Google Glass or Galaxy Glass — which one will you pick?

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Google Glass is often counted as one of the biggest technology innovations in the history of wearable devices. But the device has one big shortcoming. If you have anything to do with it — whether it’s texting or using an app — you have to talk to the device. This makes it just too inconvenient for some people to have private conversation with their devices out in public — even if they to send a text.

If this demoralizes you to go and buy a Google Glass, maybe you should wait, until Samsung releases it Galaxy Glass. Why?

Samsung owns the copyright of a patent under which it might come up with a not-so-sure, but quite-expected feature for it Galaxy Glass that would let users to map a virtual keyboard on to their fingers. Apparently the company registered for the patent last year at the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

Under this, the Galaxy Glass would use some kind of projection technology — quite possibly by using its camera — to project an augmented reality keyboard on a user’s fingers. The user would then be required to tap his/her thumb on to the fingers to add text. Following illustration shows how this would possibly look like —

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This Samsung’s version of Google Glass could make its debut in later this year, according to another publication Readwrite. It reportedly performs most of the similar functions that Google Glass does, but what operating system would it play is the real question here. As it will come as a direct competitor to Google Glass, and offering an Android OS to it might jeopardize Google’s own product’s sales.

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Emotient for Google Glass: to identify the mood of people around you

After raising a USD 6 million funding round, facial recognition company Emotient has announced the private beta of a new Google Glass app that uses the company’s facial recognition and emotions tracking technology.

“Emotient’s Sentiment Analysis Glassware demonstrates our goal to emotion-enable any manner of device and build the next layer of automatic sensors,” said Ken Denman, CEO, Emotient. “It’s a breakthrough technology that allows companies to aggregate customer sentiment by processing facial expressions anonymously.

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Emotient’s Sentiment Technology processes facial expressions using a camera and provides an emotional read-out, measuring overall sentiment (positive, negative or neutral); primary emotions (joy, surprise, sadness, fear, disgust, contempt and anger); and advanced emotions (frustration and confusion).

So with Emotient’s Google Glass app, users can simply check the emotions and sentiments of everyone around them — so the next time you meet someone wearing a Google Glass, make sure you control your sentiments. Although, there still is some time left for the app to be publicly available on Google Glass, as the company is currently testing its beta version with just a handful of companies.

Emotient foresees its Sentiment Analysis technology as a game changing technology for retailers to read and understand customers’ sentiments, which could then help them to measure store performance, and therefore manage product and advertising/promotions accordingly.

The technology also makes a perfect sense in industries such as healthcare and advertising market — where advertisers can charge on pay per gaze basis.

The author can be reached at devesh@iamwire.com

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