Google Glass updated to XE6 gets auto HDR and low light photos

first_imgTrue to their word, the next monthly update from Google has been released for Glass. Version XE6 of the Glass software comes with an overhaul of the photo capture and sharing service, which now includes high dynamic range (HDR) shooting and the ability to add captions to photos before sharing.Glass updates arrive automatically, with very little effort on behalf of the user. When an update is available, Glass will start procedure the next time you connect it to power. The update process is quick and painless, and follows the same basic steps as any other Android device.Once an update is downloaded, and when the hardware reboots you’ll be left with the latest software. If you happen to be wearing Glass while this update is happening — because, for some reason, you’ve decided to try and charge Glass while wearing it — you’ll be given a link to the changelog for the update right in your display. As the display stays on for the entire process and you’re downloading and installing a system update, the titanium band next to the camera button on Glass gets noticeably warm to the touch. Once the update is finished, however, it’s back to business as usual.XE6 doesn’t offer any significant changes to the core Glass functions. Menus are all the same, in fact the only real difference in anything but the camera is a slightly different tone for when you have the head detection sensor active. The noise that is made when you remove the headset is slightly different, making it clear that Glass knows you’ve removed it and making it so the user doesn’t think a notification just arrived on Glass. All the other changes for Glass in this update happen in the camera.Taking pictures on Glass is a mostly automated process. Once you learn how to frame the shot based on the relative position of the camera sensor to your face, you learn to just say “OK Glass, take a picture” or tapping the shutter button and letting Glass do the rest of the work. You can’t focus manually, it’s all done through the Glass software. Now, when you ask Glass to take a photo, it will take three instead. You’ll see the shot appear in your display as usual, but the photo will change slightly based on the results of the other photos that were taken. These HDR shots offer a better picture in most cases, and make Glass actually useable in low light situations.Once you have a photo worth sharing, you can now speak a caption into Glass before posting it to your social network of choice. The caption is just as accurate as every other speech translation service on Glass, which means you can be pretty verbose in your caption as long as there’s not a ton of noise around you. The caption add system allows you to interrupt a share to add the caption, so if you choose not to add one the image will post just like before.For an incremental update, XE6 makes the camera much more useful. Google’s plans to release updates every month for the forseeable future means there will be a lot of little changes like this, based on the experiences gained from the explorer program.last_img read more

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