What if shoes can talk? They’d probably scold us for how we use them. Well, creativity has no boundaries and we have to admit, Google does possess such quality. In its Art, Copy & Code project which was located just across the Austin Convention Center where the SXSW was being held, Google unveiled the talking Google shoes.
Google is not threatening the likes of Nike and Adidas in the industry as they have no plans of diversifying their portfolio to include shoes. All that they wanted to do was show off that technology is flexible and give shoes a bit of personality.
The shoe, which came from Adidas (they had the blessing of the company to use their product), has a custom made microcontroller located on its tongue. On top of that is a circular speaker that provides feedback based on one’s movement (it basically serves as the microphone that reacts to the movement). Of course movement is detected by internal accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors in the sole. When a person moves, the shoes automatically provides voice feedback to the user. It basically monitors everything that happens below.
We can’t blame Google if they are not wanting to be involved in the footwear business but let’s be honest, shoes that can talk and serve as “motivators” are cool and quite interesting.
There’s no way for Apple to be leaving the past behind as it has just rekindled its patent infringement charges on Motorola Mobility when it went to the US Court of Appeals in Washington. Apple reiterated that the subsidiary of Google has infringed on its touchscreen technology patent which the Cupertino-based company has been strongly protective of. The involved patent case is Apple’s first among its touchscreen technology which is the company’s key invention that became the springboard of success for the iPhone and iPad. The technology became a phenomenal success and customers since then have been raving about the device’s ‘magical touchscreen.’
Motorola Mobility, on the other hand, has managed to convince the ITC about the invalidity of one patent from Apple and that the other patent had not been infringed at all. The patent rulings of the ITC revolve around transparent screens that are multiple-touch enabled in various locations and therefore allow screen swiping or touching as an innovative way to communicate with one’s mobile device. As a way to defend the ITC ruling, ITC lawyer Megan Valentine expressed that Sony came out with an early version of the touchscreen technology and called its patent as SmartSkin. Valentine added that the patents from Apple and Sony have a striking resemblance.
When ITC has evaluated that the Apple iPhone’s commercial success is not synonymous to the authenticity of its patent, Valentine deemed it as an infallible judgment. Apple’s description on its so-called unique invention has likewise been described by Motorola as fictitious, hyperbolic, and litigation-instigating. It further added that there were parts of the iPhone which had already long existed before Apple created its smartphone and that the latter has borrowed exhaustively from other technologies to come up with its own version of a smartphone.
The patents from Apple and Sony were meant for an identical product as declared by Motorola’s attorney David Nelson. He had defended that Motorola had not infringed on the other patent.
The deadline for mediation between Apple and Motorola had been set on May 31 and prior to that, the two companies should meet at least once to negotiate for an informal settlement of Apple’s resurrected appeal.
Somehow jacking up the issue of privacy, Google Glass has already been banned in one Seattle dive bar. This is the first of such move which may pave the way to other establishments to end up doing the same.
5 Point Cafe recently announced on its Facebook page that anyone who wants to grab some drinks or at least explore the place should take off their Google bifocals. The owner of the restaurant explained that the wearing of the said glasses would mean a violation of the privacy of its customers.
Though announced partly as a joke, the owner emphasized that the restaurant will not entertain those wearing such glasses in its territory.
Well, Google Glasses are capable of covertly recording videos. Consequently, such video clips can easily be made publicly known by uploading such in different media-sharing sites thus violating other people’s privacy.
That said, some have already put forward the big possibility that more and more businesses such as other bars, clubs, movie houses, restaurants, and hotels among others will probably prohibit the gadget from their spheres.
Google Glass is about to hit the market and only those who will be willing to pay out a hefty $ 1500 for a pair of spectacles can take a piece.
After launching the so-called Facebook Timeline at the latter part of 2011, Facebook is now launching its next major overhaul which focuses mainly on giving its news feed a brand new look and feel. The news feed, which is described as the most personalized form of newspaper, is regarded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as one of Facebook’s most important creations. He even added that there should be more than just words to display stories that happen every day.
The way people share their stories is constantly changing. Facebook sees the necessity for the news feed to evolve incessantly along with these changes. With this in mind, the new Facebook news feed bears three important features such as mobile consistency, multiple feeds, and bigger images.
The enhanced news feed page is a complete deviation from its old image. The design is definitely mobile-inspired and is supported in several devices. Stories have better visual quality wherein images are larger and more emphasized. Moreover, photos are the focal point of the news feed stories which make up almost 50% of the page.
Facebook’s redesigned news feed is said to bear a striking similarity with Google+’s. Similar features such as highlighting updates approach, previewing shared articles, and a sidebar filled with visual icons for saving space can be noticed. In spite of all these, Facebook takes it a step further by adding multiple news feeds where you can emphasize photos, gather music news, and subscribe to organizations.
Okay, so this isn’t going to be one of those posts where I make some subjective argument that people will disagree with about how Samsung’s copied something. I’m simply going to show you two photos, then you can make your own mind up about the ‘influence’ the Macbook Air had in the Chromebook.
Exhibit A: A simple, side by side comparison of both devices (via Business Insider).
Exhibit B: A close up of a recent YouTube ad, which features the Chromebook. It appears that Google forgot to remove the trademark Apple buttons in the top left hand corner. Oops.