data from a smart watch, fitness band, or body sensor with motion data, weather information, and navigation services from a cloud-connected smart phone and visually presenting it in real-time to the athlete through a simple heads-up, hands-free, see-around, see-through, near-HD display forever changes the way in which world-class athletes train for, compete in, and ultimately win global sporting events, such as the Olympic Games.
USPTO Grants Patent to Google for Smart Hi-Tech Monocle via Time Tech Gadgets
Google Takes Intelligent Eyewear and Wearable Tech to the Next Level with Project Aura
Apple iPod Inventor Takes on Glass, Google's Cloud-Connected Intelligent Eyewear via Mashable
Pandora Launches Pandora for Glass Wearable Music Streaming App via Innovators Post Pandora Blog
Google & Luxottica Write Next Chapter in History of Eyeglasses via Google Glass Post on Google+
Google Glass Adds Stylish Frames via Ecouterre.com, Wearable Technology Category
Google Glass Finally Considered Hip via the Daily Mail Online
A Venture Capital Partnership for Google Glass Apps via The New York Times Bits Blog
Google Glass #ifihadglass Winners by Andrej Karpathy, Stanford Ph.D. Student
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Google Glass Gets Hip with Warby Parker via Fast Company
Google Glass and the Future of Technology via The New York Times
Fashion Insiders Weigh In: Can Your Style Survive Google Glass? via Wired
4 Problems Google Glasses Have to Solve Before Becoming a Hit via Fast Company