Technology has always been forging ahead by leaps and bounds. Technology has never failed to amaze and surprise us. And technology, has served a great deal to mankind. In this era of smart phones and ultrabooks, there comes a new gadget to take the world of technology by storm. Yes, it is the Google Glass.
WHAT IS GOOGLE GLASS?
Google glass is a wearable computer in the form of pair of glasses that is designed to do the work of a smart phone or a tablet using voice commands; the importance thing is that it comes in the form of spectacles! It uses virtual reality interface to show different options in front of eyes while bearing these glasses.There is an Android-powered display that resides just immediately above the right eye. This display provides information about almost anything; and also enables activities like taking pictures, recording videos, live streaming of videos and travel directions and lots more; all these accessible by Siri-like voice commands. There is also a 720 pixel camera that is embedded in front of the gadget. This enables the wearer to take pictures or record even live videos.
This magic device is quite strong and flexible and comes in 5 different colours; orange, white, black, grey and sky blue. For those people with a weaker vision, the glasses come as ‘prescription’ spectacles; and hence there is no doubt the glasses are available for everybody with a vision! One more geeky thing about these glasses is that they come with built in wifi and can tether via Android or Iphone.
HOW GOOGLE GLASS STARTED ( A BRIEF )
Google glass was a born out of a research and development program called ‘Project Glass’, which is being developed by Google X Lab, which has also worked on some future technologies like driver-less cars.
The testing of the gadget began in April 2012, and the very next month a demo video of the glass was released. It is in February 2013, that the demo showcasing the glass filming various experiences in first person was released.
THE EXPLORER PROGRAM
The Explorer program is an early adopter strategy which is available for developers and consumers to test Google Glass, thereby giving the wearers an opportunity to put forwards how they want to use Glass. The Explorer edition will receive data through Wi-Fi, and it uses its 3G or 4G data. Interestingly, the glass also has a GPS chip. The wearers give voice commands by first saying “ok glass”, and then the command. They also have an option of scrolling through the different menus using a finger along the side of the device. This edition has one more exciting feature. There is an interchangeable sunglasses accessory which twists on or off easily. And the device is updated monthly, as the program starts.
WHY GOOGLE GLASS?
Every new piece of technology has a reason for being invented. There have been numerous gadgets that have proved really worthy to mankind. And in the list comes Google Glass too.
Google Glass has been designed in such a way that it becomes possible most of the functions that can be performed by Iphones and Ipads. There are a number of other features which are additional. So to say, Google Glass is just as advanced as a smart phone (or perhaps even more advanced), the only difference being that, with Glass things happen not by the touch of the screen, but by the blink of an eye and giving voice commands!
The brilliant hands-free technology can identify what exactly you are looking at and analyse the world around you. No doubt, Glass has already made it to the TIMES list of best inventions of 2012!
CONCERNS OVER GLASS
Every invention, however creative and innovative, comes with a set of disadvantages. Though the disadvantages vary in number, they do exist. And so is the case with Google Glass too.
The first being the fear of raditions. A wearer of Glass would be getting exposed directly to electromagnetic radiation for almost 14 hours a day. And electromagnetic rays penetrating into your head for that long everyday is not something good to hear. Moreover, the Glass requires internet connection, without which it cannot deliver search results etc. The problem with Glass here is that it lacks the ability to connect to a wireless network by itself, and the wearer should have a wireless Bluetooth connection installed in his/her mobile for Glass to function.
Secondly Privacy, there is also a concern over the potential of Glass to film people without their knowledge; and also accidents that might happen because of the people getting distracted due to the information flashing before their eyes.
GOOGLE GLASS PRICE
The Glass, also called the ‘Google Glass Explorer’ edition, is priced around $1500. The pre-order participation is available only to those citizens based in the US.
As far as regular customers are concerned, Google Glass is available by the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, and is placed around the same price.
In addition this, Google has also arranged a sweepstakes of sorts, wherein several lucky winners will be awarded with a set of the Glass. In regard to this, Google has set up a website focusing on #ifihadglass contest in search of creative and bold individuals.
In order to win, all one has to do is to tell Google (on either Twitter or Google+), what you would do if you had a pair of Google Glasses. There are a few minimum requirements for one to participate in this contest:
– Make sure your application is 50 words or less, and that you include #ifihadglass in it.
– A maximum of 5 photos and a video of 15 minutes can be included.
– You got to ensure to follow Google Glass on Google+ (ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass)
– You must be 18 years old and must compulsorily be a citizen of the US to apply.