There hasn’t been a device that’s gotten so much buzz since the iPhone – until now. Rumors about the device started back in 2012. Now a year later, the first versions are in the hands of developers. But what is it about this gadget that’s attracting all this attention?
First let’s break it down to what exactly Google Glass is. Put a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone together and you have Google Glass. Essentially, Google Glass is an attempt to shift data from desktops, cell phones
and tablets and place it right in front of your eyes.
Glass has very simple and elegant design. A thin, plastic-backed titanium band forms the frame. Connected to the frame are two titanium nose grippers with a clear silicone pad attached allowing Glass to sit comfortably on your nose. There are two plastic housings on Glass. One sits behind your ear and contains the battery and speaker. The second is located up front is touch-sensitive and includes the processor, camera and display assembly. The feel of wearing Google Glass is comparable to wearing a normal pair of glasses.
Google has not talked about the specifics about display resolution. The battery size of Google Glass is still unknown but with rumors from Google Glass explorers, the battery life is not very long. With “normal” use (checking e-mail or taking photos or videos) the battery lasted about five hours. Glass comes with a micro USB charger
to repower the device. There were rumors that the device would be completely dependent on a Smartphone. However, Glass works independently with Wi-Fi connection. There is no GPS chip built into Glass so if you’re looking to use it, the device should be paired with your mobile device.
Once you have Glass on and running, you will see the flattened down, two-dimension display. There are two ways to active the display: tilting your head up or tapping the capacitive touch portion on the side. When using the touch controls, you can swipe forward to go back in time to view photos, videos and e-mails in chronological order or swipe backward to show connection status and battery life. If you want to use the hands-free mode, simply say “Okay, Glass” before initiating a command. It only takes a few minutes to learn how to use Glass and once you do, it’s pretty straightforward.
The consumer version of Glass is expected to release at the end of 2013. The estimated cost of the gadget is $1,500. Google Glass will be available in five colors – black, white, grey, blue and orange. Tell us, will you be one of the first to get Google Glass?
Posted by David Yi
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