HTC is getting ready to announce a new device. Meanwhile, the Google Glass Explorer program has been shut down and the Oculus Rift is helping Britain Army recruit.
Mobile World Congress is nearing fast, which can only mean the manufacturers are getting ready to bring their goodies to Barcelona. One of the main players at the yearly MWC event is HTC, and they are already have their “utopia in progress”.
At least that is what their new event invite says. The Taiwanese manufacturer will be holding a press event come March 1st, just a day before the Barcelona Convention Center opens its doors for MWC.
Opinion: The invite offers no real clues about what we could be seeing. A starry sky and a comet are the main protagonists in the image. If we are to follow HTC’s previous years, though, we will find that this event is very close to the HTC One M8 launch. Are we about to take a look at HTC’s next flagship?
It has been a wild ride with Google Glass, a project that not so long ago seemed like a science fiction product. It has become much more than that, and an interesting turn of events has taken place at Google’s headquarters.
The Glass team has graduated from Google X labs and will be taking its new office as an official Google department. This means changes are to come, with the first one being the cancelation of the Google Glass Explorer program.
Of course, current explorers can keep working on their Glass units. Furthermore, you can continue to join the program until January 19th, if you have $1500 bucks laying around waiting to be spent. No new explorers will be joining after said date, though.
Opinion: This may seem like a radical move. Rumors of Google Glass dying have been spreading the internet, but such is not the case. Or at least up to what Google is saying. The team says they will be “putting on their big kid shoes and learning how to run.”
There are two industries (if you can call them that) in which new technology takes very little time to be adopted: these would be the porn industry and the military. For very different reasons, of course, but these entities are always looking for ways to improve their performance.
We have seen the Oculus Rift taking on many ventures and bringing forth a slew of very exciting projects, but the British Army is looking to use it to recruit soldiers.
The idea is that they would put you in a Range Rover and ask you to put on the VR headset. The headset would then run a simulation and put you in a battlefield as a Challenger 2 Tank crew member. Much like a video game… except just a little more real, as you may actually be in a similar situation later on.
The Oculus Rift will be available starting today in the Waterloo Station in London. Will any of you be going to check it out?
Opinion: This is a whole other level of recruiting. To me it can work either way. It may get you super excited, or it may scare you right back to your safe home.