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Google Glass, Augmented Reality Spells Data Headaches

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | about a year ago

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Google seems determined to press forward with Google Glass technology, filing a patent for a Google Glass wristwatch. As pointed out by CNET, the timepiece includes a camera and a touch screen that, once flipped up, acts as a secondary display. In the patent, Google refers to the device as a “smart-watch.”

Whether or not a Google Glass wristwatch ever appears on the marketplace—just because a tech titan patents a particular invention doesn’t mean it’s bound for store shelves anytime soon—the appearance of augmented-reality accessories brings up a handful of interesting issues for everyone from app developers to those tasked with handling massive amounts of corporate data.

For app developers, augmented-reality devices raise the prospect of broader ecosystems and spiraling complexity. It’s one thing to build an app for smartphones and tablets—but what if that app also needs to handle streams of data ported from a pair of tricked-out sunglasses or a wristwatch, or send information in a concise and timely way to a tiny screen an inch in front of someone’s left eye?"

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