Google Glass is a brand new piece of technology that has many people talking, it’s never been seen before in a sense. A smart pair of glasses is something nobody though would occur in our lifetimes, yet here we are! The Google Glasses themselves of course have plenty of different pros and cons to take a look at, so are they really worth the whopping price they’ve set on them? The new technology is actually already available to a few certain people, they call them “Explorers” (I would consider them one of the luckier groups of people in the world, everybody wants to get their hands on Google Glass!). Although plenty of people are excited for this brand new release there’s no overshadowing the cons, people have stated that Google Glass is the most disruptive piece of technology they’ve gotten their hands on recently. Knowing the things you need to know about Google Glass can be somewhat tricky, which is exactly why we’ve compiled this list of features and a basic rundown of what’s inside the equipment itself. You most definitely have a reason to be excited about the release, but if you aren’t sure what you’re about to get into than keep reading.
What Exactly Is It?
Google Glass is a brand new technology that makes use of “smart glasses” in your everyday life, many people assumed it would be some sort of crazy holographic experience (which isn’t exactly the case, as sad as it is to say). The display offered is a 640×360 resolution, which may not seem that appealing at firt but you have to remember that the display is only a small piece of the glass near your eye (not that it’s actually glass material, which could be dangerous). It’s capable of capturing 720p video and the audio interface is ran through a bone conduction transducer. This simply means that you don’t need to wear headphones with this technology, the audio and vibrations will be fed to your ear bones (every ear has small bones in them) which is quite the cool feature. The onboard storage comes in at a whopping 16GB, which is relatively good considering they are glasses. Only 12GB of the storage is usable though, as about 4GB of space is taken up by the base software and such available on the Google Glass. On top of that the device is automatically synched up with Google’s cloud storage process, so this could add a bit more storage on top of what you’ve already got.
Glasses can be weird on some faces, if you’ve ever bought a pair of sunglasses before you know first-hand how it feels to have a pair that doesn’t properly fit you. Google has stated that the new technology is going to fit every single face that tries to work with it, there are also even three different sets of adjustable nose pads to make the experience that much more comfy. Although Google hasn’t given us numbers regarding the onboard battery we can expect to use it for about one full day, the company did however state that you could get “one full day of typical use” to back this theory. Everybody has a different use for their smart technologies, so how typical can use be? The way one person uses it isn’t going to be the exact same as another, would a typical day be related to a typical day with a smart phone? Google made sure to say that any video capturing processes or even using Google Hangouts would attribute to the battery life dying quicker (this is pretty much common sense at this point).
The charging method is easy and efficient, as it would be with most other smartphones and things along the lines of that. The Google Glass makes use of a microUSB cable to charge itself, it also offers Bluetooth (as well as Wi-Fi connections) to be obtained. This could be used to pair your Google Glass with your smart phone to create an incredibly efficient form of communication.
Prescription Glasses with Google Glass
People whom are required to wear glasses on a daily basis might find some comfort in this new technology as well, Google also stated that those who were “Explorers” (meaning people who got their hands on the technology earlier than others) would be completely upgraded to the newest version of the hardware free of charge. Some of the kits given out have even been attached with prescription glasses themselves, which would just mean that Google Glass got a whole lot more efficient! The new design that they’ve realized looks relatively different when you compare it to the previous instalment. The glasses are a bit thicker and bulkier, there’s also an earpiece that can be attached to it with the use of the 3.5mm headphone jack (meaning it’s removable, which is always a nice touch). Although there hasn’t been a lot of specific specs being released there’s still information that has us giddy and anxious for the widespread release. The implementation of prescription glasses was a great one, as before it was either get some contact lenses for yourself or you’re out of luck. If you had access to the earlier version of Google Glass and would prefer the new and improved version all you’ve got to do is go through the “swap program” (only available to those who have had the Google Glass since October 28 or earlier, or those who have actually signed up for the switch).
If the actual software within the glasses wasn’t enough for you than those who enjoy looking good could get a kick out of this next one. Google announced that they would be coming out with the new “Titanium Collection” for all of their Google Glass prescription sets around the world. The new collection offers up frames to the users that are both durable as well as light weight. There are four different styles to choose from regarding this collection, those being; Curve, Thin, Split and Bold. These frames come alongside two different pairs of sunglasses. The frames themselves are supposed to be stylish and appealing to those who really look for a “pretty” piece of technology to use. If you’re already an owner of Google Glass than you should be able to upgrade to the new series of frames, the only thing is that would cost you $225 to make the switch.
So What Does It Do?
Google Glass has been deemed pointless by plenty of people in the past, but the fact of the matter is it actually manages to get things done rather efficiently. Like any other new technology it’s going to be picked apart as the release date draws closer and closer, but some people actually have no clue as to what these glasses actually do. A team of researchers from UC Berkeley’s CITRIS lab is already creating new processes, they’ve developed a mod for Google Glass that would allow you to control your household appliances (hands-free coffee, anyone?). Another team of developers even managed to add an IR emitter to their Google Glass unit, when you use it alongside an Xbee 802.15.4 Wi-Fi radio and a microcontroller you can control every device with an IR transmitter inside of it. If that isn’t new era technology than I don’t know what is, but it doesn’t sit quite right with me that all of these outside developers are managing this. Why didn’t Google bother to implement these ideas themselves? It also been said that Virgin have been using it on their flights from London Heathrow which I’m sure is a new experience for their passengers.
There are mods readily available that will allow you control a cornucopia of different appliances, things like lights or even heating and air conditioning would be the most common ones. Researchers were also able to create different controls for different devices that may be within control range. The emitter itself isn’t going to score you any style points, but it does add a lot of working methods to the Google Glass (which is a lot better than style in my personal opinion). Although these are mods and aren’t really representations of the developments Google has made themselves it still gives us a glimpse into the future in a sense. If these kinds of things are able to be achieved now, just think about what we’ll be able to do with these glasses in a few years or so.
Photography and imaging processes are important on pieces of technology like this, if you’re going to be walking around with these on a daily basis you’re going to want to take a picture or two. Explorers who have been making use of the Google Glass for quite some time now are in for a treat, as the new software update will allow them to take their photos simply with a wink. The fact that technology is able to do this now is quite astonishing, and the update itself is known as XE12. Although it sounds rather cool it’s only known as a temporary feature and was only given to Explorers so that they could test it (and then after that return their feedback back to Google). Another thing to look at with this update would be the implementation of MyGlass for the iOS, which would allow Glass management through the iPhone or even iPad (as well as the implementation of turn-by-turn directions).
The Google Glass seems like a great piece of technology, but one thing that rubs me the wrong way is the fact that it only costs about $60 to produce the product. I know business is business, but charging about ten times more for a product than it cost to manufacture it is pretty cruel in the economic state we’re living in. Nonetheless I’m sure there will be a plethora of buyers ready to purchase it once the wide-scale release has come to fruition and the support provided from the product will be tip top.