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DAMNIT, I WANTED TO DO THIS! Google’s creating wearable, computerized glasses for digital, augmented display of everything in your sight. Yes, like Terminator-style.

20 Dec

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?.

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?

Recently there have been reports that Google is working on wearable computing. But the latest rumor suggests that it’s actually planning to gives us all our own heads-up displays.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that, in the secret Google X labs, the company is working on forms of wearable technology — in the form of something like a watch.

But now 9to5Google claims that Google is aiming much higher than that. In fact, it suggests that Google is developing a full heads-up display built into a pair of normal-looking, thick-rimmed eyeglasses. They suggest that, though there would likely be few buttons on the arms of the glasses, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.

The idea isn’t that the glasses would be just an Android peripheral — rather, they would communicate with Google services directly in order to provide an augmented display for the user. Yes, like Terminator.

It’s the logical next step from Google Goggles. Especially when you consider that the latest update to Goggles means that it can now constantly scan for objects and text instead of requiring the user to snap a photo. Google Goggles already takes account of location information too, a feature that these glasses would surely require.

9to5Google say that the Google X lab is already working at the “late prototype stages” of development for the glasses. But, as this is all currently still rumor, there’s no word on estimated cost or due date. [9to5Google; Image: Mr. T in DC]

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Use an Aluminum Can to Boost Your Router’s Signal Strength

20 Dec

 

Use an Aluminum Can as a Wi-Fi Extender

If you happen to have an old can of soda or beer lying around the house and you’re struggling to get a good Wi-Fi signal on your computer, The Chive has a guide to cutting out a parabolic reflector out of the can.

Using nothing more than an aluminum can, a utility knife, scissors, and some adhesive putty, they’ve built a remarkably easy and effective Wi-Fi extender that only takes a few very simple steps to complete. If you’re not interested in using aluminum foilyou don’t want to solder a tin can, or you just want to broadcast your good taste in beer, this is a solid trick that works surprisingly well.

If you want a few more traditional tricks, check out our list of the ten best Wi-Fi boosts and tweaks and Lifehacker episode four. Find the full tutorial and walkthrough over on The Chive.Photo by: Sh4rp_i.

Use an Aluminum Can as a Wi-Fi Extender.

NEW Firefox 9 Is Now Available for Download! Brings Speed Improvements and New Mac Features

20 Dec

Firefox 9 Available for Download, Brings Speed Improvements and New Mac Features.

Download Firefox 9 by clicking on your platform: WindowsMac OS X, and Linux

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