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What Exactly is Google Glass?

Back to Blog  •  Posted on August 20, 2014 by admin


Developed by Google with the intent of creating a mass market ubiquitous computer, Google Glass has been described as innovative, cutting-edge, cool, and even creepy. The wearable device features a head-mounted display that is similar to glasses and gives viewers access to smartphone-like information in a hands-free format.

Availability 

Initially available in April 2014 for $1500, Google Glass was available to the public for purchase by invitation only. One month later, the device was made available to the general public for the same price without an invitation. Google has made prescription strength frames available in four different strengths. The tech company has entered a partnership with the Luxottica, an eyewear company that owns high-end brands Ray-Ban and Oakley in addition to other eyewear brands.

Applications

In addition to existing Google apps such as Now, Maps, Google+, and Gmail, third party apps are available for Google Glass. Users may download apps that add features including facial recognition, news updates, exercise monitoring, translation, photo editing, and connecting to social networking sites. Android and iOS users may download an app called MyGlass to help them manage their Google Glass.Social CriticismSeveral different parties have raised an array of concerns involving privacy, etiquette, and security. In a societies in which people of all ages are constantly plugged into their smartphones and continually check and interact with their devices, Google Glass is viewed by some as an opportunity to become even more isolated and have less interaction with others. Advocates for the protection of privacy argue that Google Glass users may be able to use facial recognition to identify strangers in public or broadcast private conversations and interactions.

Political Criticism

In response to the range of concerns regarding Google Glass, some businesses in the U.S. have posted signs prohibiting the use of the device on their property. Concerns in other countries, particularly in those that were part of the former Eastern Bloc, have been raised about the potential use of Google Glass as a gadget for spying. Law enforcement has warned users to remain aware of potential robbers and muggers while using Google Glass, and a journalist, who tested the technology to determine how well it would accommodate disabled users, noted that the devise does not accommodate hearing aids and may not be suitable for people who cannot understand speech.

The development of Google Glass has been met with excitement by some and wariness by others. Nevertheless, the popularity of Google Glass and potential future restrictions that may be placed against the device remain to be seen.