Google Glass, Things to Know - The New Indian Express

Google Glass, Things to Know

Published: 18th December 2013 05:43 PM

Last Updated: 20th December 2013 10:58 AM

The Google Glass is a wearable device, more like a wearable smartphone in guise of a pair of glasses. However, it can’t completely be compared to a smartphone. The Google Glass supposedly comes with an embedded micro-computer. However, it still remains a developer’s toy, until its ready to hit the markets. Therefore, don’t get disappointed, if you are unable to find it on Amazon or in any of your local tech stores.

Here are a few things that you might want to know:

• Google Glass is not a cell phone but can be connected to one with the help of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Currently, it is compatible with Android Smartphones as they give a full range of features. Google is yet to announce compatibility with other smartphones.

• The display screen on the Glass or the ‘small’ screen is placed in the space between the eyebrow and the upper lid. It is 0.75 inches thick and 0.375 inch by 0.375 inch wide and tall. As of the now, on the explorer’s edition available to developers the display is oriented to the right. However, when the final product is out, there is a possibility of changing the display screen orientation to the left.

• The display screen comes at a resolution that matches “a 25inch high resolution screen from 8 feet away” (as described by Google), and can be used for viewing search results and texts.

• The glass can be controlled in two ways; one is through voice recognition, which is triggered, if one were to say, “Ok Glass”, and the secondly the device’s touch pad or right arm works in-sync with voice recognition.

• This wearable device is made up of Titanium and Plastic and can be adjusted when it is bent with a little bit of effort.

• However, Google has itself stated that the device is not water proof.

• The battery life lasts for an entire day, only if one does not use features like Google Hangout frequently which drains the battery out. There is a possibility that the battery life will be worked on, when it comes to the final product. Wireless Charging has not been added as a feature yet, on the Google’s Explorer’s Edition.

• Google Glass comes with 16 GB of internal memory and also has an added feature of Google Cloud-Syncing.

• The Google Glass Explorer’s edition currently does not support any features that might prove to be useful for the visually impaired.

• The device comes with a 5 MP camera. The image quality and how effectively the camera functions is a factor that has not been explored to the fullest yet. Any further changes are still awaited. However, it is possible to zoom in and zoom out, though the focus area is not very wide.

• A 720p HD video can be shot using the camera lens. The default duration is usually ten seconds, which can be extended by pressing and holding the shutter button. There is a flip side here when it comes to viewing videos. One can only view those videos that have been shot.

• One need not worry about transmissions, since the Google Glass is not a Smartphone. Therefore there is no question of a cellular transceiver or SAR radiation rating.

According to sources, the Google Glass is still in the developing stages, and the first pair will be commercially available in 2014.

 

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