Introducing The Google Glass


A computer on your head?

Google Glass seems like the next step in technology. When we look at the future, head wear is the unavoidable next step for personal computing and for others. And in this situation, Google Glass may appear like a concept without practical application. It’s seamlessly integrating technology with our lives. Sure, wearing a computer on your face sounds cool, but who wants to wear it in public? But time will be witness to that.

For all of you who are confused, last week, Google unveiled details of its wearable smart glasses, the eye wear-meets-smartphone gadget which was first announced last year. The Glass headset includes a camera, a tiny screen and a Wi-Fi connection, meaning you can record films, make videos, or Google search, hands-free. As this stunning video ad shows, you can do all of this whether you’re skydiving or  horse riding or mid-roller coaster.

Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, recently said that mobile phones were an emasculating aid to social isolation. He also said that Google Glass allows people to keep their heads up and let the digital information come up onto their worlds. It’s a new technology, it’s got its flaws but what it brings to the consumer is something never seen before. Everything is simplified.

Google Glass is supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones, except the spectacles respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen.

The glasses include a tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices.

Imagine this — if you get a text message or have an incoming call when you’re walking down a busy street, there are like two or three things you have to do before you can deal with that situation. Most of them involve you completely taking your attention off of your task at hand: walking down the street. With Google Glass, that information just appears to you, in your line of sight, ready for you to take action. And taking that action is little more than touching the side of Glass or tilting your head up — nothing that would take you away from your main task of not running into people. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?


As far as style is concerned, Google is negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up company that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames. It will surely face a lot of resistance from the fashion-conscious public, but with enough time, it might just become a style statement.


The Glass is currently priced at 1500 dollars and is sold to selected people in America only, by accepting applications ( #ifihadglass ). But it is scheduled to hit the markets by the end of the year. So again, patience is the key.

Google Glass has the potential to completely change the computing and mobile industries. After all, it wasn’t too many years ago when a touch-screen phone seemed crazy. So, the future seems exciting.

Akhil Thakur

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