Google Glass Overview
Goggle Glass is a hardware and software product that is not going to be hitting market until the end of 2013, or 2014. If it is to be realized this will be the first widely available commercial wearable computing item to actually hit the market. As any project in its infancy, there are many unknown facts about its use and about its meaning on the market but for now we can take Google's information with a grain of salt and try to understand where the project is coming from and where it may lead. So, let's first explore where the concept comes from and what it may entail.
Origin of wearable computing and Google Glass's place
Many prototypes of small iteration projects have been produced over the years. The first VR glasses ever date back to the beginning of the 90s where they were used to simulate a complete 360-degree space. The movement of your head was recorder and the images displayed in front of your eyes changed accordingly. But these were bulky units, far from the kind of ultra slim glasses that Google is interested in producing.
Besides, the actual concept is different from the ground up. From the information released by Google, the glasses will be a means to enhance the information that one naturally perceives and to have a set of options readily available without the need to maneuver a hand set or any other controls. So, basically, Google Glass will be able to display information directly onto your eye. It may concern your itinerary; it may concern the people you encounter; it may help you navigate in the city. The actual scope and functionality of the product has not yet been revealed, if ever even formulated.
So, How Will It Work?
The exact details of the technology behind the glasses haven't yet been revealed. It is believed however that the glasses will produce an image by means of an LCD or AMOLED matrix. The image will be projected on the eye or in front of the eye, to blend naturally with the environment. By using a GPS device integrated within the frame of the glasses, information regarding your current position may be offered to you and you may even be offered directions or an itinerary. The services that could be offered can only be speculated as the exact specifications haven't yet been released, or, as we believe, even formulated. Google however has declared that one will interact with the glasses by vocal commands or by tilting one's head. No digital input will be required.
Is It Revolutionary?