Even two or three years back it would still have been unimaginable if someone spoke of a technology that could function as a small lappy and can be fitted in the body. For human civilisation in general, it was a thing of Hollywood sci-fi movies that was difficult to transcend in real life. However, Google seems to have made the dream into reality. The wearable Glasses from the search engine giant enables display in your field of vision, and makes it possible to take picture, screen films, search and decipher the commands on the go. It is an attempt to free data from computers, phones and tablets.
When Google Glasses are on the news, there is tiff between whether the Glass will be advantageous or according to the belief of the sceptics it will be of no use in the long run. Let’s not delve into that matter as it is too early to conclude whether the device will change the way of life or prove to be most useful for the average consumers. It is better to proceed with the analysis of features and how to access the applications in your Glass. The first question that will arise in the mind of any consumer is what can the Glass do?
You can access all the features of Google through this Glass. Yes, you got it right, all the features. You can search Google maps and get directions, or connect with your cell phone for text messaging. In order to tether your phone to the Glasses there is a MyGlass application. There is also a voice to text functionality which means that you can receive, view and answer phone calls over the microphone when you are walking, on the plane or roaming in woods. Furthermore, you can take snaps, record videos or even arrange video conferences with Google hangout on the go.
There is a functionality that can translate spoken words into your language. However, since there is no traditional earphone or speaker how will you hear or record? Well, the Glass relies on bone conduction to generate sound. It is a new concept, again. The headset can produce sound from the vibrating bones near the ears without the hindrance of environmental noises. In addition, the built-in camera of 5 Megapixel can film at 720p.
Most people have a question about whether it is possible to see clearly through Glasses. Though, it is not like typical spectacles, its design is conceived in such a manner that it will not hinder vision. A processor, small battery, Bluetooth radio, 16GB storage and many more are implanted on the right arm of the spec. A small light Glass is the screen and it can be adjusted to sit lightly above the right eye.
The question still persists on how to access the hefty applications Google Glasses come with. Perhaps, it would be great if the Glass was a standalone device, but it is not so. You will require Wi-Fi connection or a phone to enjoy the features of the Glass. Although bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built-in functionalities, it lacks a GPS chip. Therefore, the Glass works best when paired with a Android phone even though it can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled phone. Thus, you can establish connection with your phone via Bluetooth or the MyGlass application and access your phone’s 3G or 4G connections.
Alternatively, it is possible to connect the phone and the Glass to Wi-Fi. Glasses use 802.11b/g Wi-Fi instead of 802.11n or 802.11ac. Why so? The most possible reasons can be to save energy and its chip size. It is however possible to connect to Wi-Fi through the MyGlass site on a computer or an Android device.
Although, most applications do not work without Wi-Fi or phone connectivity, you can take photos and videos with the wearable Glass. There is still a mystery on how to control this feature. Voice is one way of controlling Glass, another being the track pad embedded on its right arm. Thus, you can navigate the screen either through voice commands or sliding your finger over its touch-sensitive right arm. In order to make a selection you will need to tap once.
For those who are interested in exploring how the world looks from the other side of the Glass, the developer versions are now available in the market although they are a bit expensive. You have to spend $1500 to own one. The consumer versions, which are expected to be a little cheaper will be in the market by the end of 2013.