Google glass partner company – strategic partnership between Luxottica and Google

„Today’s announcement offers a far reaching strategic partnership between Luxottica and Google to work together across multiple efforts on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices. Through this relationship, Luxottica and Google, who are setting the pace in their respective industries, will match up high-tech developers with fashion designers and eyewear professionals. In particular, the two Corporations will establish a team of experts devoted to working on the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products that straddle the line between high-fashion, lifestyle and innovative technology.“



Android 4.4 to be called KitKat

Remember the „Tagline „Have a break…have a Kit Kat“ (Worldwide)
„Break time, anytime“ (US only)“

The next version of the Goggle OS Android will have the name KitKat (a Nestlé brand).

Official website


The mascot is still in front of the building and I like to have some chocolate now.


Nexus 4 wireless charger

„Kabelloses Ladegerät für Nexus 4″ ist in Ihrem Land nicht verfügbar.“

Nexus 4 wireless charger is actually still not available in Germany.

Google Play [visited 13/02/2013]



Google Street View goes underwater!/ocean

Keep dry while being underwater. When they need help taking underwater pictures, just give me a SVII underwater camera and I’ll do the job !

Hopefully more people became aware of the sensitive underwater biosphere and the need of protection.


Google Apps – Google Voice

“ Google Voice Basics: About Google Voice

Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Use Google Voice to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers‘ experience, and more.

Google Voice isn’t a phone service, but it lets you manage all of your phones. Google Voice works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines. There’s nothing to download, upload, or install, and you don’t have to make or take calls using a computer.

Google Voice will let you define which phones ring, based on who’s calling, and even let you ListenInTM on voicemail before answering the call. We use smart technology to route your calls. So, if you’re already on a Google Voice call, we’ll recognize it and use call waiting to reach you on the phone you’re on.

Note: At this time Google Voice is only available in the U.S.“

And another great tool right from the cloud. Unfortunately not in Germany yet, but maybe soon. There a so many Apps I even haven’t heard of.


Street View in Google Maps – Lübeck Mai / Juni 2009

Land Städte


Baden-Württemberg Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Reutlingen, Stuttgart


Bayern Fürth, Ingolstadt, München, Nürnberg, Regensburg, Würzburg


Berlin Berlin


Bremen Bremen, Bremerhaven


Hamburg Hamburg


Hessen Frankfurt, Kassel, Wiesbaden


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Rostock, Schwerin


Niedersachsen Braunschweig, Göttingen, Hannover, Hildesheim, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Wolfsburg


Nordrhein-Westfalen Bergisch Gladbach, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Iserlohn, Köln, Mönchengladbach, Münster, Paderborn, Siegen, Wuppertal


Rheinland-Pfalz Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Mainz, Trier


Saarland Saarbrücken


Sachsen Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig


Sachsen-Anhalt Halle (Saale), Magdeburg


Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Lübeck


Thüringen Erfurt

„Street View ermöglicht es, Orte leichter zu finden und zu entdecken und auf einen Ort bezogene Aktivitäten besser zu planen. Dabei nehmen wir den Schutz der Privatsphäre unserer Nutzer sehr ernst. Street View beinhaltet ausschließlich Bildmaterial von öffentlichen Straßen, welches sich nicht von solchen Bildern unterscheidet, die jeder beim Entlangfahren einer Straße sehen und aufnehmen könnte. Bildmaterial dieser Art ist in vielfältiger Weise für Städte auf der ganzen Welt verfügbar. Wir halten die örtlichen Gesetze und Normen in jedem Land ein, in dem wir Street View anbieten.

Technologien zur Unkenntlichmachung und Optionen wie die Entfernung bestimmter Bilder gehören zu den Maßnahmen, mit denen wir den Schutz der Privatsphäre von Personen sicherstellen. Wir ermöglichen Nutzern auf einfache Weise, Bilder von ihnen, ihren Kindern, Autos oder Häusern auf Wunsch vollständig aus dem Produkt zu entfernen, selbst wenn das Bildmaterial bereits unkenntlich gemacht wurde.“

Warum regen sich eigentlich alle so auf ? Einfach melden wenn einen etwas stört. Google Motto bzw. Ethic Code lautet nicht umsonst: „Don’t be evil“


YARB robotic blimp controlled by Google Android G1 phone

„The open source Google Android G1 phone seemed like an obvious platform for wireless robotic control, so we created an Android-based console. After running this first with the ground-based Surveyor SRV-1 robot, we made a few small modifications and used it to control the Surveyor YARB. The tilt sensors in the Android phone work quite nicely for rotor control – we have proportional steering so the amount of tilt controls the amount of power, and live video is displayed on the Android screen from the blimp’s onboard Surveyor SRV-1 Blackfin camera, carried via the same radio channel that sends the control signals.
The project is hosted on Google Code at as well as“

Google powermeter

„If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.“ — Lord Kelvin

How much does it cost to leave your TV on all day? What about turning your air conditioning 1 degree cooler? Which uses more power every month — your fridge or your dishwasher? Is your household more or less energy efficient than similar homes in your neighborhood?


„Forknife“ the Android G1 controlled robot

„To see how well this idea worked I decided to build a small robot and a few applications to control it last weekend. The result of this is the Forknife Android G1 based robot, the RoboComm android application, and the RoboServ java server which I am happy to say work well. An overview of how the entire system works may be seen below.

In case others are interested in this, stuff, I have made my code for the robot, server, and android application available under the GPLv2 license. Please don’t get too upset with me if the code isn’t very polished.. I threw this together pretty quickly. At least I commented it! Be thankful :)“


Google Mobile App for your iPhone

„Google Mobile App helps you find the information you need quickly and easily with instant access to Google Search.

  • Search with your voice so you don’t have to type. New!
  • Search with My Location makes finding business, weather, and movie info easy. New!
  • Suggestions appear as you type to save you time.
  • Launch Gmail, Google News, and more from one place.“

Google Adding Free Voice Search to the iPhone

„Google has created an app for the iPhone that will give the handset advanced voice recognition, reports John Markoff from the NY Times. The app can answer location related questions (Finding the nearest Starbucks), give driving directions, respond to generic questions, and even search local data from the address book.“