Google hopes to change the face of technology by persuading people to wear computers on their heads.
That’s the inspiration behind Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry. This Internet-connected headgear is set up to let users receive search results, read email, scan maps for directions and engage in video chats without reaching for a smartphone. Google Glass’ grasp of voice commands even makes it possible to shoot hands-free photos and videos.
Google Inc. is touting Glass as a breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations. Critics call it a sign that technology is destroying personal privacy.
Only about 10,000 people in the U.S. have been given the chance to pay $1,500 to own a test version of Glass as part of Google’s “Explorer” program. Last week, Google invited a few technology reporters and bloggers to test Glass under the company’s supervision at a specially equipped San Francisco office that Google calls a “base camp.”
I only got to spend about an hour wearing Glass. But I saw enough to conclude that it has potential to be much more than a novelty, especially if Google lowers the price below $500 by the time the company begins selling the device to the general public next year. The exact date has yet to be determined.
Read more at: Phys.org