If you still consider smartphones and tablets to be a representation of the ‘new’ era of technology, think again, they could well be on their way to becoming obsolete. The world’s leading search engine, Google, have launched their new ‘smart glasses’, commonly known and referred to as ‘Google Glass’. They contain fundamental computer and smartphone parts such as CPU, GPS, speakers, microphone and battery with additional extras such as a projector and a prism that redirects light into your retina.
Google fuse fashion and technology with the voice-controlled glasses that’s aware of your surroundings and knows what you want before you actually ask for it; providing you with an overlay of associated information beaming into your lense. A ‘heads-up’ display suspended above your eye, projecting data in your field of vision, without obstructing your view- you see both the physical world and all related data connected to it. Although Google Glass has been referred to as the evolution of the smartphone, the projection is set to a resolution of only 640 x 360 pixels, the camera 5-megapixel and videos at 720p, which is lower than most mobile devices.
With five different frames and eight different shades to suit a wide demographic, Google Glass is designed to exceed your standard of living. The frames are said to be lightweight yet robust and suitable for everyday wear. Google Glass has introduced an original, new way of computing. The voice-driven smartglass has an abundance of features and capabilities; text messaging, photo taking, video recording, navigation, weather reports and screen sharing, to name a few. Google Glass was designed to give you all the benefits of a smartphone, without the need to hold the device, a hands-free option.
Despite the revolutionary advances as a personal electronic device, Google Glass has some potential significant defects, such as the battery life, frequent use of the device will only last up to five hours. As well as this, controversy about the head-mounted computerised device is its potential for misuse in a public setting. The voice-activation and control could perform discreetly, allowing users to look up information, take pictures of and facial recognition for web searching of people they are interacting with, unbeknown to the second party.