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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life 473

zacharye writes "The concept of wearable tech is really buzzing right now as pundits tout smart eyewear, watches and other connected devices as the future of tech. It makes sense, of course — smartphone growth is slowing and people need something to hold on to — but the early 'Explorer' version of Google's highly anticipated Google Glass headset has major problem that could be a big barrier for widespread adoption: Awful battery life." Also, a review of the hardware. The current Glass hardware heads south in less than five hours, which doesn't seem too short relative to similarly powerful devices, but since it is meant to be worn all the time you'd think it would have a large enough battery to make it at least 8 or 10 hours.
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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

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  • by pigiron ( 104729 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @01:34PM (#43602071) Homepage

    So why not a version with a Ray Charles type sunglasses frame. Plenty of room for extra battery size in the arms and the oversize dark lenses could completely camouflage the fact that there is a camera and display behind the lenses.

  • Re:Google glasses (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NecroPuppy ( 222648 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @01:38PM (#43602119) Homepage

    Yes and no.

    Depending on the location (nation, state, municipality, etc) there are laws about deliberately filming someone. ~Sometimes~ there are legal differences between casual recording (you walking past in the background) and deliberate recording, but sometimes not.

    Sure, you're not going to be (normally) busted for filming your friends at the beach and getting some random people in the background, but it's still possible. (IIRC, there was an Australian case very recently about this.)

  • by Maxo-Texas ( 864189 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @01:39PM (#43602141)

    Would look like stereo headphone cords. Could have an arbitrarily large battery in your pocket or purse. They sell them now for cell phones-- basically double the life.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"