Google buys text-translation app, names new Glass chief

Google (GOOG +0.1%) has bought Quest Visual, maker of an iOS app (Word Lens) that analyzes/translates text picked up by a device's camera, and places the translated text within a revised image.

Google, which has shown a keen interest in applying A.I./machine learning to a variety of applications, plans to integrate Word Lens' technology with Google Translate. The acquisition follows the launch of Project Tango, an effort to enable Android phones that can create visual maps of a user's surroundings.

Separately, Google has hired Ivy Ross, formerly a marketing exec for several retailers, to head its Glass unit.

Ross, who has also worked at eyewear firms Bausch & Lomb and Outlook, arrives as Glass deals with some well-known image issues ahead of its commercial launch. The $1,500 Explorer Edition of Glass just became available to the general public.

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    Ivy Ross should be creative:


    As it is, Google glass is a unique product that is already hated by the general public, and then if you happen to be next to someone, with Google glass, and they start order to send a text, " ya doin?" "No Maam....I'm sending a text.... to my wife...sorry." Now the public went from hate to disdain!


    Only when Google glass can text without the voice, and looks like a pair of glasses, will the public allow them back in the coffee shop.


    So, this is an open letter to Ivy Ross:


    Google can text, or move anything on the screen, just by using Multi-touch, while the user taps their fingers on the table...(no one will notice). I know how....I'll tell you....Text me....or, is NIH alive and well at Google?


    RSBDuff (Patent holder)
    16 May 2014, 05:33 PM Reply Like
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