Preview & Review - Google Glass

Google Glass


This is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, designed in an advanced computing concept, where computing is made to appear everywhere& anywhere, & to display information in a hands-free format, that can interact with the internet through natural language voice commands. This is an attempt to free data from desktop computers, & portable devices like phones and tablets. By uttering the phrase 'Okay Google', followed by one of the recognized commands, wearers can search the web, take pictures, record movies, execute messaging service, start video chats, know weather reports, look  for map directions, & perform on-screen translation service.
Google Inc hopes Glass as a liberating breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations than checking a smartphone to see what's happening in your digital realm. Some critics deride Glass as another disturbing example of a how enslaved people are to their devices and a sign that technology is obiliterating personal privacy.
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Android 4.0.4 and higher; 640x360 pixels display; 5MP camera with 720p video recording capacity; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g; Bluetooth; 16GB storage capacity; 682MB RAM; Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2 GHz Dual (ARMv7); 3 axis Gyroscope; 3 axis accelerometer; 3 axis magnetometer; Ambient light sensing & proximity sensor; touchpad to control the device; & Bone conduction transducer. Further, Google Glass Applications (Glassware) are free applications built by 3rd party developers. A touchpad is located on right side, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backwards shows current events,and sliding forward shows past events. The device receives data through Wi-Fi, or it can have wireless connection via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone, and use its 3G or 4G data. The Glass also has a GPS chip.

Google has initially created "Explorer Edition", the early prototype version of the Google Glass at a cost of $1500 USD per set. It is presumed that the actual cost of this item will be around $300 USD per set, when it will reach the retail market, perhaps in early 2014. For now, this Glass is well suited for persons with good eyesight or using contact lenses. One user of 'Explorer' expressed: the built-in Glass Guide offers advice about color choices, & physically adjusting Glass is a quick process, as the frames are made from titanium, & easy to shape. In order to set up the Glass, you need to connect to your Google account to the Glass through one computer, & you can also opt for the services of Google streamed to your Glass. You can use free MyGlass Android application to pair Glass with your phone. Glass is at its full capacity, when you are interacting with it without having to twitch, wink or tap. Glass knows which way you are facing, so directions shift to match your views. It is easy to switch between driving and walking with directions as well. Voice guidance, turn-by-turn directions , and route overviews complete the picture. The Glass camera is remarkably good for such a tiny unit. It has a fixed focal length of 3mm, but is about f/2.5, so it can get reasonable images even indoor. Glass will tune the ISO from 60 to 960. Hence shutter speed suffers in low light, resulting in blurry images, but the short focal length has reasonably good focus from only one inch away from the lens out to infinity.

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Without touching the hardware, just say the word and Glass will take a photo or record a video, which will be stored on the 4GB flash memory of the device, & can be shared via email or social networking sites.
Glass will show text messages and emails, and allow you to reply them via voice commands.
Simply ask a question to Glass, & it will search the internet like a Googler.
When you are attending a webinar or party or function or concert, you can share the feed with your friends and collegues in real-time & make them a part of the experience.
Google Now, the digital voice assistant from Google has been integrated in this device. It will keep track of your daily habits, such as when you leave for office or the route you take. It will give you alternate routes if there is traffic on the way.
Simply ask Glass to translate a phrase or sentence from one language to other, & it will speak that out.
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