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Google Glass blocking devices seek to stop WiFi connections

New anti-router gadgets are working to block augmented reality glasses, cameras, and drones from connecting.

There is a growing number of people who are feeling uneasy about the presence of security cameras, drones, and Google Glass wearers, among other types of device, that could be recording video or audio of them without their knowledge or permission.

In response to this discomfort with the technology, devices are being developed to stop those devices from getting online.

Among these devices, one that is currently receiving a considerable amount of attention is the Cyborg Unplug. All that a user needs to do is to plug it into an electrical socket. From that point on, if a Google Glass device or some other form of surveillance gadget should try to connect to WiFi within the vicinity, it will sound an alarm

Moreover, that gadget can also stop Google Glass and other devices from connecting to a WiFi network.

Device Blocks Google GlassWhen plugged in at home for example, the Cyborg Unplug will stop surveillance devices from being able to connect to the owners WiFi network. Essentially, the device is a very small sized router that contains firmware that is built to be able to identify and stop devices based on their MAC addresses.

This particular mobile gadget was developed by an artist who resides in Berlin, named Julian Oliver. He came up with a bit of code that was called Glasshole.sh which was created specifically to stop wearers of Google’s augmented reality headsets from being able to connect to a WiFi network. The concept was popular enough that Oliver felt justified in developing a complete consumer product that was designed for that same purpose.

On the official website for the product, Oliver points out that when the Cyborg Unplug is in its “All Out Mode,” – which is the setting that stops Google Glass and surveillance devices from making a connection with any WiFi located in the area, the use of the device is actually not legal in many areas, and he advises against its use in that way. That said, with the option available, it would not be unimaginable for consumers to choose to break the law in order to try to protect their privacy…or more realistically, for activists to slip these very small sized devices into public places with hot spots, in order to cause some chaos.

Valve developing augmented reality system


Valve reveals work on augmented reality headset

Acclaimed game developer Valve has held a strong presence in the gaming industry for several years. The company is well known for its innovative products and creative approach to gaming. Recently, Valve began looking to bolster its ranks with fresh hardware developers that were to work on a new project. This project has been shrouded in secrecy for some time, but a profile of Valve from the New York Times has shed some light on the project.

Developer interested in changing the way people experience games

Valve has been working to develop a new augmented reality headset. While this may come as a surprise to some, Valve has long believed that augmented reality, as well as other interactive technologies, could be the future of gaming. The company has taken a page from Google and has created a pair of augmented reality glasses that will be used in its “wearable computing” project. The developer’s interest in augmented reality seems to be born of frustration concerning the rate of progress being seen in computer technology and how games are limited to this technology.

Augmented reality continues to gain favor throughout the gaming industryAugmented Reality Gaming Technology

Augmented reality gaming is becoming more popular as more people become exposed to it. The vast majority of games that make use of augmented reality can be found on mobile platforms, such as smart phones and tablets. This has made the games accessible to a large portion of consumers, as mobile technology is exceedingly popular. Valve believes that people’s exposure to augmented reality has prepared them for a new generation of technology that makes use of the software.

Valve project may unlock new possibilities in gaming

Valve is keeping the details of its augmented reality project secret for the time being. The developer has not released an estimated time in which its project will be available to consumers. When it does see commercial launch, however, Valve’s augmented reality project may help usher in a new generation of gaming and help revolutionize the game industry as a whole.