Google Glass – Lunacy or Major Convenience?

Okay, so there’s been a lot of scuttlebutt about Google Glass – the new glasses with built-in data management. It’s all been a little vague to me, so I decided to do a little research last night before I went to sleep. I have a nasty habit of cracking open the notebook for some pre-sleep surfing before bed. Here are the results of my late night inquisition:

Google glass is, in essence, a “wearable computer.” It will place your computer screen right in front of your eyes – slightly off to the right – without distorting or obstructing your normal vision – so says Google. It’s a camera, display, microphone and built-in battery. There is also a touchpad on the frame; not quite sure how that works. Oh, and it loves voice commands.

Huh?

I know what you’re thinking, “Joe, how can I have a mouse and keyboard if my computer is in my glasses?”

Glad you asked my dear Grasshopper…

It’s commanded by voice and head movement. I know, I know, “Oh great … more people talking to themselves and exhibiting unusual head ticks, right?” Well, yeah, that’s how it works. You just tilt your head up and say, “Send an email to Joe Hammer” or “Give me directions to Benihana in Scottsdale,” and it will launch a voice activated email or provide you an “on board” GPS.

Here’s the scary part…

You can also say, “take a picture” or “record a video” and it will do that as well.

Yikes! None of those glasses in my bedroom!

The display is located on the right side and, according to Google, you will see “the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.” That’s pretty impressive. “… and you still have full view of the highway…” (Google didn’t say that; I did).

Merci Beaucoup!

Here’s another cool feature. Someone speaks to you in another language – Google glass translates it and shows the results in English on the screen! Hopefully better than Google Translate… that’s a train wreck. Oh, you’re welcome … vous êtes les bienvenus.

All this technology is housed in a pair of glasses no heavier than a pair of standard sunglasses. Impressive. They are expected to roll out on a consumer level by the end of this year – and in a number of fashionable colors.

I have a feeling these things are going to be banned in a lot of places. The idea of taking video and pictures with a mere voice command is pretty James Bondish.

Here’s a good video overview of Google Glass. Check it out…

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