Ever wanted to be one of those awesome Glass Explorers? There were two obstacles and one of them was just taken down. Samsung is also ready to take on the smart glass market. Meanwhile, the HTC One M8 is being leaked in more colors every day.
Google Glass has been one of the most exclusive tech projects. The wearable device is only available to a select list of users, a list that hasn’t grown much. This changes today as Google makes Glass available to all USA residents.
That is right – all you need is those $1500 it costs to become a Glass Explorer. As you can see, price is the second obstacle, which continues to be a rather big wall. Not many of us can afford to throw $1500 at Google and walk away with a cool gadget.
If you do have that cash, or need to test Glass, you can go ahead and sign up at Google’s website right now.
Opinion: While it is very tempting, I wouldn’t spend $1500 on a device that continues to be in beta. It may be a good investment for developers, or those who want to somehow work with it.
Samsung will not be letting Google take all the glory in the smart glass market. In fact, Google’s long-time partner could be making a direct competitor to Glass! Inside sources tell Business Korea the Samsung Gear Glass is set to be announced at IFA come September.
Notice the name doesn’t include “Galaxy”. This brand was taken out of Gear devices when Samsung replaced Android with Tizen. If these rumors are correct, Gear Glass could follow the same faith.
“We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September.” -Samsung associate
Price and release date are a mystery, as is specs. We do know this device could look like in the image below (mockup), though. Focusing all media and activity in the right ear and eye.
Opinion: I am still not sure about these Tizen wearables. Not because of the OS, or even the devices, but because they are always limited to Samsung devices (and very few of them). I would like to see a more open platform for wearables, at least at first.
@evleaks is at it again, this time giving us a sweet look at what could be an upcoming version of the HTC One M8. The leakster is showing us a blue version of the HTC One M8. He also states this device should come in 2014, which doesn’t really tell us much.
Opinion: We recently saw a leak of a pink HTC One M8, which looked surprisingly good. This blue version looks just as stunning, which can only mean the HTC One M8 looks amazing in any color!