Google Glass is not history yet as it seems that the company still wants to shove the tech up someone’s throat. A Glass model just passed FCC and it seems that the US will have another eye-computer to buy in the near future. At least the enterprise part of the US!
In order to sell a Google Glass in the US – with WiFi and Bluetooth radio – one would indeed need FCC permissions. Regulations have to be passed in order for the device to sell, which makes counting and measuring important too. Rumors regarding this upcoming Glass Enterprise talk about 5GHz WiFi capacity, better battery life and more improvements. But there are no official news from Google yet. An FCC approved device means that one available to the targeted public is not that far from completion though.
But the news regarding a new Google Glass were not received with as much enthusiasm as previous related bits of information. It seems that the Glass hype has simmered down by now – considering it was announced in 2012, when it broke the I/O convention. Could this movement to a business and enterprise niche be the place that Google Glass will sell best? We will have to wait and see!
Huawei’s new Lithium-Ion battery could reportedly break the market and change mobile hardware forever, if we are to believe recent reports. This new battery supposedly reaches charging speeds ten times faster than usual.
Huawei shared some details at the 55th Battery Symposium in Japan , where a video showed a 600mAh battery that charged to 68% in just two minutes. That could do wonders for bigger cells in the future.
A 3,000 mAh battery reached 50% in just five minutes. This could mean that smartphones of the future could get a full charge in 10 minutes max.
Comparing Huawei results to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 3.0 can fully charge a 3,000 mAh battery in half an hour.
For now, this revolutionary lithium-ion battery is used just for demonstrations. It will become available for smartwatches, smartphones and other wearables soon.
Huawei reveals the next generation of quick charging technology
The new batteries can be charged 10 times faster than current batteries, reaching approximately 50% capacity in mere minutes
[Nagoya, Japan, Nov.13, 2015] Watt Lab, which belongs to the Central Research Institute at Huawei Technology Corporation Limited, unveiled their new quick charging lithium-ion batteries at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan. Using next generation technology, these new batteries have achieved a charging speed 10 times faster than that of normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in mere minutes.
Huawei presented videos of the two types of quick charging lithium-ion batteries: one battery with a 600 mAh capacity that can be charged to 68% capacity in two minutes; and another with a 3000 mAh capacity and an energy density above 620 Wh/L, which can be charged to 48% capacity in five minutes to allow ten hours of phone call on Huawei mobile phones. These quick charging batteries underwent many rounds of testing, and have been certified by Huawei’s terminal test department.
According to Huawei, the company bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei stated that the heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.
Huawei is confident that this breakthrough in quick charging batteries will lead to a new revolution in electronic devices, especially with regard to mobile phones, electric vehicles, wearable devices, and mobile power supplies. Soon, we will all be able to charge our batteries to full power in the time it takes to grab a coffee!
Huawei’s Watt Lab works closely with industry partners to promote technological development and pursue a new energy era. Watt Lab specifically focuses on the technical development of energy storage to support a better connected world via sufficient energy.
Just like its Qualcomm brethren, Samsung decided to announce its newest SoC today. This piece of hardware from the Exynos family named Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is built on the latest 14nm technology, just like the Exynos 7 Octa chips launched earlier this year and the Snapdragon 820 launched yesterday by the competition.
This SoC represents the first Samsung custom-designed CPU core based on 64-bit architecture and what it does is couple 4 big cores with 4 small ARM Cortex A53 cores to build up to the 8 core system.
Samsung says that this new technology will give smartphones and tablets 30 percent improvements in performance when compared to Exynos 7 Octa and 10 percent more power efficiency. This new SoC integrates a brand new LTE modem that will enable 6000 Mbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds on Cat 12 and 13.
Exynos 8 Octa 8890 supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4096×2160) and WQUXGA (3840×2400). The pixel density wars will never be over if technology keeps advancing this fast. The chip will get into the mass production stage later this year and it will surely make an appearance in Samsung’s next Galaxy S flagship that launches in 2016.
Google Glass is reborn and its new name is Project Aura. This new division of the Alphabet parent company that now presides over Google is being revived and changed into a whole new thing. New software developers and engineers have already been hired and new plans are being put in action as we speak. Rumors put ex-Amazon employees from the Lab126, people who took care of the fire smartphone project, in charge of the new task.
The team is being led by Ivy Ross who will report to Google’s head of connected home business Tony Fadell himself. Project Aura will not work only on the Google Glass project but on other wearable tech as well.
Even if it was somewhat of a failure, Google Glass still has potential for the execs who hope that this tech will turn into something profitable and futuristic enough to be used by the masses. Let’s hope that, in the future, the new Project Aura will learn from its mistakes and release a good product, whatever that may be.
UPDATE: It appears that the drop test tweet from Ara’s social media manager was a joke, because yesterday’s tweet sorted everything out. It seems that Project Ara is working on a signature way of keeping the modules together in their smartphone, but they will not reveal just what this innovative not-magnet is.
Project Ara got back to us today after last week’s announcement, and things do not seem to go that well for Google’s futuristic pet project. Speculation runs wild as more and more negatives seem to loom over Ara. A few days ago the projected test run for Puerto Rico was canceled and now it seems that some technical aspects are keeping the project in check.
It appears that the electromagnets that were intended to keep the hardware modules in place did not pass the drop tests. The tweet prom Project Ara is pretty short and leaves room to much speculation. There are no details given in what concerns how the magnets fail, but we can assume that the drop tests are creating powerful impacts that destroy the modules after ejecting them from the device.
These electro-permanent magnets do not require power to remain magnetized because they can be switched on and off electrically. This could be a great solution, especially for a modular phone, but it seems that the connection does not last or is not strong enough to keep the module in one piece.
Google will have to find different “glue” for the Project Ara module pieces to come together. Some duct tape maybe? Or bobby pins? The safe bet is a click-on system to keep everything tucked in properly.
The next Google Glass project phase will be directed at enterprises and it should feature an attachable design which can be clipped on (or something similar) to other eye-wear. There have been lots of rumors circulating over these past few months and some recent news reports may shed some light on the mystery of the Google project.
The new iteration of Google Glass will have a curved rectangular form, plus it will also sport a button-and-hinge system that will allow it to attach to different types of glasses, sunglasses and other possible types of eyewear.
It appears that Google is willing to make the project available for healthcare, manufacturing and energy companies. Moreover, it is already being distributed to software developers in order to facilitate the creation of viable applications.
A new consumer version is also in the works, but it will not be seen on the market until as recent as a year from now, sources say. The previous Glass version which was launched last year got a lot of backlash because it was launched to soon and was not ready for consumer use.
The new Google Glass enterprise version should have a faster Intel processor and better wireless connectivity. The device is said to be powered by an external battery pack which connects magnetically and it is supposed to offer a prolonged life time for the device. The accessory will also have a longer and thinner prism display which will be adjustable for more flexibility.
For now, we will only see or hear about Google Glass when it comes to corporate industries and businesses, which is a great starting idea for such technology. Who knows, in the future the world may be more comfortable with using such tech on a daily basis!