Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head mounted display (HMD) being developed by Google under project Glass whose mission is to provide a mass market ubiquitous computer.
It displays information in a smart phone-like format and interacts with the internet using natural language voice commands.
The prism display does not sit in your eyeline but rather just above it and glancing up allows you to see what is on the display. It has been reported that the Glasses use bone induction to produce sound.
Though this is not a new idea, Google Glass has drawn media attention due to Google’s backing and the fact that it is smaller and slimmer than previous prototypes.
In August of 2011, this weighed around 8 pounds but is now no heavier than your average pair of sunGlasses. It is hoped that in the future, this device will be integrated into normal eyewear.
Product testing began in April 2012.
The hardware features a Camera with the ability to take photos and record HD videos; A recording light which is unnoticeable to the wearer is displayed above the eye and a touch pad on the side of the device that enables you to swipe through a timeline-like interface on the screen.
Google Glass runs on an Android OS so most of the applications are free. It also utilizes existing Google applications.
Numerous applications have already been developed for Google Glass, the most common being facial recognition software and social media sharing applications.
Google Glass can also be controlled using voice commands. This feature can be activated in one of two ways, either by tilting your head upwards or saying “Ok Glass”. After activation, the wearer can now use voice commands to perform actions. An example would be “take a picture” or send an email to Mary”. Which are self-explanatory.
This is Google’s video conferencing technology that is available on the Glass. You can talk to people on the webcam, stream what you’re seeing or get and send directions using the built in GPS and Google maps and puts the data into your view using the head up display or HUD.
Though Google Glass has yet to iron out the kinks, this device puts both phone and computer into a stylish device with numerous capabilities though concerns have been raised about privacy issues with most opponents citing the possibility of recording other people without their consent as the biggest issue.