Google has always been working on R&D (research and development) projects to re-imagine our future. Thanks to Babak Parviz, “Project Glass” is now turning into reality with Google Glass—a pair of glasses designed for augmented reality. Move your head slightly or tap the glasses’ temple to get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, or take pictures. For $1,500 USD, it will be available only to developers and selected individuals. Google Glass seems to be promising but will it be the future of wearable technology? Let’s find out.
The Glass’ Features
Google Glass is packed with basic features like a built-in camera, microphone, and speakers. But, one of its coolest features is the Prism. The Glasses’ prism uses display technology for overlay data into the user’s field of vision (e.g. Messages, pictures, and directions) without obstructing their view. The built-in 5MP camera can easily take pictures and videos at 720P. With voice command, fetch data or connect to the intGoogle Glass, ernet by talking to the Glass. Storage won’t be a problem with its 16GB built-in flash memory drive, which automatically syncs with the user’s Google Drive account. Google Glass connects via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and it’s compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device.
Third-Party Apps for the Glass
Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Tumblr, CNN, Elle, and New York Times are some of the third-party apps available on Google Glass. Twitter for Glass will allow users to share their photos on their respective timelines. Facebook on the other hand, will be concentrating on photo sharing and users can add a description through voice dictation. CNN and New York Times will give the latest headlines, new alerts, and video clips on-demand.
Privacy and Stopping The Cyborgs
Privacy is one of the major concerns raised by consumers and some U.S Congressmen. Steve Lee, the product’s director assured everyone during Google’s I/O conference that “Privacy was top of mind as we designed the product.” However, a group called Stop The Cyborgs is campaigning against Google Glass and other technology trends. The group wants “to stop a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total.” Google released a statement saying: “We are putting a lot of thought into how we design Glass because new technology always raises important new issues for society.” With its impending launch in 2014, the issues on privacy will be widely debated. Until Google assures everyone about the Glass’ privacy features, a cloud of doubt will be hovering over it. Google Glass will be made available to everyone by 2014.