Google has signed up the smart watch market. It’s released a new version of its operating system, Android for wearables. These smart watches give us a taste of the style that Google is aiming for, together with its manufacturing partners and fashion brands. The first devices which would make use of the voice control “Google Now” interface are expected later this year.
Sony has unveiled a virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 4. Project Morpheus has been 3 years in the making. The device features a full HD display with a 90 degree field of view. It’s equipped with positional head tracking. Sony admits it’s counting on innovative developers to help make the games that will sell the hardware.
Can’t put a name to a face? Ask Facebook, which is now using the world’s largest collection of photos, its own, to develop a program that can recognize a face before it is tagged. DeepFace can determine whether two photos of a face are the same person with its claimed 97% accuracy. The tech brings Facebook’s current facial recognition software to an accuracy level almost on par with humans.
And finally, for anyone who wants to use social media’s power to disconnect, a new app “Cloak” helps you to avoid your friends. The antisocial service uses public location data from social network, such as “Four square” or “Instagram” to alert users when… “friends” are believed to be close by. Useful for avoiding the boss.