In a surprise announcement, Google have released news of a project which will extend the development and use of Google Glass, their wearable technology, for our feline friends!
Katherine Kotka, the lead Google engineer of the Portable Embeddable Technology (PET) project said:
“We’re really paw-leased to bring Glass for Cats to a whole new range of potential users. Although the use of Glass amongst humans might not have taken off yet, we’re paw-sitive that cats are purr-fect to help with the future of claw-some wearable technology.”
As well as the new version of Glass hardware, adapted to fit cats, Google have also developed some of their services especially to work with Glass for Cats *.
Google Paws, where you’ll be able to track where you cat has been, on Google Maps, using the GPS built into the Glass. (Videos and photos taken while using Google Paws will be imported into Google Picatsa and then can be uploaded into the new ‘Mewment’ feature in Google Photos)
Google Cat Nip, where virtual mice, balls of yarn and other toys can be shown on the Glass’s display for the cat to chase around – without the owner having to do anything!
There will also be Google Mews, news especially designed for Cats, an innovative whisker gesture control interface for ‘Cmail‘ (email designed for cats) and of course YouTube will be available (were videos of cats are already amazingly popular).
To help extend battery life, Glass for Cats will feature ‘CatNap‘ where Glass can turn itself off automatically when not being used.
* not all features will be available at launch – updates will be released by fur-ware.
So this Spring, make sure your feline friend has some ‘catitude’ and get the meow-velous Glass for Cats!
[Photos NOT via Google]
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