What is google glass ?
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Google Glass (stylized simply as GLASS) is an
augmented reality wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is
being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project.
It takes a step further toward ubiquitous computing, which is the idea that the
Internet and computers will be accessible anywhere at any time without having to
use one's hands.Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like format
hands-free, can interact with the Internet via natural language voice
commands,and uses Google's Android operating system. While the frames do not
currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnering with
sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail
stores to allow customers to try on the device.
Glass is being developed by Google X Lab, which has worked on other futuristic
technologies such as driverless cars. The project was announced on Google+ by
Project Glass lead Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on
putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a project manager and "geolocation
specialist"; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the
self-driving car project.
What does Google Glass do?
The core of Google Glass is its tiny prism display which sits not in your
eyeline, but a little above it. You can see what is on the display by glancing
up. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and, reportedly,
use bone induction to give you sound.
Voice control is used to control the device; you say 'ok glass' to get a range
of options including taking pictures, videos, send messages using speech to
text, 'hang out' with people or get directions to somewhere. You access these
options by saying them out loud.
Most of this functionality is self explanatory; hang out is Google's video
conferencing technology and allows you to talk to a people over web cam, and
stream them what you are seeing and the directions use Google Maps and the
inbuilt GPS to help you find your way.
The results are displayed on the prism - essentially putting data into your view
like a head up display (HUD). It's potentially incredibly handy.
What are the Google Glass specifications?
An FCC filing in the US revealed many potential details, suggesting that Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth would be used to send pictures to the screen, whilst
bone-induction may be used for sound, vibrating your skull to communicate the
sound into your inner ear. It's not a new technology, but certainly does have
critics who suggest that it falls short of traditional headphones.
We don't have a lot of the final details on specs just yet - but expect Google
Glass to run modified Android, to sport a decent resolution camera with a decent
lens and we'd be fairly certain that the microphone needs to be a good quality.
There will be a GPS chip, and the lightweight and flexible glasses design will
come in five colours - Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton, Sky. That's black,
orange, grey, white and blue for anyone that prefers plain English over
I already wear glasses. Will Google Glasses work for me?
Yes. Google is experimenting with designs that will fit over existing glasses so
you don't have to wear two lots of specs.
Photography and video
Google Glass has the ability to take photos and
record 720p HD video. While video is recording, a recording light is displayed
above the eye, which is unnoticeable to the wearer.
Glass will utilize many already-existing Google
applications, such as Google Now and Google Maps. The device will also be able
to display the weather.
Multiple features of Glass can be seen in a
product video released in February 2013
||Voice activation text
||"ok, glass, record a video."
||"ok, glass, take a picture."
|Use Google Now
||"ok, glass, [question]."
|Start Google+ hangout
||"ok, glass, hang out with
||"ok, glass, google [search query]."
||"ok, glass, google photos of [search
||"ok, glass, say [text] in
||"ok, glass, give directions to
||"ok, glass, send a message to [name]."
"ok, glass, send [name] that [message]."
"ok, glass, send [message] to [name]."
||none/automatically (Google Now)
"ok, glass, how is the weather in [location]?"
"ok, glass, do I need an umbrella today?"
|Give flight details
||none/automatically (Google Now)
"ok, glass, when does flight [flight number] depature from