Recon Instruments http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/features en-GB Fully Charged: Android camera getting a boost and LG G Flex’s self-healing put to the test http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-camera-getting-boost-lg-g-flex-s-self-healing-put-test-and-coolest-cut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ease your way into the day with our morning tech new round-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android camera" alt="Android camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-4-review-photosphere_4.jpg?1384916191" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major Android camera update coming soon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some interesting news for anyone who&rsquo;s disappointed by the camera quality on Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices (and that&rsquo;s probably most people with a Nexus device): the company is working on a new camera API for Android.</p> <p>The update, which Google has apparently been working on for almost a year but couldn&rsquo;t finish in time for the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, will add a clutch of new features such as burst mode shooting, face detection and RAW capture (currently, no phone is able to capture RAW images). There&rsquo;s no confirmation that it&rsquo;ll actually improve the quality of the JPEGs turned out by Android cameras, but we live in hope.</p> <p>Some of the above features may be available on your Android phone, but they&rsquo;re third-party additions bolted on, not native to the camera API.</p> <p>One other interesting nugget: the API reportedly adds support for a removeable camera. A hint that modular Android devices (see Motorola&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-teams-phonebloks-project-ara-modular-phones/news-0">Project Ara</a>) may be on the way? [Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/google-is-working-on-a-new-android-camera-api-supports-camera-raw/">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Second generation of Recon’s wearable winter sports HUD released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Recon has announced the Snow2, a follow-up to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hands-recon-gps-snow-goggles/news">Snow</a> HUD launched all the way back in 2010. Like its predecessor, the Snow2 is designed to be worn while skiing or snowboarding, works with many existing brands of googles, and puts information in your eye-line while you&rsquo;re barrelling downhill. The difference? It&rsquo;s now three times faster, with 35 percent more battery life.</p> <p>Info tracked includes speed, distance travelled, altitude and even airtime during jumps, while the built-in GPS also enables map use and &ldquo;real-time buddy tracking&rdquo; which, yes, tells you where all your friends are on the resort. You can also receive notifications from an Android or iOS smartphone.</p> <p>The Snow2, which is available now for US$400 (&pound;250), shares an API with Recon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Jet</a> smart sunglasses, meaning developers can make apps that work across both devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snow2" alt="Snow2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-snow2.jpg?1384848181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cutlery isn&rsquo;t normally very exciting is it? Occasionally your heart may flutter when the waiter replaces your normal knife with a steak knife, but really that&rsquo;s about it. Until now. Because you can now buy a fork and spoon that you can flick out like a butterfly knife.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually no knife in the set (presumably because such implements are banned in many countries), but the ability to flip out your morning cereal spoon like a gang member from an early 90s action movie? That&rsquo;s got to be worth the US$13 (&pound;8) asking price. [Source: <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1638">ThinkGeek</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/butterfly-knife-utensils-for-badass-brunchers-1466735554">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week" alt="The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/butterfly-knife-cutlery.jpg?1384916191" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the LG G Flex heal itself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most intriguing things about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review">LG G Flex</a> (aside from its curved screen and bendy body) is the claim that it can &lsquo;heal&rsquo; itself from scratches on the casing. Does it work? This video gets to the bottom of its mystical regenerative powers &ndash; or lack of them&hellip; [Source: <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125237-lg-g-flex-self-healing-technology-shown-off-in-new-video">Pocket-lint</a>]<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z-W66HINFLg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android G Flex LG Recon Instruments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:29:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429210 at http://www.stuff.tv Recon CEO says contact lenses with Google Glass-like displays "will happen" http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Eisenhardt talks head-up displays, Recon&#039;s Jet being &quot;nothing like Google Glass&quot; and the glamorous future of wearable technology </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1897" height="1423" title="Recon Jet Assembly" alt="Recon Jet Assembly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/recon-jet-assembly.jpg?1376962848" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the not-too-distant future, everyone and their adopted kitten will be rocking a HUD (that's a head-up display, fact fans, which literally means a display you can see without looking downwards).</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-gets-hands-google-glass/feature">Google Glass</a> may be the wearable tech on the world's lips, but there are other head-up display-equipped devices on the market – or in the case of the <a href="http://jet.reconinstruments.com/">Recon Jet</a>, a sports-centric eye display coming out in February 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does Jet differ from Google Glass? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"We’re both making head-up displays, but that’s where the comparison ends. We’re targeting a different customer – we’ve already been coined as the sporty alternative to Google, even though we were there before [Recon launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-micro-optics-display-ski-and-snowboard-goggles-revealed/news">HUD-equipped ski googles</a> years ago]. We’ve been in the market for HUDs since 2010 and we’ve shipped over 50,000 units, so in many ways we’re the incumbent. We’ve always focussed on sports."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet" alt="Recon Jet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-cyclist.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why do you think athletes will be interested in wearing a HUD? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"We’re targeting customers that are already wearing eyewear: sunglasses that they’re wearing whilst cycling or running or golfing or hunting. We’re aware from things like Bluetooth headsets that it’s hard to get people to wear new technology, it can be seen as too intrusive.</p> <p>"So we’re not telling you to put something new on your face – you’re already wearing some type of specialist gear – and we’re providing you with data that you’re already using. Today you’re using a tablet or a smartphone, but we can provide that instant, hands-free access to that contextually relevant information. We’re not trying to show you a movie or anything – instead it’s information that’s relevant to that moment in time, for your activity."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet GUI 2" alt="Recon Jet GUI 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-gui-2.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet HUD assembly" alt="Recon Jet HUD assembly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-assembly.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In your promo video there’s also a surgeon and a firefighter wearing Jet – can you see HUDs catching on for those sorts of uses? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"We don’t want to spread ourselves too thin, and we’re definitely a sports and outdoor company, that’s our DNA and that’s what we’re focussing on – but we also understand the power of the technology that we have, and we don’t want to restrict anything. We’re open source, and we made that <a href="http://vimeo.com/66222529#at=0">video</a> because we don’t want to tell developers what to do with Jet. If someone wants to take the hardware, put a transparent lens in there and use it indoors, then we encourage it. Sports is number one, but there are other applications, and many more than we’ve shown in the video."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aBCVlIGQ0B4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet white" alt="Recon Jet white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-white.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jet’s software is based-on Android, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"It’s called Recon OS, but the biggest building block in there is Android, which is a huge strength for us. [Jet] is just as powerful as a smartphone or tablet [it runs a dual-core ARM A9 processor at 1GHz], so you can do quite a lot with it."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jet GUI" alt="Jet GUI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-gui.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s your take on the UK government’s plans to ban the wearing of HUD devices while driving? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"I would say it’s less distracting than looking at information on the dashboard of a car, because the eye travel and head movement is less. The question is, are you more prone to looking more frequently at a HUD, because it’s always there? And I would say yes. I’m very prudent and conservative in that sense – when you’re in a car, you’re basically in control of a weapon; it’s not just yourself involved. In sports applications, you’re moving much slower and most likely it’s only yourself who would be in danger.</p> <p>"An important difference between Jet and Glass is that Jet uses an off-axis screen at the bottom of your field of view, so if you’re looking out through the windscreen of a car you won’t see it. I think as it stands now, Jet is safer than Glass – but we wouldn’t say, 'Use this in a car.'</p> <p>"Jet could feature turn-by-turn navigation but would have to be controlled. Perhaps it could be made to shut off if you’re travelling above a certain speed [Jet has GPS and a suite of sensors which would allow it to know how fast you’re moving]."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet cyclist 2" alt="Recon Jet cyclist 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-cyclist-2.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet exploded colour sketch" alt="Recon Jet exploded colour sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-exploded-color-sketch.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why do you think we’re seeing a surge in wearable tech like HUDs and smart watches? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"I think we’ve gone from relying on audio [electronic communication] to relying on visuals: we’re not really talking much on our smartphones, it’s mainly text messages and emails that we’re checking for at all times. We’re looking at a screen every ten seconds. We’ve also become more mobile and don’t spend as much time in the office anymore. And then the revolution in smartphones has led to the availability of relatively affordable mobile computers that you can make into a head-up display."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble smart watch" alt="Pebble smart watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-smart-watch.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where do you think the wearable tech trend is leading us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"I think head-up displays are here to stay and they’re going to make their way into our lives in various ways. It’s always difficult to predict the exact path that it’ll take for that to happen. I think that when you’re putting something on your face, there’s a vanity issue – it has to make us look better, and that’s very difficult when it comes to a piece of technology. So the whole fashion component is going to take some time, but there’s less sensitivity to that in the sports industry because like I said, you’re already wearing specialist gear.</p> <p>"Over time, maybe a couple of years, you’ll see further miniaturisation so these devices become less intrusive. And then you’ll see it become more like a piece of jewellery, something that actually makes you look good. It’s almost invisible."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-glass_1.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could you see HUDs inside contact lenses? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"They will be. That’s always been on the map and several years ago some <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15817316">research into them</a> was completed by a professor at the University of Washington [Babak Parviz, now heading up the Google Glass project]. It opens up a whole host of challenges: there’s price point, there’s risk of failure – you could make people go blind, so there’ll need to be some kind of FDA approval, and that could take 15 years. So you quickly get into a state where it’s more challenging, but it will happen.</p> <p>"And things tend to go faster than we think in terms of the technology. What is more difficult is this whole question of adoption and whether we’re ready for it. Do we really want to be that person who is wearing this all the time? But after some resistance I think there’ll be this acknowledgment that hey, [through wearing HUDs] we can add value here, here and here."</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55927570@N06/8253376939/in/photolist-dzjHqp-aEPQyB-7LnU3Q-9arZXg-9tfP1f-9tcQic-8XmBGy-dzHvQX-95B8z4-9izeza-boZsTY-7FMgLH-7FRbVN-7FRbNA-7FRbGG-7FMgDp-7FRbBE-dzn9g9-dzgDLa-dzn91J-dzgDtr-dzgDU8-dzn8WQ-dzn9bL-dzgDzK-dzn99u-dzgDfK-dzgDEZ-dzmwyf-dzmwwm-dzmwMd-dzmwu7-dzg3oT-dzmwPW-dzg3aT-dzg3zx-dzn9mU-dzg3ut-dzg3rF-dzmwAo-dz1vKb-dyV3vZ-dyV3CM-dyV3ik-dz1vEW-dz1vxm-dz1vzq-dz1vBw-dz1w4d-dyV3J8-dyV3LT">TEDxSanDiego</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart contact lens" alt="Smart contact lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intelligent-contact-lens.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will HUDs kill off smart watches? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Well, back when the iPad came out, people asked what you would need it for. It’s funny how people find uses. So I think these categories can co-exist. There’ll be situations where you don’t want to wear something on your face. But one thing that I’ve noticed that may make it difficult for smart watches, and this is deeply embedded in our social behaviour, is that when somebody looks at their wrist it’s actually perceived as that they don’t want to be in the room anymore. You don’t get that so much with a smartphone. So I think there’s a little bit of a problem there."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Recon Jet" alt="Recon Jet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-jet-black-2.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Dan Eisenhardt" alt="Dan Eisenhardt" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dan-eisenhardt.jpg?1377049001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Interviews Recon Instruments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:23:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425429 at http://www.stuff.tv