The online tech world is abuzz with Google’s latest “it” product at the moment: Google Glass. Google’s new Android-based headset is pushing the boundaries of technological innovation and there is no denying the fact that it is the first of its kind. Google Glass is a miniature computer worn like a pair of spectacles on your head, working as an instrument that delivers the vast knowledge of the glass directly to the user’s brain. Let’s go through the product’s groundbreaking features and discover just how much this product can change our lives.
Google Glass is a simple headset that can be considered as beautiful and elegant in design. It is made of plastic and titanium combination that constitutes the frame. It is a single instrument that tapers towards the middle and thickens at the edges, making it astutely simple from a distance while giving it a strong definition to the overall look. There are two nose grips also made of titanium, arching down with each having a silicon nose pad to hold it in place.
The whole frame provides a beautifully basic shape with all the circuitry located in two plastic housings: one that contains the battery and bone conductive speaker which rests behind the ear and the other with the processor, camera and display assembly is up front. The side of the front section is also touch-sensitive, providing a sleek track pad. The division does a convenient job of hiding the bulky battery from sight, while providing a counterbalance for the weight on the front section of the contraption.
A TI OMAP 4430 processor, which is paired with 1GB of RAM and a selection of 12 and 16GB of storage, runs the device. Unfortunately, the battery life is poor, with five hours of average before the device shuts down.
- Wireless and Connectivity
The device can easily function on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data connections even if connected to an iPhone. The Glass is a fully independent device, which means you can freely walk around with Wi-Fi and use its full functions even without your phone. You can even connect it to the company’s PBX so that whenever you are at work, you can answer a call through your glasses. However, here also lies the problem: If not getting any data connection from any other method, this means your wireless carrier will treat it like any other device, making an already expensive device even more expensive to use.
This is where the device gets more interesting. A user can look through the transparent glass and barely even see the display because it only minimally refracts light that is focused towards the eye. But from above, the reflective surface is clearly seen at a 45-degree angle, which forms the display the eye can see. According to Google, it is the equivalent of a ’25-inch HD screen seen from eight feet away,’ which sounds just about right, maybe except for the HD part.
Any mobile device is only as good as the operating system that runs it, and this goes the same with Google Glass’ Android OS. Google has stripped down its proprietary Android OS and turned it into a fantastic basic experience that is easy to understand, fast to learn and a joy to use. The home screen is called ‘Timeline,’ and this is where all the functions can be accessed.
In addition to an easy-to-navigate display, the Glass offers voice commands to do simple tasks such as taking a photo, get directions or recording a video.
Google Glass is currently still in its prototype stages with lots of room for improvement intended for developers to do more for it. Frankly, many techno geeks are hoping this happens, so geniuses can fully unlock the phenomenal potential this product has. Expectations are high, and we all hope Google delivers.