Hope you have heard the name of “Google Glass.” And if not, then believe me it’s the most hotly anticipated gadget that can revolutionize the world around you. Expected to be launched by the end of 2013, this wearable smart-device represent the next stage in mobile computing.
Developed by Google Inc, Google Glass is not an extension of Android Smartphone or tablet but is a whole new gadget in itself that will free data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and place it right in front of the person’s eyes ho has wear it.
What is Google Glass?
Essentially, Google Glass is a spectacle frame with built-in camera, display, touch-pad, battery and microphone. Google Glass uses display technology to put data in front of your vision which can be easily seen without obstructing normal view. The display, according to Google is “equivalent to a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away.”
Google Glass is in fact a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a Smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands
Controlling this data is the next neat important thing. With a microphone and touch-pad on one arm of the frame, one can select what he want to do with a brief gesture or by talking to the device, and Google Glass will interpret his commands.
Google Glass can also provide sound, with bone-induction technology confirmed. This vibrates your skull to create sound, which is both more grisly sounding and much less cumbersome than traditional headphones.
What Google Glass can do?
Apart from using Google’s own list of features, Google Glass can virtually do a lot of thing and it will not be an exaggeration to say that basically, the sky’s the limit.
Google Glass can shoot a photo or film a video being prompted by a voice command – which require no explanation. One can use the Google hangout software to video conference with his or her friends and show them what they are looking at. You can use Google Maps to get directions, although with GPS absent from the spec list, you’ll need to tether Glass to your phone.
To do that, Google offers the MyGlass app. This pairs your headset with an Android phone. As well as sharing GPS data, this means messages can be received, viewed on the display, and answered using the microphone and Google’s voice-to-text functionality.
Google has given its Glass project a big boost by snapping up a deal with voice specialists DNN research. That functionality will also bring the ability to translate the words being spoken to you into your own language on the display.
Third parties are also already developing some rather cool/scary apps for Google Glass – including one that allows you to identify your friends in a crowd, and another that allows you to dictate an email. The New York Times app gives an idea how news will be displayed when it’s asked for: a headline, byline, appropriate image and number of hours since the article was published are displayed.
To have a sneak peak as to how it feels through Google Glass, take a look into its official promo released on 20/2/13 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BTCoT8ajbI
What are the specifications of Google Glass?
Mooted to be 640 x 360 displays, the built-in camera is a 5MP snapper that can film at 720p.
Battery life is apparently a day with the usual “typical use” which excludes a lot of videoing.
There’s 16GB of flash memory built into the device, although only 12GB will be available for user storage. The device will sync to your Google Drive in the cloud.
Bluetooth and WiFi (802.11b/g) will be built in, but no GPS chip – so the Glass will probably work best alongside an Android phone, although you can pair with any Bluetooth enabled phone.
The frame will come with replacement and adjustable nose pads, and is expected to be both lightweight and extremely robust. It will also have a touch-pad along one arm.
The sound will be produced through bone conduction transfer – vibrating your skull to transmit to your ears.
There is a Micro USB cable and charger for the developer’s versions, and all of the above specs are expected to be replicated in the consumer versions when they arrive.
The five color options of the frame will be, Shale, Tangerine, Charcoal, Cotton and Sky.
How much will Google Glass cost?
The Google Glass Explorer (the developer version being sent out now) costs $1,500 – around £985 or AU$1,449.
The consumer versions, which are expected to arrive by the end of 2013, are expected to be a little cheaper, although any actual prices remain speculative. They are unlikely to be super-cheap – but Google’s success with the Nexus 7 tablet may prompt the company to subsidize some of the cost.
When is the Google Glass release date?
A final release date has not been announced, but sources tell us that the original suggestion of 2014 was actually overly pessimistic and we could see Google Glass arrive in time for the end of 2013.