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Episode 472


Tech News Today 472: We Geek Rock Stars

Google reveals augmented reality glasses, Nokia Lumia 900 rocks the world, Alaskans get cheap iPhones, and more.

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  • Google Begins Testing Its Augmented Reality Glasses
  • Google X Labs: First Project Glass, next space elevators?
  • Project Glass
    • Wednesday, Google made public its secret initiative called Project Glass. Yep. augmented reality!
    • See the video and post at g.co/projectglass
    • NOT A PRODUCT: "So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do."
    • Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass.
    • Nick Bilton reports: arviz, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington, specializes in bionanotechnology, which is the fusion of tiny technologies and biology. He most recently built a tiny contact lens that has embedded electronics and can display pixels to a person’s eye.

Discussion Stories

  • Google's Page: Apple's Android Pique 'For Show'
  • Larry Page’s First Year As Google CEO: Impatience is a Virtue
    • Larry Page sat down with Bloomberg Businessweek to discuss his first year
    • Google Plus going better than expected
    • "We have somehow been successful without suing other people over intellectual property."
    • "I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn’t say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually, he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said: “Hey, you want to get together and chat?” I said, “Sure, I’ll come over.” And we had a very nice talk."
    • He also arranged to have his top lieutenants work in the same room for a few hours every week to make sure everyone was on the same page. - credits Mayor Bloomberg as the inspiration
    • Steven Levy author of 'In the PLex' wrote a column about Page's 1st year as well
  • Fisker Atlantic unveiled at New York Auto show
  • Can Fisker's Atlantic EV drive it to profits?
    • New York Auto Show started today, Fisker Automotive unveiled the Atlantic, its affordable luxury electric car. 4-door sedan for $50k. Formerly known as Project Nina, this is Fisker's attempt to get a realistically priced car in consumer's hands.
    • 2nd vehicle for California-based Fisker. 1st was Karma, released in 2008 for $108k. Both are plug-in hybrids, gasoline & electric power-based. Both tout extended-range travel using only electric power.
    • Fisker is still choosing where to build the cars, depending on the investor. Has taken $1B from private sources but needs more $ to build the Atlantic since a Department of Energy loan was frozen after Fisker didn't meet production milestones says CEO Tom LaSorda (formerly CEO at Chrysler). When they were still counting on the loan they were set to start prod. in a Delaware plant this summer." **Karma reviews are mixed. Consumer Reports tested the Karma earlier this year & wouldn't start due to production glitch in batteries. Customers have complained the weight takes away from performance. The company expects to sell about 4,000 Karmas worldwide this year.

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