Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Google Glass: Imagination turned reality!

Science fiction fans would go crazy for this. Tech-giant Google has revealed something which might very well revolutionize the way we see the world. Under the project name of Google Glass, it has developed what might very well be the must have gadget in the next few years.

So what is it? Google Glass is the attempt to make wearable computing mainstream, and it's effectively a smart pair of glasses with an integrated heads-up display and a battery hidden inside the frame.The core of Google Glass is its tiny prism display which sits not in your eyeline, but a little above it. You can see what is on the display by glancing up. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and, reportedly, use bone induction to give you sound. 

The glass and its features would be completely accessible through voice commands. To begin, just say "Ok Glass" and you would be presented with a list of options including taking pictures, recording videos, searching a content on the web, getting directions to a place,etc (Just think of it, isn't it cool?)

The results are displayed on the prism - essentially putting data into your view like a head up display (HUD). It's potentially incredibly handy. Also rather nifty is the potential for automatic voice and speech recognition.

From the information Google has given till now, the glass is expected to have bluetooth and Wi-fi as connectivity options and for sending pictures to the screen. A decent resolution camera, a good quality microphone, a GPS chip are other confirmed features. Bone-induction may be used for sound, vibrating your skull to communicate the sound into your inner ear.It remains to be seen whether this technology would be a suitable alternative to conventional headphone. Expect the Glass to run on a modified version of Android tailored specifically for it.

The glass would be available in 5 colors- Sky (Blue), Charcoal(Black), Tangerine(Orange), Shale (grey), Cotton (white). According to some rumors, the glass is expected to be priced in a manner similar to latest smartphones, i.e somewhere around $750 that too after a lot of subsidy from Google. The developers were made available for pre-order for a whooping $1500 (Yeah, you read it right!)

Google is experimenting with the design and some reports suggest that the consumer-units of the glasses might be available by the end of 2013.
So start saving money fellows. For more details about the glasses, click here.

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