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What is Google Glass?

Updated on March 10, 2013
Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, wearing Glass.
Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, wearing Glass. | Source

What is it?

Google Glass is basically a wearable smartphone with a head-mounted display (HMD). Google intended it to be a hands-free smartphone. Sounds awesome right? We'll discuss both the ups and downs of Google Glass throughout this article.

Why is Glass useful?

Do you find yourself constantly checking your smartphone every 5 minutes? Whether at work, in class, or just sitting on the couch? Glass attempts to make this all hands-free, so you can easily do it in seconds. Need to snap a quick picture and don't want to have to whip out a camera or your smartphone? Just tell Glass to do it and it's done.

Another use for Glass that has been discussed is filming. How awesome would it be to see your favorite sport from the player's eyes?

Downsides to Glass

This is the part every potential Glass buyer may hate. Let's talk about a few downsides to Glass.

Large Price Tag

Glass is estimated to cost around $1,500. Originally when I first heard of Glass, I hoped it would cost as much as a smartphone or even a little less. Turns out it's going to have quite the hefty price tag.

Practical Use

This is the major downside I see. At the moment I can't see myself using Glass. Imagine sitting on the subway, and you want to see the next time Miley Cyrus is coming to Chicago, because it's totally for your little girl. So you say out loud, "Google, Miley Cyrus in Chicago". Suddenly you have twenty people staring at you are on fire. This is a major breaking point for me. I don't want everyone around me to know what I'm up to at every second.

Style

Another big issue in the developmental stage is trying to make these look good. In a world where most people really stress how their personal image is displayed, Glass must try to fit in with fashion styles. Various people have gotten criticized for wearing Glass already. Supposedly Warby Parker will be assisting them with the style of Glass.



How does it look and feel?

I can't really describe this. I haven't even worn them myself. To let you get a feel for how they look in action, here are some videos showcasing Glass on Youtube.

Google Glass in Action

Google Glass in Action

Summary

To summarize, Google Glass will likely be pretty cool, however it will likely have some downsides as well. It's quite pricy, but it'll make you feel like James Bond.

What do you think? Will you be buying Google Glass? Leave a comment under this hub.

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