When most people think of the future and technology, they think of clean, minimalist spaces and Heads-up display (HUD) or hands-free technology interfaces. In 2002, Minority Report had future users waving their hands before a screen in order to access and use information and only eight years later Xbox Kinect allowed console gamers to do the same thing to their favorite games. Now, Google would like to change the way individuals interface with smartphones.
The idea behind Google Glass is to create a hands-free HUD capable of replicating all of the major functions associated with today’s smartphones. Using Bluetooth technology the new Google Glass will allow for the sending and receiving of SMS messages, GPS data and interfacing, the viewing and recording of pictures and video, and other normal phone operations.
All of this will take place on a light-weight and flexible frames that allows for the attachment of prescription lenses (in future versions), tinted lenses, or just as the frames with the Glass hardware attached. The most exciting new feature is the inclusion of a "bone conduction transducer" which allows the Google Glass to transmit sounds from your phone and internet applications without the use of ear-buds or headphones by sending vibrations directly into the bones of a user’s head.
Google has recently announced that the first versions of the new Google Glass will be available shortly to a limited few for around $1500. Along with this information, Google also released the new technical specifications for the current Google Glass, which are:
- Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face
- Extra nosepads in two sizes
- High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away
- Photos : 5 MP
- Videos : 720p
- Bone Conduction Transducer
- Wifi – 802.11b/g
- 16 GB Total Flash Memory
- 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage
- One full day of typical use
- Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive
- Included Micro USB cable and charger.
- While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
- Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
- The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging