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Google Glass the specifications demystified from the hype (Part 1)

I am highlighting some of the cool tech features of this new, cool gizmo. 

Fit and form

As per Google, it has adjustable nosepads and durable frame to fit any face.  Since I have been wearing glasses for over 30 years I think they will have have more options for a custom fit.  Personally I will like to buy the attachment to fit my Dior Homme frames if possible and available.  I did read about this being a possibility but not confirmed yet.

Display

The high resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.  Reminds me of the dvd watching personal glasses that projected (privately) on a virtual 60inch screen.  Nothing new here as this technology has existed for at least a decade in the consumers hand.

Front Camera

For Photos, a 5 MP resolution is enough but low compared to the standards of today.  Samsung S4 has a 13MP rear camera.  So not to excited about this feature.

For Videos, a 720p HD but not full HD which is the new norm for all the latest mobile devices.

Networking and Wifi/Bluetooth

Wifi 802.11b/g protocols supported.  No support for 802.11n or newer protocols in this release.  Bluetooth support but I dont know the version. Will post when I do more research here but the definite capability to communicate with an Android based smartphone Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher indicates Bluetooth 2.0+. More on this later.  With a mobile phone connected, SMS and GPS is enabled.

Memory and Storage

12 GB out of 16GB of usable memory which by itself is not much but since it is synced with Google cloud storage - this becomes a powerful option.  This is one of my favorite features but more memory will be needed for this to be useful.  Being on the road in Asia with no access to the cloud might hinder some of the usability of the device.  Also, networking has to be fast to upload data to the cloud. 

Battery and charging

Google claims one full day of typical use. Not sure what typical use is but I am sure the batteries offer ample use for the day.

Uses a standard micro-USB port for charging with a Glass charger(recommended by Google).  This is a relief as there is not a new lightning like connector adding to the list of non-standard non-generic connectors out there.

Processor

Will update asap

Speech Recognition and Audio

Will post my findings

 I have not got my hands on it yet but a lot can be deduced from its published technical specs as shown above.  I will definitely buy this when availble to the public and am ready to play with it as a developer.  New era of games and apps await us with this fantastic device.

 Happy Glass-ing,

 - Gary Saggu

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Ouya - A cheap, interesting and feature packed gaming console for developers and users

Ouya - the game console

I am excited about this new console so I decided to blog about it.  It started as a kickstarter funded project that was oversubscribed very quickly.  I was not able to catch it in time but I would definitely be interested in getting a new console that is Android based and has a fairly open policy for developers to write software for it.

Key features(Hardware):

- Form factor: Small with cool wireless controllers;  Dimensions: (2.9in x 2.9in x 3.2in)

- CPU : Tegra 3(Quad-core processor)

- RAM: 1 GB RAM , 8 GB on-board flash

- Full HD (1080p) with HDMI connection

- Network: WiFi 802.11bgn

- Other technologies: Bluetooth LE 4.0

- Did I mention a $99.00 price? Wow!  As per Amazon, Ouya is being released to all on June 4, 2013. 

Software and SDK features:

- Java based development environment; Eclipse with ADK is what I would use for it.

- Supports Android Development Kit 4.0 (API 14).

- Ouya Development Kit released under Apache License.

- I read somewhere about using Unity to write 3D games for it as well.

- No fee to develop on Ouya.

- Easy submission and fast approvals so I have heard  and it sounds good. Pros : makes happy developers  Cons: Loss of quality control.

Looking at all the hardware and software features Ouya offers (mentioned above - I am sure there are more) makes me very excited about this platform.  What about non gaming apps?  I will investigate further and blog about it.  Time to download the Ouya Development Kit.

Very excited about this, A bientot!

- Gary Saggu

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iPad 5 and iPad mini wishlist of features

With Samsung taking the hood of their latest Galaxy S4 specifications, what can we expect in the next release of the iPad devices this year? I have compiled a wishlist of features that will come sooner or later into this next generation of bestselling Apple tablets.  Here is my personal wish list:-

  • Faster processing - Based on the Galaxy S4 boasting upto Octa-cores - more cores, bandwidth and speed may be expected in the upcoming iPad/iPad mini.  Maybe more configurations - for high end use to low-end.  We always need more power for more sophisticated apps.
  • Better graphics ( faster GPU ) - iPad mini might get the Retina display although being a proud iPad mini owner, I am quite satisfied with the display.  As a developer, it might be nice one day to ship an app with only Retina graphics resources.  
  • HD display - I think new devices may have full HD (1080p) support.  I would love to watch my blu-rays in 1080p/3D on my iPad streaming from some wireless storage box. What about a 3D display? Maybe next year on that one, IMHO sans the glasses.
  • Thinner, slicker, cooler - That is a "no brainer" for each generation of Apple devices.
  • Better front/rear camera since the Samsung is already at 13MP rear camera.  I prefer the front camera on the iPad to have better resolution as I use it to FaceTime and it would be nice to have some HD capability.
  • Wireless charging maybe? I did see some gagdet in BestBuy that allows for cell phones to be charged "inductively" using wireless charging.  Would be a nice feature on the iPad.
  • Air gesturing - Well, the S4 has ways by which one could scroll using air gestures in front of the phone.  Why not on the iPad?  I know one day we will have face gesturing when the device will recognize each grimace or snarl on our faces.  Well you heard it here! What about eye scrolling? :)
  • More antennae and better networking support in the form of 802.11ac implementation (upto 1.3 Gbps speeds).  This feature will need a faster router that supports this protocol :) and a fast enough provider to keep up with this hi-speed to see faster streaming.
  • I am sure iOS 7 will be amazing.  There will be a separate wishlist blog entry for that. Improved Siri and more Cloud integration maybe coming.

Will add more to my wishlist as I think of newer and better things.  I am already looking forward to getting these new devices packed with some fantastic features.

- Gary Saggu

(My other blog)

Samsung Galaxy S4 features are finally out

Here are the key features of the latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4

  • 5 inch Super AMOLED display 
    • 1920 x 1080 resolution 
    • Full HD 1080p capability
    • 441 ppi pixel density not edge to edge though
  • Processor 1.9GHz Quad-core or 1.6 GHz Octa-core(wow)
  • Memory: 64GB with microSD 64GB max
  • Camera
    • Rear facing camera an amazing 13 Mega pixels
    • Front facing camera is 2 Mega pixels
  • Lighter and thinner than the S3 but slightly larger and same look as S3
  • Battery capacity higher than S3 at 2600mAh
  • OS: Android Jellybean 4.2.2
  • Extras
    • Tiny IR blaster on phone turns the phone to a TV remote control
    • Voice assistant and something called Voice drive (navigation etc. while on the road)
    • Smart Pause and Smart Scroll are 2 features controlled by the eye.  One pauses the video etc. when you look away and the other allows scrolling by tilting the phone while looking at it.
    • Hovering features (Air view) for gestures. 
  • And many more features that I will cover later (once I get my hands on this phone even though I love my iPhone 5)

More later as I am tired (but this post was important!)

Good Night!

- Gary Saggu

(My other blog)

iPhone next release most wanted hardware features and wish list

As an developer, and a big fan of Apple toys, IMHO, the next release of the iPhone is probably coming up later this year.  As I already gave my opinion on the Samsung Galaxy S4.  Read article here.

Here are the top hardware features one can expect with iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.  I think there shall be iPhone 5S before the 6!

- Display:I think the next version will not improve the widescreen which is still being adopted by the many apps on the AppStore.  And the Apple Retina display rocks - even though Samsung is raising the bar on expectations.

- Processing: Major boost expected - more cores, faster. 

- Sensors: Currently the iPhone 5 has a 3 axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.  There's room to grow here. Especially with the Samsung S4 rumored to have eye tracking features.  I think some biometric security additions could also come, or facial recognition, facial gestures - wow.  Sounds like an exciting graduate school Computer Science project.

- Camera enhancements: Samsung S4 is rumored to have a 13M pixels rear camera so maybe in the same range or even better.  One thing I personally want is an improvement in front facing camera definitely more resolution and lens.  I think I use the front facing camera a lot more than I thought I would.

- Networking: Faster more reliable; LTE++

I will update this post as more things come to mind. Happy wishing to all Apple mobile hardware fans!

 

- Gary Saggu

 

(My other blog)

Waiting for Samsung Galaxy S4

Here is a compilation of all the rumors of its features

  • Body is going to plastic.  I believe that the screen will be more Galaxy Note like hence larger than the S3.
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean very likely
  • Camera rumors ~13MP sounds believable. Apple might have to play catch up with that.
  • Faster processor for sure - quad proc? Even more cores?
  • Rumors around some kind of eye-tracking for scrolling or even selection maybe.  I was involved in graduate school project that did eye tracking - that was over 20 years ago.  Think of how advanced that technology might be today.  Also, wonder if Samsung will provide an API to code for this eye-tracking in our own apps.

(Word is) Samsung plans on making the announcement on March 14, 2013 in New York City when these rumors will be sorted out.  

- Gary Saggu

(My other blog)

Welcome to my Mobile Innovations and Development Blog

This blog will feature the latest in mobile innovations with a focus in development and technology.  Topics covered will include the latest in iOS development as well as Android development.  Operating systems features will also compared from a development perspective.  Also in focus will be the Windows Phone OS and the Blackberry OS development.  

Many topics and technologies will be covered.  Gary Saggu has done some hard core coding in C, C++, C#, Java and Objective C.  Starting his career in Computer Science with Unix development moving on to Win32 development.  Then a lot of hard core multi-threaded Java J2SE development and currently involved in projects for Android and iOS.