Google to take another crack at Glass
Google to take another crack at Glass
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Google to take another crack at Glass

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It's the end of an era for Google Glass. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] The Google Glass connected eyewear is evolving beyond an experimental product. The explorer model will no longer be available for purchase after Monday, and Google announced that the glass product is leaving the labs. To become his own team with a new boss, the man behind the design of the iPod and the Nest thermostat, Tony Fadell, is now in charge of the future of Glass. Taking glass off the market and ending the explorer program doesn't mean Glass is dead, the future just isn't crystal clear. Google tweets in a blog post that as glass graduates from the labs, we're going to see future versions of it. The headgear has faced some scrutiny since it launched in 2013. The $1,500 gadget gave us the term Glassholes, as we worked around the social etiquette and privacy issues that come with wearing a camera and screen over your eye. But we also game across some cool examples of Glass as an instructional tool for handsfree video recording. Doctors use it during surgery. Cyclists can get real-time directions during a ride. But aside from being used during a specific task, it's still awkward to go around town walking with it on your hand, having it alert you to the same notifications that you can get on a smartphone. Until people are more comfortable with face cameras. The Smart Watch has become the more widely accepted wearable tech. In a few months, Apple is going to release the Apple Watch, and we have some more clues in to how it will work, thanks to a leaked iPhone companion app. Screenshots were published by the blog 9To5Mac. And if these are accurate. It reveals that there are many settings you control about the watch from your phone. You can have a red dot up here on the clock, when there's a notification. You can track a stock on your watch face. It can speak aloud text, so you don't have to read a tiny screen. And instead of typing on screen, it will just dictate your voice into text. Or you can send an I owe you clip message to reply to someone to use ApplePay, you'll have to type in a 4 number pass code on the watch. This year, tech isn't just on your head, or your wrist, there's even tech for your toes. At CES, we saw the Sensoria smart sock preparing to ship in late 2015. It has pressure sensors in the sole that sends data to a removable anklet. And that syncs with your app, so you can check your cadence and striking pattern as you run. We also got to see the Digitsole. It's a Bluetooth connected insole that tracks your steps and activity, but it could also warm your feet on a cold winter day. A pack of two costs $200. That's your tech news update, and there's more on CNET.com. Be sure to follow along on Twitter for the latest and subscribe to the Update podcast. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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