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Google Smart Contact Lenses Move Closer to Reality

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Google Smart Contact Lenses Move Closer to Reality | GlassRoots.in
Google’s plan to bring smart contact lenses to diabetes sufferers inched closer to reality as the company secured two patents last week for the cutting edge, biometric sensor technology.

Known among scientists as “Ophthalmic Electrochemical Sensors,” these contact lenses will feature flexible electronics that include sensors and an antenna. The sensors are designed to read chemicals in the tear fluid of the wearer’s eye and alert her, possibly through a little embedded LED light, when her blood sugar falls to dangerous levels.

Nike Is Positioning Fuelband Software for Wearables Like the iWatch

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Nike Is Positioning Fuelband Software for Wearables Like the iWatch | GlassRoots.in
When news broke late Friday that Nike had laid off part of its Fuelband fitness tracker team and had plans to abandon the corresponding hardware, some considered the announcement a failure in the wearable tech space.

At a time when wearables are on an uptick, the news raised questions about why Nike was making the unusual move to slash its hardware team and curtailing plans to make another fitness tracker. Some saw it as a proactive effort to avoid being squashed by the likely growth of smartwatches that bake both fitness tracking and smart notifications (email and phone calls) into one device.

But a source familiar with Nike’s thinking told Mashable the move is a strategic way to open up Nike software to other wearable platforms, and strongly implied one of them would be Apple’s upcoming iWatch (or iBand).

How Google Screwed Up Google Glass

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How Google Screwed Up Google Glass | GlassRoots.in
Since first announcing the product in 2012, Google Glass has been subject to ridicule and even violence. It’s become a symbol of the anti-tech, anti-Silicon Valley crowd. Surveys like this one demonstrate the American public’s general dislike and distrust of Google Glass. The product has not yet spawned an industry. It has not generated revenues for Google. It’s become a frequent joke on late night TV and a target for bloggers and comedians around the country. The world “glasshole” has now risen to the same prominence as “selfie” and “twerk.” Yes, it’s getting attention. But only as a creepy gimmick which, I’m sure, is not the kind of attention that Google intended when they initially introduced it. As cool as it is, let’s admit that Google Glass will go down in the annals of bad product launches. And it will do so because of these reasons.

Can Wearable Tech and Bitcoin Revamp Mobile Payments?

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Can Wearable Tech and Bitcoin Revamp Mobile Payments? | GlassRoots.in
While most people are quite happy to buy a new smartphone, very few of them use it for mobile payments. Bringing one-tap payments to every consumer is an elusive goal and there are a number of reasons for that.

The mobile payments revolution hasn’t materialised yet, but there are some positive developments. Bitcoin is a great medium for mobile payments on more than one level. There is no credit card info in bitcoin wallets, every smartphone can scan QR codes, hassle free bitcoin transactions are cheap and quick – but bitcoin is just too small to make much of a difference.