Google recently unveiled one of its most hyped about and anticipated projects – the Project Glass, the wearable computer of the future. The Project Glass is Google’s attempt to make wearable computing mainstream. It consists of a smart pair of glasses with an integrated heads-up display and a hidden battery.
Google Project glasses will probably use a transparent LCD or AMOLED display to put information in front of your eyeballs. The device is location aware thanks to the features of camera and GPS and one can scroll and click on information by simply tilting one’s head. Google claims that this is easy to master. These glasses will also use voice input and output.
The glasses are supposed to run on Android and include a small screen, motor sensors, GPS and either 3G or 4G data connections. The device is designed to be a standalone device and can connect to any smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth v4.0. The specs also include a front facing camera and a flash. The glasses are provided with a powerful processor and lots of RAM. There’s a mic for voice commands and a speaker. All this can be controlled by a touch pad that lines the side of the device. All these components lie side by side and they are pretty well balanced. The glasses are actually lighter than some pairs of sun glasses. The tiny transparent display actually doesn’t sit in front of the eye. It is slightly above the line of vision, so it is not supposed to interfere with one’s normal life. Google hopes that this project will be the next step in making information quickly and universally available.
As amazing as this sounds, there are a couple of issues need to be taken care of. What about those who already wear glasses? Google says it is experimenting with designs that’ll fit over existing glasses so that the person needn’t wear two sets of specs.
There are engineering issues as well such as making a screen that works in darkness and in bright sunlight is pretty difficult. Mobile display technology does not provide dynamic focusing, which reads your eyes to deliver perfectly clear visuals.
Pros & Cons of Google’s Project Glass:
Google’s business is derived from advertisements. Imagine the annoying pop-ups that are annoying in a web browser blasting our eyeballs when we look at something. Moreover there are safety issues too. Until Google provides a self-driving car, the thought of drivers being distracted by their glasses is pretty terrifying.
There are privacy issues too. Google glasses might record everything one sees and does.
The Google Project Glass is scheduled to release in 2013 and is priced at $ 1500 USD. It is available in the colors of black, white and blue.
The Google Project Glasses might be filed as unlikely to happen soon, but it is definitely the thing of the future. On the bright side, it makes organizing our daily routines an easy task and sharing stuff with friends easier than ever. Yes, this awesome thing is way off market availability but when it hits the markets, it might bring the greatest change in our lives since the Internet.