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Though the hardware was mildly refreshed back in June, Google Glass has been running on much the same internals for the better part of two years. With the rise of Android Wear, at least some of us were wondering whether Google still intended to bring its head-mounted wearable system to retail at all. According to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is indeed planning at least one more version of Glass, this time running on an Intel chipset. The new hardware will reportedly be released next year.

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The original and current Glass models use Texas Instruments processors. Inside the slim electronic housing is an OMAP 4430, which was popular among smartphone manufacturers way back in 2011, finding its way into devices like the original Motorola DROID RAZR. Texas Instruments has since all but exited the mobile chip market, and new offerings from Qualcomm and many others have vastly exceeded even the best TI designs in both power and efficiency. The latter is pretty important for wearables (see the Moto 360 TI controversy for a good example), and even the newer versions of Google Glass running the latest Android-based software builds struggle to get through a full day of use.

Intel has been pushing hard into the mobile space to make up for lost time. A few major manufacturers have started using Intel chips for mobile hardware, most notably Samsung and Asus, but usually only for mid-range or low-end devices. That said, Intel’s x86 chipsets seem to be much faster and more stable than you might expect from a company still working on a beachhead.

Since a full consumer rollout for the next Glass hardware update seems unlikely, Google could just as well be using it as an experimental platform for its own x86-based software. This also might be a good way of keeping relations with Intel rosy (which Google certainly wants to do for the long-term health of its Chromebook platform) without giving them a major smartphone or tablet release.

The WSJ rarely publishes stories like this without being fairly certain of their accuracy. Nevertheless, they do quote the usual “people familiar with the matter,” so consider it a strong rumor at this point.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Corning announces Gorilla Glass 4

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Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 4, the latest version of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Version 4 promises “dramatically improved performance” against drops on rough surface such as jagged streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, as screen breakage is “the #1 consumer complaint, according to Corning’s research.” Corning promises that the new version of Gorilla Glass withstands drops up to two times better than competing designs, while being just as thin and light as prior versions; it delivers marked anti-drop improvements at any thickness it’s manufactured to, and can withstand more pressure at a 0.4mm thickness than version 3 Glass at 0.7mm. While Apple sought to replace Gorilla Glass with manufactured sapphire screen covers from GT Advanced, that venture dramatically fell apart earlier this year, leaving Corning as the supplier for most of Apple’s device glass.

Let’s change the way we think about Google Glass for a moment. At the end of the day, they’re just too jarring for the average person to feel comfortable wearing in public. To people who don’t know what they are, they’re weird. To people who do, they’re $1,500 worth of easily-stolen accessory being flaunted on your face.

But for performing specific-tasks, Glass makes sense. If they can help you perform surgery, why not? If they can help you understand what someone is saying, go right ahead. And if you want to use them to fly a plane, hey, you’re flying a plane. You’re already a cooler person than I am.

HUD for Glass provides pilots with a heads-up display that shows aircraft heading, altitude, pitch, roll, and speed. Sure, the plane already displays this information itself, but this way the data’s all still visible while looking out a window or performing some other task.

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An Internet connection isn’t required, though it does rely on GPS. Pilots can get the glassware at the link below.

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