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Apple is not the only company in the world who is known for innovation. Its arch rival - Google is also busy these days promoting a new kind of wearable computer. The augmented head display is currently in a testing mode. And the name of the device - It's simple to remember, Google Glass.
The software giant is doing all sort of field experiments to make sure that the device is workable, to some extent. Google is also taking help from Youtube in promoting videos related to 'Glass.' Developers can purchase Glass' from Google at a price of $1500 (Rs. 80,000).
As of now, its retail release is still a mystery, however, reportedly, the company is said to be targeting fall release of Google Glass. At the same time, recently the gadget appeared for sale at eBay at a whopping price of $15,225 (Rs 8,20,094 approximately). According to a BusinessInsider reports, "A eBay seller claims to have a pair, and is auctioning off a Google Glass headset on the site right now."
Now the biggest question which pops up over here is, Is Google Glass limited to just a fashion accessory? Or in real wearable computers is future? Well, lets take a look at the brief details of the Project Glass to understand to will it take on the future and will be a necessity for the youth of today.
What is Google Glass?
Project Glass has been in the development for the last 3-4 years. It was Google's dream to make a futuristic device. The augmented head-gear is not similar to Sony's 3D Personal Viewer. No, it's completely different and uses Android OS. In simple language, it's very similar to spectacles without glasses. In reality, Google Glass does not require any glasses to project an image. The design philosophy behind Glass' is transparent.
Free interaction, is the right word to project Glass'. A head-mounted display is being fixed just above the right eye to beam an image. The Glass' comes with a 720p HD camera to shoot pictures and record videos on go. Well at this moment nothing can be said with surety - what exactly Glass' can do. But going by Google promoted Glass' videos, one thing can be said that it will be very similar to Siri. The Glass supports Google voice to change directions and search maps/directions on go.
With Google Glass, searching internet will be fun and interactive. That is known at the moment. It is up to the developer community to make supported apps that could change our life a lot error free.
Do We Need a Device like Glass'?
From flexible display to virtual assistants, technology is moving at much faster rate than projected. Google Glass like device won't be cheap to be used everywhere. Surely, the company has spent billions of dollars on just R&D. So, expected price will be above sky, for sure. The most important thing about any device - be a smartphone or tablet, is the practical approach behind the device.
When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, it was looked with suspicion. Later, the device made history with raring sales and most importantly its daily usage in unimaginable fields. One important aspect of Glass' is that it can be used with any supported frame.
Around its retail release many companies who are already present in Optical business, for instance Ray-Ban, would like to be associated with Glass. See, possibilities are endless with Google Glass, all it needs courage to go forward with such devices.
Google can take a risk with product like Glass', for instance. In countries like India, where a mere smartphone cost Rs. 4,000, devices like Google Glass are pretty useless. Or if you belongs to a royal family then do spend on such device In one of the promoted videos one of the senior executive said that "At times when your smartphone is not with you and by chance you want to capture memorable moments than you can Google Glass can help you out."
Are the tech experts expecting Glass' to be just a camera? No, they are expecting more from Google. Again and Again, Google is currently inviting developers to make appropriate apps for Glass'. More details will arrive at the time of Google I/O 2013.