Google Glass

Google Glass.
Credit: Google

Google Glass. Credit: Google

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“OK Glass…” are the two words you will begin to hear more often.  With the ever changing technology of today’s society, Google wants to show the world a different view on technology.

Many of us are glued to our smartphones, tablets, and computers throughout the day, now Google is introducing a hands-free device for technology lovers of all ages.  Google Glass, also known as Project Glass, is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display in the form of glasses.  The design of the glass is built to be lightweight, comfortable, and as unobtrusive as possible.  The stylish sleek devise currently comes in five colors: Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton and Sky. Google is in the talks of partnering with sunglass retailers, and they are considering on opening retail stores to reach out to customers. The mission for producing Project Glass is a mass-market, ever-present computer. Google Glass Explore Edition is currently released for developers only.
While the glass is a great addition to today’s technology it also comes with negative effects. The price is one of them, currently costing $1,500 for a pair. However, the price is expected to drop drastically when it is released to consumers according to Topology Research’s Jason Tsai; however, nothing is confirmed yet. Safety tends to be another effect with the glass; recently a Californian driver was ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass. This event will spark a nationwide debate on whether or not it is safe to drive with the glass on. Prescription glasses, the problem with the current explore edition of the glass is consumers who wear prescription glasses cannot wear the glass. Google is currently working on an edition that will work with frames and lenses that match the wearer’s prescription.
It is up to you whether you think $1,500 is a suitable price for this ever-changing piece of technology. The device surely won’t disappoint its customers with the features on the glass. Those features include, taking photos and video, Google searches, directions, phone calls, emails, and “hangouts” – a video calling service where people that are calling can see what you see through the Google glass camera. The glass responds to voice commands, as well as taps and gestures on the touch-sensitive bar on the side of the frame. But, don’t let your phone just sit in the dust once this new product is available; the glass can be paired with a phone using the “My Glass” application to allow quick fixing with settings and customization.
The current version of Google Glass offers a 640 x 360 display with a 5 megapixel camera built-in to the frame that can capture a video at 720p resolution. The device has a 16GB memory built into the device, though only 12GB is available for user storage. The rechargeable battery of the glass is significantly decent lasting just about a day; depending on how often the device is used. Among the many things built into the device like Bluetooth and WiFi, GPS will not be – this is where a smartphone would come into play by using the Bluetooth feature. Through the bone conduction transfer sound will be produced – which vibrates your skull to transmit to your eardrum.
The Google Glass is expected to be released in 2014.















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