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ology trends 2013 WIRELESS CHARGING Ever wanted to charge your mobile device while enjoying a cup of coffee at your favourite cafĂŠ? 2013 will see more smartphone manufacturers provide wireless charging capabilities in their devices.

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GOOGLE GLASSES Google Glass is a futuristic concept that integrates an LCD or AMOLED display with the software app, Google Goggles. The underlying concept behind their newest offering is wearable computing. Although wearable computing has been explored in the past, this is the first large scale implementation marketed for a mass consumer base.

30 companies across the smart-phone ecosystem are joining the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) organization; PMA comprises government leaders and major companies such as Starbucks, AT&T and Google. The PMA is working towards a cable-free wireless power system. Duracell has started manufacturing portable batteries for wireless charging and Wireless Charging Cards (WiCC) which can be embedded into phone charging systems. Wireless charging has a high adoption rate and it has started its journey towards becoming a future industry standard for handheld devices.

Google Gasses will deliver an augmented reality experience to its users. When passing by restaurants, theatres and other areas, special offers and new products will appear on the Google Glasses. Users can also communicate with each other over video or IM chat using Google Glasses. The integration of satellite navigation increases the utility of the device. The Google Glasses will be running an Android operating system with 3G/4G data connectivity. Google will also pack in a front-facing camera with flash, primarily for video conferencing purposes. The developer preview of Google Glasses will be released in the latter half of 2013.

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The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  
The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  

March 2013 issue of THE RIDGE - the largest student-run magazine in the National University of Singapore