Google has unveiled one of its most incredible technologies yet – augmented reality glasses.
Code-named ‘Project Glass’, the specs allow the wearer to get directions, take photographs, check in at places and message friends, with all the information appearing on the lenses of the glasses, and the technology staying out of the way when it’s not needed.
Is this the next technological leap or a wacky fad? We’ll let you be the judge!
There has been more than enough bad news in 2010, so for our review of the year, we focus on the top positive stories that hit the headlines.
• The rescue of 33 Chilean miners after 69 days trapped underground
• In Irish sport, two female sportswomen were centre stage this year – Katie Taylor and Grainne Murphy
• The opening of the Aviva Stadium in May
• Padraig Harrington helped to bring the Ryder Cup back to Europe
• John Hume crowned Ireland’s Greatest – let’s not forget how far we have come
• Irish animator Richard Baneham picked up the Best Visual Effects Award at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards
• Despite the recession, it was great to see Forever 21 and New Look opening stores in Dublin, as well as the opening of a number of other home-grown ventures such as Article in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dolls, Bibi’s Cafe, The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh and Le Cafe des Irlandais on George’s St.
Elevate’s highlights included the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award exhibition, the opening of The Village at Lyons Cookery School with Clodagh McKenna, The Gloss and Moët & Chandon cinema club, ebookers.ie search to find an Irish Hotel Inspector, Grey Goose Characters and Cocktails Ball, SEAT Hot Laps at Top Gear, the Rehab Waterways Adventure in Association with Bord na Móna, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and the launch of the fourth Curvette of the Year. We welcomed new clients including Nokia, SEAT, Bord na Móna, The Wyatt Hotel, Hennessy, RTE and Meteor, as well as two new staff, Karen Finnerty and Aoife Smith. A big thank you too, to our host of interns, who helped us over the past twelve months.
- SEAT Ireland unveiled Nadia Forde as its new brand ambassador this week, handing her the keys to her brand new SEAT Leon TDI
- Fade Street, the Irish version of The Hills, aired on RTE
last night – did you get to see it and what did you think?
- A ‘Do for Donal’ takes place this evening in The Button Factory for the Donal Gilligan Trust Fund
- The final Formula 1 race of the year, which decides the World Champion, is in Abu Dhabi this weekend – we’re shouting for Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton
- New Look and Forever 21 opened in Dublin city centre this week – we can’t wait to pop in!
This morning’s “Confidence in Media?” session in The Shelbourne Hotel brought together a range of speakers to discuss the impact of media reporting on our current economic woes. Hosted by economist and broadcaster Marc Coleman, in conjunction with Confidence in Action, the session kicked off with a talk by businessman Denis O’Brien. He called for balance in reporting good and bad news in equal measure and noted the impact of new media, referencing the online frenzy that followed the Taoiseach’s interview on Morning Ireland. He claimed this incident demonstrated exactly how much Ireland is being scrutinized by international media at the moment and finished by saying that a lack of consumer confidence is the ‘absolute missing ingredient’ in helping the country get back on its feet. » continue reading
- Two in a row for London at the Rose of Tralee – we were impressed by host Daithi’s banter with the Roses
- We attended the Prudence Beauty Awards at the lovely Gibson Hotel last night – well done to all the winners and runner ups
- Aer Arann has gone into examinership this week
- After the horrible wheely bin incident in the UK, we were delighted to hear the story of Lilou the cat who went for a trip on the Dart. Iarnród Eireann used twitter to find its owner and the two were reunited yesterday
- Will Dermot Early play a role for Kildare on Sunday in the all Ireland semi-final against Down?
We attended an interesting talk in the Science Gallery last week about the exciting and innovative advertising opportunities around AdLabels. Hosted by the Irish Times, the event’s guest speaker was Frank Azevedo, who discussed the benefits of AdLabels for print advertising in Ireland. » continue reading