By now you have probably heard of Google's Project Glass, their plan to put everything on the web in on your head. This is still in the planning stages and will probably not become reality for at least a year, but the idea is tempting as you can see in the video. The glasses wrap around your forehead and covers one eye so you can multi-task. Using Google maps for directions both indoors and out, sending and receiving messages, playing music and videos and, in general, doing other online activities, seems like a good idea, as long as you aren't driving at the time.
Being a prototype, Google is encouraging comments and suggestions so toss in your two cents on their site and they may just take you up on it.
Once again, Roku is working to make your video life better and is planning to replace their set-top box with an inexpensive "streaming stick" that uses the same interface as their current hardware. After being plugged into a MHL port, you get wireless watching without the cords.
At the recent SXSW, Product Chief Tom Marworth explained the new gadget and the company's continued relationship with cable companies. The stick should become available during the second half of 2012 and possibly could be bundled with TVs.
Hulu is ramping up its push to gain new subscribers, in spite of the latest glut of iffy commercials with Will Arnett. They have increased the size of the video screen online by 55%, given it a new frame and a drop shadow. The new layout is certainly less busy and accessible to both regular and Hulu Plus members.
Sign up for the Dish Network and you can get their latest gadget, the Hopper. The DVR records and stores up to 2,000 movies and TV episodes. Up to 6 HD movies or other content can be recorded at once and can be watched on up to four different HDTVs. The cost of the Hopper is $99.00 with a $24.99 monthly contract, free with the pricier plans. We should warn you that living in a suburban situation that has a tendency towards nasty weather is not conducive to dealing with a temperamental dish.
Walmart has teamed with five of the largest film studios (Disney opted out) to create a disc to digital service with Vudu, its cloud movie service. Bring in a DVD or Blu-ray disc beginning April 16 and for $2.00 you get a digital copy via Vudu. A second alternative allows a high-def upgrade for $5.00 if available. It all comes down to the struggling Ultraviolet service that still hasn't quite become mainstream. The good news is that movies purchased elsewhere can be used, the bad is that it is not yet available on Android. By the way, the video gets our vote for creepy ad of the year.
Move over, Skymall, there's a new shopping service in the friendly skies. Delta will soon offer free access to Amazon as part of its overall WiFi service. Shop for shoes, watch a film, grab an app or download an eBook. Delta has been offering WiFi service via GoGo for a while now and users can choose between a Day Pass for $12.00, a monthly Traveler Pass for $34.95 and an Annual Pass for $399.95.
Netflix has teamed with Apple to offer 1080p HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 (when available) streaming on the new Apple TV. The latest gadget has a new user interface, and iTunes Match, PhotoStream and Genius support. Available in North America, parts of Latin America, Ireland and the UK, you can set it up and pay directly through your iTunes account.
Addicted to Twitter? Then you will really like Gnzo, a multi-video viewer app. You can keep in touch with family and friends by posting up to 30 video clips at a time, at a maximum of 6 seconds each. Now in beta, you can arrange the photos in whatever order you like, create a search and post them on Twitter or Facebook. The application is a freebie and compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad with iOS 4.3 or later.
Little by little, HBO is bringing its Go platform to many different platforms, including Roku, iPad/iPhone, Android phones and Samsung Smart TV. Now it is also accessible on Xbox 360. Beginning April 1, the streaming service debuts with its latest season of "Game of Thrones." You can get it as part of your cable/satellite subscription service for now, but perhaps HBO will become more independent in the future as a stand alone.
Sony's double-screened Vaio P Tablet has arrived. AT&T is offering the device that is 4G capable. It may take a while to get used to the dual 5.5" touchscreen displays but there are plenty of apps to play with. The tablet runs Android 3.2 and can be used for gaming, music, video and reading eBooks. It has both a front and rear camera, WiFi or Bluetooth connection and can transfer to a compatible PC or TV. Plan on a $399.00 price with 2-year contract and monthly data plan.