Promising Beginning Of Google Glass
“OK glass, take a picture”, “upload picture to Facebook and Twitter “, with this simple voice commands Google glass an augmented reality gadget by search giant Google, takes a clear and precise photo with its 5MP camera and uploads the resulting point-of-view image to Facebook and Twitter. Without moving a finger,unless of course you get bored of just giving it voice commands, this instincts driven tech marvel beams flight information from weather of departure city,weather of destination city to directions to the airport . weighing quite light at just 43g, this m570mAh lithium ion battery powered gadget is as light and comfortable as it can get considering you would be virtually wearing about a computer.
Running google’s android 4.4.2 packed with OMAP 4430 system on chip, dual-core processor, its not perfect but it certainly is cool, way too cool for a gadget that can easily pass for a pair of sunglasses.
The Harwares Involve In Google Glass….
With a $1500 price tag any curios but sane “glass explorer” would definitely want to know what he would be getting apart from a pair of glass frames. Google glass was built light to ensure comfort, so one wouldn’t be surprised if it came with “not so many” hardwares, quite frankly the concept of augmented reality doesn’t require that much either, so here is what comes packed..
640×360 Himax HX7309 LCoS display
5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g *
16GB storage (12 GB available including OS)
Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz
3 axis gyroscope
3 axis accelerometer
3 axis magnetometer (compass)
Ambient light sensing and proximity sensor
Bone conduction audio transducer .
Applications Google Glass
Many developers and companies have built apps for Glass, from news apps,facial recognition , exercise, photo manipulation, translation, and sharing to social networks. Google glass also uses existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps , Google+, and Gmail . Google Glass applications are free apps and are built by third party developers, On May 15, 2014, Google announced three news apps – TripIt, FourSquare and OpenTable to complement seven new apps, including reminders from
Evernote, fashion news from Elle, and news alerts from CNN released on may 16, 2013 and a translation app Word Lens , a cooking app AllTheCooks, and an exercise app, Strava among others released on November 19, 2013.
With really good specs and a sleek appearance, just what went wrong with this cute gadget?
The Flops Of Google Glass
Apart from an extremely weird terms of service which clearly states that “You may not resell, loan,transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your Device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”, here is summary of why you may want to ditch the glass, and ultimately why the Glass wasn’t much of a success;
Concerns have been raised by various sources regarding the intrusion of privacy, and the etiquette and ethics of using the device in public and recording people without their permission. This resulted in outright ban on the Glass in some public places, notably are the ban by Las Vegas casinos.
At a $1500 price tag, the exorbitant pricing of the Glass is not helping matters, getting a pair of SciFi looking sunglasses at such a price isn’t quite acceptable by the middle-class, and like it or not you need the middle class if you tare going to sale a substantial amount of any product. The battery strength isn’t doing any good either, with reports emerging from the ” Glass Explorer” community indicating the 570mAh lithium ion powering the Glass runs out quite rapidly. With ownership restricted to invites only, even with $1500 in hand to get the Glass, one would have to be invited, be a developer or simply, just pretend to be both.
Concerns have been raised regarding legality of the Glass in a number of countries, particularly in Russia, Ukraine, and other post Soviet countries. In early 2013 for instance a Google+ user alerted netizens about legal issues regarding the Glass , stating that the device may be illegal to use according to the current legislation in Russia and Ukraine, which prohibits use of spy gadgets that can record video, audio or take photographs in an inconspicuous manner.
Additionally , concerns have been raised by cyber forensics experts at the University of Massachusetts who have developed a way to steal smartphone and tablet passwords using Google Glass. The specialists developed a software program that uses Google Glass to track finger shadows as someone types in their password. Their program then converts the touchpoints into the keys they were touching, allowing them to catch the pin code or password. With these developments users of the Glass are exposed to substantial security issues.
As a keen follower of mediated reality related gadgets, from those employing virtual reality concepts to those of the augmented reality, i can categorically state that Google glass is not the only AR(augmented reality) toy out there, so the idea of monopoly is quite awkward. Awkward in the sense that with it many flaws the Glass might not stand a realistic competitive chance against other gadgets in its group. From gadgets like Vuzix,EyeTab,Microsoft’s holoLens to Epson Moverio BT-200 promises of flawless AR experience abound, so for some reason Google would have to fight a war of hearts if the are to create a space for it Glasses.