by Ryan Matsunaga
Google’s Project Glass has been getting a lot of hype recently, as it slowly makes its way towards an official release. But what exactly are Google’s glasses, and how might they be changing the way we look at the Internet?
Google Glass is the company’s attempt to make a wearable computer, allowing you to access information on the go. It’s effectively a pair of glasses with a built in head-ups display, allowing text, images, and videos to be shown right in front of the user’s eyes.
This is an idea that’s existed in science fiction for as long as there have been computers, but if anyone can make it a reality, it’s probably Google. The project is already a ways into development, and is currently aiming towards a 2014/2015 release window. However, developers may be able to get their hands on prototypes as early as later this year.
So what are some of the potential uses for this technology? Well first of all it’s location aware, thanks to a built in camera and GPS, allowing it to act as a navigational tool. Think how handy it would be to have your car’s GPS display wherever you go. Taking it a step further, perhaps you just want to know where the bathrooms are in the mall, or where the mystery section is in the bookstore, or perhaps the nearest coffee shop. A direction link between you and Google Maps will make this a snap.
The glasses can also be used in the same way you might use your smart phone now. You’ll be able to check your email, navigate the web by tilting your head or with voice input, and even make calls using Skype, all without having to take out another device.
Google is rumored to be pricing the glasses somewhere in the $750 range, although that cost will certainly come down given time. It’s still a few years off, but the concept is still pretty amazing. Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll have a better idea of what to expect from Google’s Project Glass once a few sets start making their way to developers. Until then, keep posted here for the latest updates.
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