It comes as no surprise that Google is leading the charge into the future. Between its longstanding policy of allowing employees time to work on personal projects and its massive bankroll for such projects, Google continues to push the envelope on new, cutting-edge products. While some of those products, such as the automated car, won?t become reality for some time to come, others are just around the corner… like the Google Glass.
Google Glass is meant to be the fulfillment of all the promises mobile devices have made, as they have become our primary portals to the web. Whereas mobile devices force you to take time out of your activities to physically access its functions, the Glass is meant to be a hands-free web-browsing experience. Google is attempting to free the Internet from the confines of the monitor screen, the keyboard, and the mouse. This is a big challenge, and with a public release in 2014 coming up, are they up to it?
What Is Google Glass?
Google Glass: the name itself invokes the stylistics of Apple naming conventions, and Google is surely well aware of that. Initial prototypes of the Glass weighed less than any previous heads-up display, yet still came in at 8 pounds. Today, the latest Glass prototype weighs less than a standard pair of sunglasses. Clearly, a light and unobtrusive heads-up display is the only kind that can succeed. Nobody liked wearing dental headgear in school, and a set of heavy, clunky iPhones strapped to your eyes wouldn?t be that different.
The Google Glass is not entirely divorced from its smart phone roots, however. The side of the Glass has a touchpad that allows you to navigate through the display by swiping across it with your finger. It will look like you?re fingering that large-ish piece of plastic on the side of your glasses. The inclusion of the Android operating system, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16 gigabytes of storage makes it feel a little more familiar as far as our mobile devices go.
Like any good mobile device, the Google Glass includes a camera that can take photos and record at 720p and in HD. This raises some privacy concerns, but they aren?t concerns that weren?t already an issue when recording devices became standard fare on cell phones. In a nutshell, most of Glass?s features aren?t surprising for a mobile device. What it offers isn?t about content; it?s about form and function.
Google Glass Will Transform Your World
Google Glass promises to integrate the web into our lives in ways that we previously hadn?t considered. It?s important to consider how the physical space between you and your mobile device actually keeps you from using it more often to access and record information. It seems absurd to think that having to take your device out, enter your password, and access the appropriate app should be enough to deter you from using it whenever you please, but there are plenty of times when this is exactly what happens.
With Google Glass, you can access information on a recipe and read it while you are cooking ? not in between adding ingredients, or before you get started, but while you are using that very same recipe, allowing you to reference it for accuracy. You can Google Glass while painting, bringing up a reference image for you to use without having to ever look away from the canvas. The times when you simply can?t take your attention off what you are doing, but still need to recall certain information, are countless. Google Glass aims to step into those moments and make itself indispensable.
The Glass is only the beginning. In the future, we won?t even have to put on a pair of glasses; our computer access will be in contacts that we wear most of the time, or even techno-organically integrated into our eyes themselves. Reality, or rather our perception of reality, will continue to be shaped by our ever-increasing access to information and the ingenuity of our software engineers. As the physical limitations on our technology continue to decrease, the limitations on what we can make real follow suit.