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Wellness tech 30 Jul 2015

Speculations surmounting over new Google Glass; may capture colours & be foldable

Even though it was considered as one of the coolest gadgets, ‘Google Glass’ halted its consumer sales in January 2015. It is rumoured that the next generation of interactive eye wear is already in the pipeline, with the manufacturer focusing on working lo

Rumours and speculations surmounting around ‘Enterprise Edition’ of Google Glass, differentiating it from the discontinued previous version, says global media reports.

Despite Google going back to the drawing board commercially, it is still pressing ahead with apps that will be compatible with Google Glass and now, it has ventured into the colour capturing market, working with German colour measurement supplier Techkon.

According to Techkon, It is thought that the latest development will help to turn smartphones and wearables into ‘valuable measuring devices for consumer and industrial applications’. Techkon ColorCatcher for Glass requires the user to place a Glass Colorchart onto the colour they want to capture. Then, by focusing the chart through the glasses, the colour will be instantly captured and displayed.

In relation to the cosmetics industry, colour capturing presents a myriad of opportunities ranging from more precise colour-matching to aid beauty counter staff to more control over the colour-sourcing process for manufacturers when creating new products.

Likewise, for the consumers, the benefits are paramount, with colour-capturing technology providing an efficient way to source products in specific shades.

The latest development with Google Glass follows Techkon’s announcement in May regarding the launch of the ‘Catch Your Skin Tone app’, based on the same technology. The app requires the user to insert a credit-card sized Colorchart onto their forehead, cheek and chin and set their smartphone to camera mode in order to ‘capture’ their skin colour. The app is then able to suggest cosmetic products in their shade.

As per the 9to5Google, the updated Glass hardware will be built to greater durability standards to the Explorer Edition used by all.

One may not see a lot of changes visually, but the device does come with some upgrades.

- First up, the device will now fold like an everyday pair of glasses. A new hinge mechanism allows both the computer and battery hardware- on the right side to fold.

- The device is likely to be water resistant and its overall aesthetic implies it a device that’s built more for workplace practicality than fashion.

- In terms of internals, the new device is also expected to include a bigger display prism, a more powerful processor (Intel Atom) and improved battery life.

- Visually it hasn’t got a facelift but the company has tweaked its visual aesthetic so that it could suit a factory, hospital or a runway.
 

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