Entries with tag head mounted display.

QR Code Used to Hack Google Glass

A security flaw in Google Glass that would let hackers  gather information from the head-mounted display has been uncovered. Lookout mobile security researchers were able to use a vulnerability associated with how the device processes images and looks for QR codes in every image. If a QR code is detected, it is decoded to determine whether it specifies a Wi-Fi network to connect to and establish an Internet connection, regardless of whether the code only appears in a portion of the frame. “We created a QR code that told Glass to connect to a Wi-Fi network of my choosing and started sending data to that,”  Marc Rogers, principal security analyst at Lookout, told the Guardian. “We could become the middleman, and if we needed to, strip out the encryption on the connection. Then we could see the pictures or video that it’s uploading. We could also direct it to a site on the web which exploits a known vulnerability in Android 4.0.4… which hacked Glass [as] it browsed the page.” It could be the first time an image has been used to take advantage of a vulnerability. Google has fixed the flaw. (The Guardian)(SlashGear)(PC Mag) 

Wearable Computing Goes to the Dogs

The market for wearable computing is currently valued at US$800 million, according to Juniper Research, which expects nearly 15 million wearable smart devices to be sold in 2013, but now the market is going to the dogs. The Georgia Institute of Technology is creating “facilitating interactions for dogs with occupations” or FIDO, a wearable computing device for dogs designed to make it easier for a working dog, such as an assistance dog or police canine, to communicate with its handler. The system uses a sensor on the canine’s vest or collar to transmit a verbal command the handler would be able to hear through an earpiece or see on a head-mounted display. Initially, they used a dog vest equipped with an Arduino microprocessor and tested four different sensors that dogs could activate by biting, tugging, or placing their mouth next to them. The participating service dogs learned how to activate the sensors to set off a tone. The technology could eventually be used to allow bomb-detection dogs to tell their handler the type of bomb they found, for example, or permit rescue dogs to notify humans that they have found an injured person. Google is funding the research. The researchers are scheduled to present their work at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers 8 through 12 September 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. (redOrbit)(Fast Company)(MIT Technology Review)

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