What is Google Glass – A Quick Summary

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You may have heard about Google Glass here and there on the internet. This titanium-framed wearable computer has the tech world abuzz, but for a hefty $1,500 price tag – many remain hesitant to jump on board to purchase one without really knowing what it’s all about. To sum it up, Google Glass is essentially Google on your face, allowing you access the internet hands-free and not at a desk. It will take your phone calls, it will send your texts, take your photos and video, as well as show maps and help you navigate. It delivers search results and helps you socialise on the go.

Lets get more into detail about it:

A QUICK INTRODUCTION

Google Glass is a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display developed by Google, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information similar to that of a smartphone hands-free format, where wearers communicate with the internet via natural language voice commands that Google Glass picks up and translates for them. On April 15 2014, Google Glass launched in the USA for a limited time for $1500 before becoming officially available to the general public on May 15, 2014 for the same price. Google also provides four prescription frame choices for $225.00 U.S and free with the purchase of any new Glass unit. In designing their frame designs, they partnered with Italian eyewear company Luxottica (owners of Ray-Ban, Oakley and other brands) for assistance.

 THE DEVELOPMENT

Google Glass was developed by Google X, the facility within Google headquarters that is devoted to technological advancements.  Google Glass is smaller and slimmer than previous head-mounted display designs, with the prototype resembling standard eyeglasses with the lends replaced by a head-up display. The product began testing in April 2012 and in May 2012, Google demonstrated for the first time how Google Glass could be used to shoot videos. In June 2014, Nepal Government adopted Google Glass for tackling with the poachers of wild animals and herbs of Chitwan International Park and other parks listed under World heritage sites, as well as using Google Glass to track animals and birds in the jungle. This operation lead to the latest development in Military operation, as Google Glass was used in Military for the first time in the world by Nepal.

FEATURES

  • Voice activation: Google Glass can be controlled using ‘voice actions’; to activate Glass, wearers tilt their heads 30° upward and say “OK Glass” to turn it on.
  • Touch pad:  located on the side of Google Glass, it allows users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen.
  • Sliding backwards shows current events, such as weather, whereas sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle friend updates and more.
  • Camera: it has the ability to take photos and record 720 HD video
  • Display: ‘The Explorer’ version of Google Glass uses a Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), field-sequential colour, LED illuminated display that is P-polarized and then shines through the polarizing beam splitter to the LCoS panel, reflecting light.

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS

Google Glass applications are free applications built by third-party developers. It also uses many existing Google applications such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+ and Gmail. On April 25 2013, Google released the Mirror API allowing developers to start making apps for Glass that are ad-free and don’t charge fees (although this may change in the future). Many developers and companies have already built applications such as facial recognition, translation, exercise, photo manipulation, sharing to social networks and more.

Interested in finding out more? Head to the official Google Glass website for all the details.

Author: Smart Homes for Living

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