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Everything About: Google Glass

Updated on August 26, 2014
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Introduction to Google Glass

Google Glass, one of the upcoming world-changing technologies, offers revolutionary features that will hint the beginning of an era of universal connection and conveniently wearable technology. This never-before-seen concept of computerized glasses will be capable of connecting billions of people anywhere around the world through a network, advancement in communication technology that far exceeds capabilities of any previous cellular devices. Through voice recognition and commands, plenty of features are easily executable – including but not limited to text-messaging, internet browsing, direction obtaining, and picture-taking. If a person prefers non-verbal access to the device, he/she can use a touchpad.

Features

  • Headset can be attached to prescription glasses.
  • The Glass needs to be synced with a smartphone in order to operate.
  • Many applications with various functions to be installed. Further information at the Apps section.
  • Price: $1,500
  • 16 GB of Flash-Storage Memory, 12 GB of actual space.
  • Connected to Google Drive and Google Cloud Storage, which allows much more storage capacity than the Flash-Storage Memory space.
  • Translation, such as being able to identify street signs in foreign language
  • Live video streaming to other people in the network
  • Google Hangout implementation
  • Advanced navigation system
  • Glass is super light and durable at the same time.

Google Hangout

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Tech Specifics

This information is gathered from the official Google Glass page

Fit
Adjustable nose-pads and durable frame fits any face
Extra nose-pads in two sizes


Display
High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away


Camera
Photos – 5 Megapixels
Videos – 720p


Audio
Bone Conduction Transducer


Connectivity
Wi-Fi – 802.11b/g
Bluetooth


Storage
12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total


Battery
One day of typical use. Some features, like video recording, are more battery intensive


Charger
Included Micro USB cable and charger


Mobile Compatibility
The MyGlass companion app lets you set up contacts, Glassware, and other features. It’s available for Android and iOS.
MyGlass for Android requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher
MyGlass for iOS requires iOS 7 or later (iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above with cellular connection).
Glass can be used as a Bluetooth headset with any Bluetooth compatible phone.

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Applications

These are some very useful applications currently available for Google Glass.

Followmyglass

App similar to Find My iPhone for Apple’s iPhone, followmyglass allosw owners to track where the glass has been and when it was there in order to find their lost Google Glasses.

Glossaic

This app is a new social network that allows the sharing of pictures and videos taken directly from the first-person view through the Glass.

WatchMeTalk

This app allows live-captioning of conversations in order to aid hearing-impaired individuals.

Blackjack by 6beyond

A complete Blackjack game built through GDK. One of the first available gaming experiences through the Glass.

AR Glass for Wikipedia

The app can retrieve data from Wikipedia to display information on your surroundings through the global positioning system.

Preview for Glass

This app allows the owner to instantly watch a movie trailer when he/she is looking at a movie poster.

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Potential Dangers

Because of how complex and diverse the functionalities of the Google Glass can be, there bounds to be many glitches and hacks that can breach personal securities and privacy. Even worse, sometimes glitches and hacks aren’t even needed to obtain information from other people’s Google Glasses. For example, agencies such as NYPD and NSA can access your Google Glass through their networks to breach every aspect of your personal life.

Also, developers who have opted for the Beta program offered by Google for the Glass have already found glitches and ways to download malicious software necessary to invade various securities within the software of Google Glass. This indicates the fragility of the software of the Google Glass, and at its current stage is definitely not reliable for storing personal data.

For example (1), since the Glass currently does not have a PIN to lock the device, there is no encrypted security for the hackers to breach in order to access your device.

For example (2), the device uses QR codes for identifying Wi-Fi connections, and according to the Guardian, the developers have discovered a critical flaw that a hacker could take advantage of and root all information from a Google Glass without its owner knowing through implantation of corrupted QR codes. If a person accidentally uses the corrupted QR code, his/her Glass would be susceptible to information robbery.

Google Glass Reviews

From this website:

http://heavy.com/tech/2014/03/google-glass-reviews/

MIT Technology Review’s Rachel Metz:

“I’ve been wearing a bright orange unit and testing a variety of free apps that make the most of Glass’s nascent capabilities and its prime placement on my head. Most of them are available from Google’s Glassware market, which means they’re among a small group of apps already approved by the company. But I also tested some that had to be sideloaded onto the device using a computer—a multistep process that Google warns is done at your own risk, and that, at least in my case, temporarily disabled Glass at one point and scrambled its functions a couple times.

Since Glass is still in its early stages and isn’t available to the general public, I didn’t expect any of the apps to be incredible. And I certainly didn’t find any killer apps that would make it worthwhile to buy Glass (which costs $1,500 now). But I did find several with potential to save time and make life easier, and a couple that are already effective even though Glass is clunky, finicky, and horribly obtrusive. “

Barbara Outray of the Associated Press:

“In its current, early version, Google Glass feels bulky on my face and when I look in the mirror I see a futuristic telemarketer looking back at me. Wearing it on the subway while a homeless man shuffled through the car begging for change made me feel as if I was sporting a diamond tiara. I sank lower in my seat as he passed. If Google is aiming for mass appeal, the next versions of Glass have to be much smaller and less conspicuous…

Glass feels heavier when I’m out in public or in a group where I’m the only person wearing it. If I think about it long enough my face starts burning from embarrassment. The device has been described to me as ‘the scarlet letter of technology’ by a friend. The most frequent response I get from my husband when I try to slip Glass on in his presence is ‘please take that off.’ This is the same husband who encouraged me to buy a sweater covered in googly-eyed cats.”

GizMag:

“As Google evolves Glass (and app developers work their magic on it), I think it has the potential to alter our daily lives on at least the same level as smartphones and tablets have. But there are also some huge question marks standing in between today’s Explorer Edition and that potential world-changing product of tomorrow.

So, as we supposedly approach Glass’ retail release, it’s now wait-and-see time. What will Google’s engineers and designers come up with? Can they minimize its head-turning appearance – or at least make it more socially acceptable as it is now? Can they improve its battery life by 50 percent or more? Can they do all of this and squeeze it into, say, the $300-500 price range? That’s a tall order, but we’ll see.”

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