Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Project Glass

Google Glass revealed

On April 4, Google released a teaser video entitled “Project Glass: One day…” The video, which has already gained over 10 million views, showcases Google’s new product: Project Glass.

Project Glass is Google’s attempt at integrating your entire life with social media using their prototype glasses. The glasses, as shown in the video, employ the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in a transparent display in front of the user’s very eyes. Google intends to integrate Google Maps, Google+ and voice recognition technology to allow users to live their life through a Google-guide. “We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of the way when you don’t,” says the Project Glass Google+ page.

In the video, the wearer of the glasses is able to look outside and instantly check the weather and see his schedule for the day, respond to text messages he views through the glasses by voice, view step-by-step directions anywhere he wants to go and is able to take a photograph by simply commanding the headset to “take a photo of this” and instantly share it to his Google+ circles. The video concludes with the user sharing his own view with his girlfriend while overlooking a sunset. While the device has excited many users over its futuristic ability to essentially merge a smartphone with your own eyes, it has also stirred up a lot of controversy.

Google says that the glasses could be available for a late 2012 release, but others insist that the technology featured in the video is unrealistic and would not be available for another two years. “In one simple fake video, Google has created a level of over-hype and over-expectation that their hardware cannot possibly live up to,” said Director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech Blair MacIntyre.

Since the video’s release, a Google spokesperson has indicated that it is unlikely the glasses will be available by the end of 2012. However, the price of the glasses has been announced, and is expected to range from $250 to $600. Despite the technical debate of whether or not Google Glass is actually possible today, the glasses have sparked an argument about whether they are positive or negative project. Many have spoken up in opposition to a world where everyone who is wearing a computer is constantly aware of your personalized data and most likely feeding all of that information back to Google’s servers.

For more information regarding the development and release of Google Glass, go to the Google Glass Google+ page online or check out the preview through Youtube.


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