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Review: First peek through Google Glass impresses

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Posted August 9, 2013
In this July 31, 2013, photo, Associated Press reporter Michael Liedtke models Google glass at a Google base camp in San Francisco. Google Inc. is touting Glass as a liberating breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations than checking a smartphone to see what's happening in your digital realm. Critics deride Glass as another disturbing example of a how enslaved people are to their devices and a sign that technology is obliterating personal privacy. (AP Photo)

In this July 31, 2013, photo, Associated Press reporter Michael Liedtke models Google glass at a Google base camp in San Francisco. Google Inc. is touting Glass as a liberating breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations than checking a smartphone to see what’s happening in your digital realm. Critics deride Glass as another disturbing example of a how enslaved people are to their devices and a sign that technology is obliterating personal privacy. (AP Photo)

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

 

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