Wearable computers

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Hour 2

Smart phones may be migrating from our hands to our heads. Google has a product coming out next year that puts all the capabilities of a smartphone into a pair of high-tech, wraparound glasses.  Project Glass comes equipped with a microphone, camera and a small screen that sits above your right eye for displaying data – like a message, map or video.  The price tag – around $1500.  According to rumors, Apple is working on electronic eyewear, too.  Are wearable computers the next big thing is consumer electronics?  There are already basketball shoes that measure vertical leap, running shoes that calculate pace, a bracelet that tracks sleep and food intake, and ski goggles that record your run down the slope. This hour, we’ll take a look at the revolution in wearable computing and discuss how these devices could change our lives.  Marty talks with THAD STARNER, the Technical Lead of Google Glass and Director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Institute of Technology and FARHAD MANJOO, technology columnist for Slate.


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