Google glass will not just let you see the future, because it is the future! I kept on saying ‘wow’ ‘wow’ a hundred times, after watching the sample video by the search engine giant on its new product.
Well, I am still getting goose bumps, every time I come across an image or video or any random write up on Google glass. Though it remains only for a few seconds. Because when I give it any further thought, the glass project of Google seems scary in many ways for laymen like me. Also the number of articles pouring in on each day on the cyberspace leave me utter confused. Well, there would be no doubt that Google glass would be a revolutionary one, as it is being touted.
For those who are reading about this concept for the first time, things might appear Greek and Latin to you. Let me tell what it is all about.
What is Google glass?
Google glass is the latest offering from Google, hailed as the recent milestone by the tech gurus across the globe. The concept for these glasses was introduced on April 4, 2012 on a Google+ page. They also launched a YouTube video. (now there are numerous videos available).
It simply looks like a pair of glasses, to be worn by the user. It offers a spate of features, which, I am sure will make your jaws drop.
These wearable pair of glasses, though it looks so, is in fact a kind of wearable computer with head mounted display. Though head mounted displays are not a new thing at all, Google glass prototype gained much attention mainly because of the Google tag, I must say.
How it works?
It displays information on the lenses and works like a smartphone, in an even super smarter way. The video on the possible uses of the glass is already a major topic of debate. It has earned many hits in this short span of time since it was officially announced.
Why gizmo freaks should be excited?
Launched in an event by Google in 2012, it is one of the most anticipated Google products. You can capture video or photos without touching the hardware. Yes, I like the sound of it, without touching the hardware using voice commands!
With each day, as the picture regarding the device gets clearer, we can conclude that it works just like the a smartphone, where the USP is its portability and giving instructions using one’s voice. The headgear comes with memory of 4GB. It is also equipped with sharing features which enable you to share your stuff on social media.
Avid Google users will find it even easier. Just ask your question and the glass will give the search results right in front of your eyes. Even Google maps for that matter. I can bet that it will be more useful for travelers.
Google Now, the digital voice assistant has been integrated in this device. It automatically keeps a track of your routine. For instance, it will take note of the routes you always take to reach your workplace or university, and even suggests you better routes with less traffic, gives you weather updates, event updates, reminders etc etc
Where is it available?
Cant wait to get your hands on one? Well, as of now only the explorer version is available. The one for commercial purposes will hopefully hit the stores by the end of this year say sources. Google I/O 2013 conference held recently confirmed this.
What the ‘naysayers’ point out?
Privacy violations are the main issue put forward by all of them who think that the glass can work only for wrong reason. It can definitely be an obstacle, as far as you’re your privacy is concerned, but is it as scary as it can even disclose your private details? I cannot agree with that.
Also, it is expected to come with a hefty price tag. Don’t you think a smartphone which has almost the same features, which can be chosen from a variety of models and price tags, has an edge over this new technology. Then why would one buy the Glass?
And what about the people who are suffering from any defect of eyes? Google doesn’t seem to address their issues. Though news has it that the Glass would be available in customized designs.
Keeping at bay all these issues, the biggest disadvantage according to me is that it can be a huge distraction. I would never want something flashing in front of my eyes while driving or at study. What do you think?
I also came across few claims regarding health issues especially that of the eyes. Here also, authoritative reports are yet to come. We cannot jump to any conclusion unless we have expert opinion regarding this.
Of late, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned the Glass in a discussion on wearable technology and said ,”I wear glasses because I have to. I don’t know a lot of people that wear them that don’t have to. They want them to be light and unobtrusive and reflect their fashion. … I think from a mainstream point of view, this [pointing to his glasses] is difficult to see.”
At the same time, he said that wrist can be the best place to put on a wearable technology. Yes, all eyebrows raised in doubt, was he giving a hint about the much rumoured smartwatch from Apple?
As it for everything on earth, this too has two sides. On one hand, the glass is something that would change the world, at least to that extent to which the Android has made it so far. The flipside thinks the glass ‘prank’ as something ridiculous. However there would not be any objection if I say all are looking forward for it. It would be better to conclude by saying that ‘wearable technology’ is the next way of life! Can you think of anything else other than glasses or watches?