Google Scores Deal With Ray-Ban And Oakley For Glass

Google Glass TableGoogle wants to truly bring Google Glass mainstream — yes, it’s been obvious, but never more so than now. The parent company of Oakley and Ray-Ban, Luxottica, has both signed onto a deal that allows for Glass to be implemented into an exclusive line of eyewear that utilizes the technology, with availability only in the United States at launch. Luxottica will handle manufacture and distribution, while Google does what it does best: refining the Glass technology.

Now, here comes the hammer: this won’t happen soon.

It’s a deal that pans out later on, as Google put it so eloquently, “You’re not going to see Glass on your favorite Oakleys or Ray-Bans tomorrow,” but regardless, it’s a step in the right direction if Glass is going to be anything more than an expensive developer/explorer device.

Via: Google+, Luxottica

Google Now Makes The Jump To Chrome’s Stable Version

google-now-chrome-macIf you’re into using apps that aren’t actually ready for prime-time (a beta or developer build of Chrome, for instance), then you’ve been experiencing all of Google Now’s glory, with the added notifications. However, for the rest of us that aren’t so gutsy, Google Now is arriving for Chrome’s stable version — the most common.

From related info, voice search, reminders for events, flights, TV etc., with location-based cards like commute times and typical Google Now features one may have already been accustomed to on the Google iOS app or current Android phones.

FYI: Don’t worry if you don’t see it yet; updates from Mountain View usually take a few days to roll out.

Via: Chrome Support

LG Makes A Smart Light Bulb That Lights Up When You Get Calls

lg-smart-bulbLG isn’t the only company that wants to make smart light bulbs — Philips does the same, with great effect and high praise with their Hue line of bulbs. Pint taken, LG wants to get in on the action as well, so the debut of the 10W LED bulb gives Android and iOS users control over illumination, a light-based alarm clock and a security mode — designed to turn on to pretend you’re at home. Not terribly ingenious, but hot half-bad either.

LG’s Smart Lamp has a two methods of achieving a connection: Bluetooth or Wifi, with a cost of $32 in Korea, LG’s home country.

A U.S. release hasn’t been mentioned, however.

Via: LG (translated)

Microsoft Makes DirectX 12 The Next PC And Mobile Gaming Power Standard

directx_12.0_cinema_960.0DirectX 12 introduces performance boosts on Windows 8, Xbox One, and Windows Phones; the most important thing to know right out of the gate. Besides catering to mobile games, and requiring less battery juice to be extracted to render particular scenes, Microsoft is also introducing better handling of  processing with multiple CPU cores (and avoiding overloading just one).

Basically, DX 12 allows for games on all Microsoft products to perform more efficiently, and specifcally for gaming computers, brings some of the optimizing technology seen on game consoles, in order to lock-in desirable frame rates,

To top it all off: 80% of currently sold PCs will already support DirectX 12; however, games won’t begin to appear wielding the new game development package until the holiday season of 2015.

Via: Direct X Dev Blog

Intel Announces “Devil’s Canyon”, The 8-Core Extreme Edition Haswell CPU With DDR4 Memory

intel-8-core-haswellLooking above, you’d wonder what athe big deal is about the  4th-gen Core-i7 Extreme Edition CPU, codenamed “Devil’s Canyon”. Well, that’s because it’s a powerhouse, for gaming desktops.

Besides support for not only DDR4 RAM, but a fantastic family of 8 individual processing cores with 16 threads. A better thermal interface, being easily overlockable and with Intel’s own IRIS graphics, gaming enthusiasts will have the best possible Intel CPU for their crazy desktop gaming computers.

I, for one, know people will be swapping out their current hexacore processors for the new octacore variant. Price? Unannounced, but availability will be sometimes in mid-2014.

Via: Intel

A New Oculus Rift Developer Unit Is Ready, And It’s Much Cooler

dk2-productThe Oculus Rift DK2 is the moniker applied to the new and evolved version of the virtual reality gaming headset. Set to launch in July with a camera accessory that allows for full-body tracking, the Oculus Rift will also get some hardware improvements, via a Crystal Cove 1080p screen (low-persistence OLED screen of 1,080 x 960 in each eye).

Another great addition: no longer will there be an intermediary box between the Rift and the device you’re plugging it into; now it’s just a single wire that splits for USB power and HDMI video.

Alas, despite the arrival of a new developer kit for $350, the Oculus Rift Dk2 isn’t getting the platform a solid release date, instead relying on more development, funding, and the emergence of new gaming titles and support for a VR (virtual reality) environment.

Via: Oculus

Quirky And GE Created A Smart And Modern Air Conditioner

arosThe air conditioner unit is one of the least-evolving categories of technology: usually loud, energy inefficient, and typically unattractive, yet they are a necessary evil in the late Spring and throughout the Summer, especially in New York.

Enter, the Quirky and GE air conditioner, called the Aros, an 8,000 BTU smart air conditioner. It’s $300 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, with shipping  starting this May.

Besides being the type of AC unit that can cool an 850 square foot space, the Aros also has touch controls, an intake system that prevents the suction of air that already has been cooled, and finally, a Quirky Wink mobile app for iOS and Android, that allows you to turn the Aros on and off based on location, as well as the tracking of energy prices in real-time.

And honestly, we’re very optimistic and can’t wait to try it out.

Via: Quirky Aros