Google Glasses, aka Project Glass, may just revolutionize the way that we share images with our friends.
Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish that I could have video taped that" after seeing something that suddenly happened? With the flip of a switch, or even a head movement, you will be able to do just that!
At yesterday's Google I/O conference, not only did Google show how the Google Glasses would look, but they let a few secrets slip about how it would work.
The glasses are actually pretty sleek, and don't take up much room, although because of this they almost look more like something out of a sci-fi movie than trendy glasses.
All of the information is not known on the exact specs of the Google Glasses, but what we do know is:
• Engineers are currently 'experimenting' with connectivity options. Existing prototypes -- including those worn in the skydiving stunt below -- do not have any sort of built-in WWAN connectivity.
• While it's possible that a 3G / 4G module could end up in production devices, the general idea is that latching onto nearby WiFi hotspots or relying on a wireless tether with your smartphone will be the primary way that Glass gets its data to the web.
• Controlling Glass will eventually rely on a mixture of inputs: it'll recognize voice commands, while also taking cues from the right sidebar. There's a touch-sensitive pad on there that'll understand gestures.
• It's entirely probable that Glass will also be able to be controlled via one's smartphone, but physical inputs will be the preferred ones.
• Glass has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, enabling wearers to tell Glass what to do by nodding, shaking one's head, etc.
• The internal battery sits just behind the ear on the right side; the capacity and longevity weren't confirmed, though.
• Glass will be able to record locally, but the idea is to have 'most everything' streamed live to the web; it's the "live, right now!" nature of Glass that Google intends to push as one of its differentiating factors.
• In an area where wireless data isn't available (like a remote National Park or a hospital room that forbids phone usage), storing video locally would be possible for uploading later.
With the Google Glasses, we will all be able to make our own lives into live action reality shows, but with the Average Joe's high desire for fame, is this really a good thing?
We personally like the Google Glass project, however it will be interesting to see how it will end up being used.
Take a look at the Google Glasses in action during a skydiving trip in the video below to really see how Google Glass can be used.