Google plans to launch glasses with a heads-up display by the end of 2012

Google plans to launch glasses with a heads-up display by the end of 2012, the New York Timesreports citing sources familiar with the matter.

The glasses, who were previously rumored to have a front-facing camera with flash and a voice input interface, will be Android based, sources say.

They will include a display, mere inches from the wearer’s eye, streaming real-time info about your surroundings, similar to the various augmented reality applications we’ve seen on smartphones.

The data will be fetched through a 3G/4G data connection, and the glasses will retrieve information about their surroundings through GPS and several sensors.

The glasses will cost “around the price of current smartphones,” sources say. While definitely not very precise – current smartphones cost anywhere from $150 to $600 – this price range shows that Google intends the glasses as a product for the mass market.

Will these glasses be something you need as opposed to want? We doubt it – we haven’t seen a must-have augmented reality application yet, although we have seen some very cool ones in the past.

AR heads-up display glasses, however, are the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of, and it’s a product we’d definitely like to see in the real world – even if they make us look like total geeks.

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New ‘Bourne Legacy’ with Jeremy Renner

After keeping pretty quiet on the promotional front, Universal Pictures chose February to start selling The Bourne Legacy.  Today sees a whole new image of Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, an exceedingly industrious and dangerous graduate of an assassin-training program very much like Treadstone, the secret operation that created Matt Damon‘s Jason Bourne.

The teaser trailer that debuted two weeks ago did a pretty damn good job of introducing the rather odd notion that a Bourne movie doesn’t necessarily need Jason Bourne by playing up familiar stylistic elements of the franchise and incorporating familiar faces from previous installments.  Still, it seems as though a substantial portion of the audience isn’t too keen on an ass-kicking adventure without Damon or Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass.

Tony Gilroy, who had a hand in oh-so loosely adapting Robert Ludlum‘s novels for the previous three films, takes over as director here.  Gilroy made his directorial debut in 2007 with Michael Clayton and followed that Oscar-nominee up with Duplicity in 2009.

With Renner beating the hell out of people and jumping off stuff in the lead role, Gilroy’s surrounded him by an impressive supporting cast that includes series standbys Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, and Albert Finney, along with franchise newbies Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Corey Stoll, and Stacy Keach.

The Bourne Legacy does its leaping in theaters on August 3rd.

Google’s Safari Tracking: Here Come the Lawsuits

Interesting article regarding the continuing saga of tracking software; this time Safari  (see below)

Google’s Safari Tracking: Here Come the Lawsuits.

“Game Change” : Politics Would Never Be The Same

Sneak Peek new key art supporting the film “Game Change”, directed by Jay Roach, based on the book “Game Change” by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.
The new film covers events surrounding the Republican Party during the 2008 US Presidential Election, with significant focus on the introduction of then-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee.
Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman,  the HBO Films, Playtone production will be released March 10, 2012.
Is anybody else amazed how much Ed Harris and Julian Moore look like the originals?

Sony files patent application for Kinect-like device for PlayStation

Illustration from the patent application showing how virtual objects could be inserted int...A recently published patent application indicates that Sony may be working on a Kinect-like 3D depth-sensing device for PlayStation. If Sony follows through with development of such a device, it will no doubt be looking to make up some ground lost to Microsoft, whose release of the Kinect in November 2010, overshadowed the release of Sony’s PlayStation Move just a month earlier.

Like the Kinect, Sony’s patent application for a “User driven three-dimensional gaming environment,” involves the use of a 3D depth sensing camera to allow users to interact with virtual objects on a screen in a 3D space. The patent application also mentions visually altering the onscreen appearance of real world physical objects – mapping of virtual clothing to the user, for example.

With the current PlayStation Eye sporting only a standard video camera, Sony will have to produce a new peripheral capable of obtaining distance or depth information. The application lists infrared or stereo cameras as possible technologies to accomplish this.

Seems like Sony is a bit late, (again)!

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The Cheat Sheet: Academy Awards

Great recap for the Oscars in the LA Times site (see below)

 

The Cheat Sheet: Academy Awards.