I’ll bet you don’t know who is the most active Glass user is. I do. I’ll show you who it is later in this column.
Google Glass Colors
I know all you gents and ladies out there are really just interested in the colors of Google Glass, so here they are right off the bat!
Just What is Google Glass?
Google Glass is wearable technology that acts as an extension of your smartphone screen to perform a set of simple tasks. It resembles a pair of glasses. (See chart right)
Google Glass connects to the Internet through your cell phone. There is some iPhone support for some functions but Android support is much better.
What Can Google Glass Do?
Initiates turn-by-turn driving, walking, or cycling directions
Captures and shares photos and videos only through Google+
Starts a Google Hangout (party with your friends on the teeny tiny screen on your Glass (emoji’s included)
Accepts phone calls
Delivers search results, including the weather
Hooks into third-party apps
(From: Jessica Dolcourt, Everything you need to know about Google Glass (FAQ) May 6, 2013 3:26 PM PDT) Price (You can’t pay this price because Google won’t let you)
Theoretically speaking would you pay $1,600 (with tax) for Google Glass Explorer Edition, and it’s an intentional beta product that's meant to spark a wave of new hardware and software applications down the line. This is conceptware, which means Google Guys are so smart, you pay them money to work on their product.
What about Email?
You can get your Gmail, text messages and incoming calls. When you want to reply, you swipe the touchpad (the arm of the glasses) and tap on reply. You reply by talking and Google Glass will translate your response into text with good accuracy.
Naturally, Google Glass comes with Google features we peasants already use on our clunky computers. These include:
Mapping directions. (All you have to say is, "O.K., Glass, get directions to Guemes Island," and it will show you the route right on the screen.)
Google translation, "O.K., Glass, how do you say hot dog in German," and you will then hear the answer in your ear -- Wurst.
What are features you can’t use with Google Glass?
You can't look at something and have them search. You can't e-mail a photo. You have to share the photo on Google Plus right now.
You can't wear them all day long. The battery doesn't last more than 3.5 hours.
You can't wear regular/prescription glasses or sunglasses with them. There goes my chance at the Glass.
You can't easily connect. Setting up Glass on a home and open wireless network is easy, but when you move beyond that, things get complicated. You can't connect to a wireless network that requires you to sign on via a webpage.
You also can't use 4G or LTE (Long-Term Evolution, i.e really fast connection) if your Android phone doesn't support Bluetooth tethering (using your Smart Phone /Android to connect your laptop to the Internet. Tethering can also be used with WiFi.) While you can use your iPhone with the glasses, it doesn't support text messages or GPS directions. If you understood what I just wrote, you probably won’t buy GGlass.
You can't buy or afford them. Glass costs $1,600 (with tax). Even if you had the money, YOU can’t buy them. That's what Google is charging for the limited Explorer Edition, which it has promised to a couple of thousand early adopters. Google isn't selling them right now, but says it plans to sell them either later this year or early next for a more affordable price. But as they stand now, $1,600 is way too much for the limited functionality. From: ABC News May 2, 2013
You can’t cuss. Google's voice translation technology censors curse words, prohibiting its user from for instance sending a voice-written email containing an explicative. Daily Mail.uk
With its over pronounced right side, Google Glass Explorer Edition is impossible to ignore and I think it’s ugly. The picture below shows you what Seattle thinks of Google Glass, don't bring them into our house!
Glass for Kids?
Do you want your kids looking like the child below? Don’t let the tiny tots or even older kids use Glass.
How will relationships be affected by Google Glass?
Answer to Most Active User of Goggle Glass
From the website: White Men Wearing Glass (really!) the answer is: Noble Ackerson, an African-American man who lists himself as a Business Strategist & Software Developer on his LinkedIn page and has posted far more photographs to Google+ from his Glass test unit than anyone else in the program according to Google’s own stats on the Google+ network.
Guys, think you’re looking good?
What does Glass look like?
Glass looks like a pair of rimless glasses with a thick, heavy right stem and a cubic rectangle sticking out of the front. It has nose pads and an adjustable arm in the front. There's a power button, a speaker, an indicator light, a Micro-USB charging port, and a camera shutter button.
The battery sits behind your right ear, and a touch-sensitive navigation pad is embedded in the right arm near your temple. Scroll through the photo gallery or watch the video for a closer look.
Where does the screen sit?
The small "screen" (the glass of Glass) measures 0.75 inch deep and 0.375 inch by 0.375 inch wide and tall, and it sits between your eyebrow and upper lid, not in front of your eye. You glance up and to the right to read the active display area, which is half an inch at the diagonal.
Can you switch the display to the left?
Not in the Explorer Edition, though in future releases, it's always possible that you can order frames with the display oriented on the left.
What is the display mostly used for?
Viewing search results, texts, and everything you can do with Glass.(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
How clear are images on the head-up display?
The answer to this question is a big "it depends." The display is small -- 0.5 inch -- so it helps if you've got strong natural vision or corrective lenses. Since the display housing is transparent, it's easier to read the screen in front of a darker backdrop rather than, for instance, staring into cloudy, overcast skies.
How do you control Glass?
There's voice recognition, which you trigger by saying "OK, Glass."
The device's touch pad (aka right arm) works in tandem with voice controls. You'll tap and swipe forward, backward, or down to scroll and back out of "screens" you see in the display.
A third control method is in the works, winking will take pictures. Creepy.
Do you control it with your eyes or head?
Moving your head won't change a thing, but if you look up at the Glass module, the screen should light up so you can verbally command it. Otherwise, you can bobble your eyes and head at will, and navigate Glass through deliberate voice and manual controls. Great, Google Glass is going to make Bobble Heads out of all its users.
How strong is the device?
Made of titanium and plastic, the Glass Explorer Edition frame adjusts by hard bending, so it's pretty sturdy. I've also (accidentally) dropped pairs on a concrete floor from a height of 6 feet without any damage whatsoever.
Is it waterproof?
Definitely not! Google's response to this very question: "Don't let the Glass device or battery come in contact with liquids. Liquids can get into the electronic components, leading to corrosion."
What is its battery life like?
Google says battery life will last a full day, unless you use more-draining features like a Google Hangout. However, both of CNET's Glass units drained much, much faster, in a few hours of intermittent use. That doesn't mean, of course, that the final product won't see improved battery life, but for now staying juiced is an area of weakness. "One of the great things about Glass is that the software automatically updates monthly, so Glass gets better every single month without you having to do a thing," the post said. "Today we're releasing new software for the camera on Glass. It captures a rapid sequence of shots behind the scenes every time you press the camera button which, when combined, gives you a better picture than what you would get with a single shot." (eweek.com)
If Cheers had Google Glass. Check out Norm.
Please don’t crash and smash with Google Glass!
I enjoy Gadgets but Google Glass seems absurd and unhealthy! As for me, I’d rather hang out with humans and my four legged friends. For satisfying entertainment I can stick with reading books, riding Belle Starr and other activities that are not technology based.
Actually, I found the perfect place in Friday Harbor where I can buy my "Glass" and read fun books – the $6.99 Sunglasses Store at the ferry landing. Gayle and Hugh Williams have a place I frequent in the summer since I am prone to losing my “Glass.” None of the Google Glass reviews mention replacement costs or insurance, but could you afford $1,600 to replace your Glass?
Below you can see me with Gayle Williams www.gayleannwilliams.com/ In addition to selling inexpensive sunglasses, for those of us who lose them a lot, Gayle is an author and I am reading her book Tsunami Blue, a great summer read! Visit her website to read more about books. Gayle’s husband Hugh is her biggest cheerleader!
Read a book, wear the less expensive "glass," sounds like a summer plan to me!
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