Google may currently be hosting the Mega I/O Developers Conference – 12, shunting magnanimous product launches, announcement of Jelly Bean, Nexus 7, Nexus Q, Google Plus ++, all along every now & then, however nonchalant it may seem, the ruins of its past failures have never stopped haunting the giant. The half baked releases that turned out fraudulent & most ridiculous at the end costed the company millions shaking the very existence of Google from just being a mere search provider, Google Buzz & Wave were such a few to be named.
Thought of retaliation from such a shame, cleaving of the great divide between hope of masses & success demanded a risky dive into Stranger tides. Result of this demand was a revolution, pushing aspirations beyond boundaries thus came the advent of ”Google Glasses” which is expected to redefine what Google stands for in the near future.
Google Glasses Project as it is currently being referred to was basically an initiative of Google to produce wearable Computers and bring the the holistic concept of Augmented Reality into being. Aimed at helping people share their exciting moments and to let the world see through the eyes of the wearer.
It is designed on the terms of shrinking technology pieces and is constituted as below:
- A camera fitted before the eye on the transparent glass slightly above the line of sight (to avoid obscured vision), that captures the moments & streams it live over the social network.
- A built-in microphone that records audio pertinent to the recorded video
- A pair of transparent glass before the eyes that double up as a display & interface, streaming information similar to a computer screen.
- Gyroscopes & Accelerometers incorporated into the device that gives the directional information as well as orientation. It also helps in sensing gestures like “nodding” & “shaking“
- Local storage that helps in storing the video or other details in the absence of internet connection
- Battery that powers up the device
- A touch pad kind of setup that is used to provide the manual input to the device
- A built in WiFi facility that is used to connect the device to the internet
An all excited Sergey Brin demonstrated the demo of the SkyDivers laden with Google Glasses descending the Airplane & simultaneously live streaming the exciting experience – First Person view in real time over hangouts. That was one of the best display of Technology ever. Have a look at the video below.
The beta version which definitely won’t serve the purpose of consumer applications, was planned to be distributed exclusively to Developers present at I/O only on pre-order for $1500 called Project Explorer and will be handed to them soon. As said this version has many “Rough Edges” that may not suit daily uses. With our experience with the prototypes, we had concluded several points.
- Every exciting experience of a person can be captured & streamed/shared in real time – his own eye view. A person excited exclaimed “I cradled my baby son on to the air and was able to capture & share this moment, it was awesome”
- A person wearing the Glasses can get the relevant details directly on to his screen just before his eyes. For example, by simply looking on to the sky, the display would forecast the present climatic conditions, At the subway, train details would directly pop up before the eyes, Looking on to a monument or landmark would present the relevant details related to it.
- You can video chat while walking & find directions easily.
(faults basically with the developer model)
- After some fiddling with connectivity options of the beta version it was revealed that they don’t actually pack any WWAN model for connectivity
- 3G/4G Modules can be incorporated in the final product which can connect to hotspots or network towers or atleast use the tethered connection of your smartphone
- In isolated placed devoid of network & connection options the video captured can be stored in the local storage to be transmitted at a later time
- The battery support is very minimal in this prototype limited to some hours, Google is working on possibilities to extend the battery life to a day to support seamless connectivity
- Though the device can be controlled remotely using smartphones, manual control is advised to avoid any kind of discrepancies.
- As Brin claimed, Glasses will be a sort of premium thing and will cost more than Smart Phones.
Glasses may come for final consumers in 2014, hands tight till then.
Whatever it may be, technology should be at right hands and should serve humanity, its ultimate frontier. Google’s initiative has served its purpose, plummeting it out of defamation and aligning it on line to its rival challengers. What future has in store is still a mystery.
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