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Google Glass To Break The Smartphone’s Reign?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Google Glass is a wearable pair of “smart glasses” that have a head-up display (HUD) incorporated, displaying data and results per your command within a tiny prism display sitting just above your eye-line.  According to Google CEO, Sergey Brin, Google’s latest product innovation is meant to end the social isolation of smartphones as you often miss the events going on around you while playing with your phone.  Google Glass eliminates that distraction as you enjoy your life while wearing glasses and have all the functions and commands of your smartphone without having to divert your attention to your phone.

Just like any other new product release from a big player like Google or Apple, we are going to have enthusiasts, along with an equal amount of suspicion and pessimism regarding the product’s functionality as well as questioning the direction of the company’s technology evolution. So what is Google Glass and where does it stand?

Features, Functions, & Specs of Google Glass

Google Glass has many common “smart-device” features and functions, which include the following:

  • Wifi Enabled
  • Bluetooth-Enabled
  • Voice Control (Say “OK Glass” to see menu options)
  • Speech to Text Messaging
  • Built-in Microphone (e.g. Ask for directions)
  • Camera (e.g. Take pictures/video, talk with people over video chat, stream with others what you are seeing through your glasses, Google Maps/Street View Directions
  • GPS Embedded Chip for Google Maps Integration
  • Sound capabilities through bone induction which sends vibrations through your skull and transfers sound to your inner ear.
  • Battery hides within the glasses
  • Frames are flexible, lightweight and come in 5 different colors (black, sky blue, orange, grey, and white)

For even more details about Project Glass, visit TechRadar’s in-depth glance.

Already Wear Glasses? No problem

No need to wear two sets of glasses because Google is working on designs that fit over your current frames. The Glass design is modular, meaning you can add lenses and frames that match your current prescription. These custom versions should be ready in late 2013, but don’t expect it to be perfect from the start if your vision is problematic.

Price, Pre-order and Release

According to the New York Times, anonymous Google employees have reported that Google Glass will be around $750, which is equivalent to an up-to-date smartphone. They will undoubtedly be available to purchase online, with rumors of Google starting up a Google Store on a brick and mortar stage. Pre-orders were open to the public and cost $1,500, with the promise of receiving “private updates” regarding Project Glass. Google plans on releasing Project Glass to the public in 2014, with the chance of a late 2013 release.

Check out the Official Google Glass Informational page, click here.

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