What is Google Glass?

Google are hard at work to complete its Google Glass project. It was announced in 2012 that Google would dare to enter the shaky technology sector known as augmented reality. As the world slept, Google has been on a mission to create a complete hands free, desktop free, voice operated spectacle form device. How will Google make this a viable product and how far until the world has a taste of Google Glass?

As Google has announced, the Google Glass Explorer will be a smart device built into a spectacle frame. It will include a camera, touchpad, microphone, battery and a clever clear display that will form the basis for all information conveyed to the wearer.  This display will take the form of a prism that as Google claim, will be the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen.

No complete word has been said about the quality of the camera but the expected 5MP camera will be able to take pictures of anything that the wear sees through the display.

Google Glass Explorer

A touchpad will located on the side of the Google Glass Explorer, allowing users to control the device by swiping through information that is displayed on the screen.

Internet connectively will be basis for the devise as large portion of its capabilities will rely on use of WiFI connection.  Although it will have no GPS receiver, it will make use of Google Maps to display directions for navigation directly on the Explorer’s display.  Sharing will be made a priority with pictures and video being able to be shared easily through email and social media.

Google Glass Dissasembled

Google Glass Dissasembled

A new platform called Glassware (app for the device) will allow development and use of new third party apps and current apps like Gmail, Google+, Google Maps and Google Now.

On the down side though, a few complaints have been made about the misuse of a product like this. Picture seeing a person walking down the street wearing a set of a set of Google Glass Explorers and the tiny red light is on. Chances are you’re being filmed. This has raised a few issues of privacy invasion as there may be cases where users film unsuspecting strangers without them knowing. Consumer bodies in the US have made complaints about the Explorer’s ability to use face recognition technology find info on strangers like facebook names and profiles.

View from the Google Glass Explorer's prism display.

View from the Google Glass Explorer's prism display.

With this impressive piece of tech set to be realised in the 1st half of 2014, its ability to be both consumer friendly and remain affordable to the average consumer remains a key goal for Google.

Expected Specs:

  • 5MP.
  • 720p HD video capture.
  • 16GB Flash Memory.
  • Bluetooth.
  • WiFi.
  • Google Drive connectivity.
  • Micro USB.
  • 3 axis gyroscope, accelerometer, compass.
  • 682MB RAM.
  • Voice activation.