Well the Google giant has got behind one of the most exciting and futuristic projects going. What is Google Glass? Google Glass is basically of a pair of glasses, without the glass reading lens. Instead there is a small optical prism which can be seen in the corner of your eye and allows the user to interface with their smart phone via voice commands. All done with the ease of WiFi technology.
Check out this you tube video from the Google team
If you’re looking for the technical version of what is google glass, check out the Goggle Project page.
The exciting thing is that you can use the device to record what you are looking at, take pictures and share the images instantly with friends and family, all via voice command.
Google Project Glass is ready to roll out the technology with the Google Glass eyewear being available in late 2013 for under $1500. I would say that in a few years time the price of the eyewear will drop significantly as it becomes socially accepted and ‘the norm’ for people to be seen wearing augmented head-mounted display wear (or affectionately referred to as HMD standing for head mounted display).
No doubt there will be plenty of backlash from privacy advocates, citing the invasion of privacy that these devices will bring. How will you know that you are being recorded or photographed?
It will be interesting to see how the general population accept the head mounted display wear as a norm. The gadget conscious and tech community will be well and truly behind the project – but will the average person?
No longer are head mounted displays a thing for just the movies (think Terminator for just one example). Reality sooner or later catches up to the movies!
Hopefully this non tech explanation has helped explain what is Google Glass? If not, check out Wikipedia Google Glass.
Coping is the best form of flattery! China’s version of Google is set to make their own version of Google Glass. This story comes to you from the guys at Techno Buffalo.
China’s Baidu, the country’s search engine equivalent to Google, is allegedly making its own version of Glass. Why let Google’s resplendent X Lab, which managed to develop a driverless car, do the work when you can do it yourself? Baidu Eye will be similar to Google Glass in that it’ll be controlled through voice and sport a tiny LCD display. But what does it look like? That I’d love to see.
Baidu has built a reputation for knocking off everything under the sun, so I guess this is no surprise. Or, at least, not all that unexpected. “Baidu Eye wearers will be able to make phone calls, search the Web, and use gestures to take and send photos,” according to reports coming from China. And, in case you’re interested, it’ll be open to developers.
The device itself will allegedly get up to 12 hours of battery life thanks to technology from Qualcomm, though Qualcomm said it didn’t “have any information” about such claims. No other information about Baidu Eye was shared, like a projected release or price. But if Google Glass doesn’t excite you, perhaps the Chinese knockoff will.
So, you’re interested in buying a pair of Google Glass. Well, unfortunately for all of us, they aren’t quite on the market just yet. They are confirmed to be on te market n late 2013 for about $1500 US or just under.
If technology is anything to go by, chances are the prices will start to drop after the first few years, and before you know it – we’ll all be wearing Google Glass! If you still want to know the answer to the question, what is google glass, check out the Google Plus page at https://plus.google.com/+projectglass/posts .
There are plenty of old prototype Google glass for sale on ebay – so if you are after a pice of nostalgia (or history) do a Google search for Buy Google Glass and there are sure to be a stack of results for you.
Who knows what Google Glass will bring to the future? More car accidents due to distraction? Or a greater sense of multitasking and sharing our personal experiences with the rest of the world in real time?