So here we are in early 2013 and we could expect a big treat in technology innovation by the end of this year with Google Glass.
This smart looking Apple like device that only hollywood could ever dream about is being put into practise by Google and actually purchasable very soon.
To be honest I only heard about this device a few weeks ago and decided to do some investigation to see what it is all about and here is what I found.
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What is Google’s Project Glass?
Google Glass is the attempt to make wearable computing mainstream, and it’s effectively a smart pair of glasses with an integrated heads-up display and a battery hidden inside the frame.
Wearable computing is not a new idea, Infact it has been kicking around for quite some time now but Google’s ever growing bank account and can-do attitude means that Project Glass could well be the first product to do significant numbers.
When will it be released?
Originally Project Glass was mooted for a public release in 2014 at the earliest but the latest news on the Google Glass release date suggest it’s beginning to look like we could see consumer units by the end of 2013.
That’s because the prototype Explorer units are becoming an increasingly common site around San Francisco – and Google is even allowing competition ‘winners’ to pay $1,500 to get these early offerings.
What does Google Glass do?
The core of Google Glass is its tiny prism display which sits not in your eyeline, but a little above it. You can see what is on the display by glancing up. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and, reportedly, use bone induction to give you sound.
Voice control is used to control the device; you say ‘ok glass’ to get a range of options including taking pictures, videos, send messages using speech to text, ‘hang out’ with people or get directions to somewhere. You access these options by saying them out loud.
Most of this functionality is self explanatory; hang out is Google’s video conferencing technology and allows you to talk to people via web cam, and stream them what you are seeing and the directions use Google Maps and the inbuilt GPS to help you find your way.
The results are displayed on the prism – essentially putting data into your view like a head up display (HUD). It’s potentially incredibly handy. Also has automatic voice and speech recognition – and Google has given its Glass project a big boost by snapping up specialists DNN research.
People are 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.
visit: Google Glass To see The Experience Through Pictures
What are the Google Glass specifications?
An FCC filing in the US revealed many potential details, suggesting that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth would be used to send pictures to the screen, whilst bone-induction may be used for sound, vibrating your skull to communicate the sound into your inner ear. It’s not a new technology, but certainly does have critics who suggest that it falls short of traditional headphones.
We don’t have a lot of the final details on specs just yet – but expect Google Glass to run modified Android, to sport a decent resolution camera with a decent lens and we’d be fairly certain that the microphone needs to be a good quality.
There will be a GPS chip, and the lightweight and flexible glasses design will come in five colours – Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton, Sky. That’s black, orange, grey, white and blue for anyone that prefers plain English over marketing speak.
I already wear glasses. Will Google Glasses work for me?
Yes. Google is experimenting with designs that will fit over existing glasses so you don’t have to wear two lots of specs.
Infact, you should be able to get them before 2013 ends, according to Google.
What is the Project Glass price?
The NYT again: according to “several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named,” the glasses are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones.” So that’s around $750/£500, then, possibly with the help of a hefty Google subsidy.
The latest hints definitely suggest a price that will make them attractive to technophiles.
The developer versions – traditionally more expensive that the final consumer units – were made available for pre-order for $1,500 (£966).
As to WHERE you can buy the specs; online will be a certainty, but don’t rule out Glass making a debut in an all-new Google Store, with the search giant apparently considering actual shops to showcase the tech to those who haven’t been following every development.
Who is providing the competition?
Of course, with something as high profile as Google Glass, every major company has been linked with building a competitor.
Apple and Microsoft are Google’s most obvious rivals – and both are rumoured to be working on their own equivalents, and Sony has gone as far as to patent a Glass-alike offering.
Google Glass pre-order customers will get regular updates
Those people who paid Google $1,500 for the privilege of pre-ordering some Project Glass specs will be recieving “private updates” through Google+.
check out this video to see how it feels wearing Google Glasses.
Video courtesy of Youtube and Google