Google Glass: All There is to Know

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It is a wearable computer that has an optical head-mounted display. Google Glass is a product of Google, a giant search engine. It was developed with the intention of bringing free display technology to the public. It first became accessible to the public on 15th May 2014. Before then, it was only accessible only by invitations by Google. The earlier version cost $1500 to acquire. The consumer model of Google Glass is expected to cost lesser than this, it is not clear how much less it will be though.

Google Glass Explorer
This wearable is still on beta testing and the manufacturer is looking for early adopters better known as Explorers.

Functionalities

Google glass is equipped with a HUD, a Camera, Microphone and GPS. It can therefore carry out several tasks for instance taking pictures, dictate and send a message, record video, search information on Google, make a Google hangout video call and translate ones voice.

When paired with Xbee 802.15.4 Wi-Fi radio and Microcontroller, one can use it to control devices that have Infra Red transmitter. This enables the user to connect to devices and control them using Google Glass.

Google Glass Awesome Specs and Features

Frames

Google Glass comes with durable and adjustable frames. They can be adjusted to fit any face. The frame also has extra nose pads that come in two sizes.

Display

Google Glass ‘displays uses a Liquid Crystal on Silicon, LED illuminated display and field-sequential color. Its display’s resolution is 680×360. It hangs out of the user’s line of sight. This displays equivalent to a 25-inch High Definition TV located close to 8 feet from the user.

Size and feel

In its longest point Google Glass measures 8 inches while at its widest point it is 5.25 inches. This enables it to be quite portable. It weighs close to 42 grams. Some users have however cited it bulky because of the frames and the battery.

Camera

Its camera can record videos of up to 720p. Its camera is 5MP. Its Display stays on while the video is recording. The images taken using the camera have a resolution of about 2528x 1856. Given proper lighting the quality of photos is terrific. This also applies to the video performance.

Audio

Many people are used to receiving and transmitting audio to their devices via headphones. Google Glass is different. It transmits audio directly to the small bones on the user’s ear hence enabling them to hear sounds. It’s quite a unique and futuristic feature that distinguishes Google glass from other wearables. The new version however comes with an optical ear piece which connects with the Glass through a 3.5mm headphone jack making it easy to remove and connect whenever necessary.

Memory

Google Glass’s internal memory is 16GB. Of this, 4GB is taken by the operating system leaving only 12GB for user storage. Google glass is also connected to Google’s cloud storage providing more storage avenues for users.

Battery life

No exact figures have been offered on the battery life. However, the company has stated that on typical use, the battery can last a whole day. It’s not however not specific on its definition of typical use. Supposedly though, if typical the typical use being referred to is similar to a smart phones typical use, then the use of Google+, video capture and Google Hangouts is expected to diminish the battery life tangibly.

Battery charging

The battery is charged via a micro USB port. Google Glass comes packaged with is charger. The accompanying charger has undergone thorough research and tests so as to ensure it allows the Glass to last for long. Its therefore nor advisable to use any other charger.

Connectivity

Google glass is connectable to other devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Web-based tutorials are available to users on how to pair their devices.

Tethering a smart phone with is particularly easy. It has however been noted that when tethered with an iPhone, voice-enabled SMS responses do not work. Its performance has been reputed to be better when it’s connected to an Android Device.

Interaction

Glass has a along 3.325 inch touch pad on its right side. This touch pad allows users to control the device via swiping through an interface similar to a timeline that is displayed on the screen. When the user slides backwards, he is able to access current events. A forward slide enables to user to access past events like phone calls, photos or even circle updates.

Above the touch pad is a camera button most suitable for quick snaps mostly in noisy environments.

Google Glass and Prescription glasses

Current Google Glass explorers only have to pay just $225 to upgrade their Google Glasses to the level of their prescription glasses. The glass frames also come in four styles; curve, Bold, Thin and Split. They are pretty much like the kind of frames you would find at an optometrist.

Google Glass Apps

Google App can be classified into two. The Glassware and Third Party Apps. Glassware specifically refers to Glass apps developed specifically for Google Glass. These apps are modeled after Google Play Store and iTunes App store.

There only 48 app of this nature. Ten of the apps were created internally by Google. These apps include Gmail, Google Music, Google + among many other applications.

Third-party applications are those applications developed by other developers. They include apps like Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, Path and Twitter. More and more apps are being developed both by Google and Third Party and therefore soon, there should be a lot more available to users than there are now.
Google is in the process of launching a development Kit that will ensure that every day developers are empowered and more apps are developed.

Why buy Google Glass

Google Glass offers a glance to a new era of wearable. It offers a lot of services besides notifications. You can shoot outstanding videos, take terrific photos, and even type a message by simply calling out a command. It may sound expensive but it surely is worth the price.

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