GOOGLE GLASS, Farewell for now?
Four years after the unveiling of this wearable tech, Alphabet Inc’s Google have shutdown several social media accounts linked to Google Glass. Unfortunately for them, the Google Glass movement did not quite pick up and its price could be a part of the blame($1,500!).This occurred just this Tuesday, Jan 26. If you go to their homepage the following message has been left, “Hi Explorers, we’ve had a blast hanging out with you on G+ throughout the Explorer Program.” It goes on to instruct users to get in touch with questions on the support page for Glass. Why the company called it quits? they are yet to give a comment on their decision. Well perhaps this not the final goodbye just yet, maybe Google plans on a bigger better comeback for Glass. For now lets give props where its due, google being the first to do it. Lets take a look at the amazing functionality of this wearable tech:
A video review of the google glass navigation:
Real-world example of navigating with Google Glass.
Navigation is one of the most used features on my smartphone. It’s also just about the only thing I use my Jeep’s big in-dash display for. But with Navigation for Google Glass, I can follow directions without ever having to take my eye off the road.
Unlike the above video, which stitches together videos and screenshots, Glass updates your navigation map in real-time, providing turn-by-turn directions as you’d see them on your smartphone or Garmin (GPS). But unlike your smartphone or Garmin, Glass doesn’t constantly keep this display live. The Glass display sleeps by default, only awakening when a turn is coming up or when you manually wake Glass to view the map
The Best Navigation Yet?
Glass Navigation is pretty darn great. It prevents fumbling with devices and unlike phones and some dedicated navigation devices, it doesn’t require you take your eyes completely off the road in order to properly navigate. There are some obvious bugs to fix, but compared to a beta product where bugs are completely expected, the amount of things Google Glass gets right makes them appear minuscule.
Setting your destination
There are several ways you can begin navigating, such as:
- Using the “Okay glass” command to speak a full address
- Using the “Okay glass” command to request directions to a “type” of place (grocery store, gas station, etc…)
- Using the “Okay glass” command to request directions to a store name, allowing it to find the nearest one
- Selecting from “Google Now” Places Card
Google glass Overview:
Google’s Glass is a fascinating innovation and has more potential than any new device category we’ve seen in years. But it’s in its very early days and its cost makes it an impossibility for most.
Stand in a line of people in just about any major metropolitan area in the world and you’ll see the same thing: slouched shoulders and down-turned faces staring glumly at smartphone screens. Some people never look away, completely immersed in whatever is happening in the palm of their hands, while others get stuck in a loop of pulling phones from pockets or purses and popping on the screens for just a moment before putting them away again for just a minute or two.
Smartphones are amazing things, but for those who have become addicted to messaging’s instant gratification, they are a bit unwieldy. This annoyance gets even worse as these devices grow larger and larger. One approach would be to relax a little and stop feeling so compelled to check for Facebook notifications every 30 seconds. Those fully immersed in the information age however, will be more inclined to fix the physical inconveniences presented by the problem. A heads-up display seems like a natural fit, and thus we have Google Glass. It’s a headset with a projected display, a camera and a data connection that could revolutionize the mobile device industry. But It could also cause a public uproar over privacy concerns. Is the potential worth the risk?
Looking through Google Glass: Real Life Example
“The people who’ve used Glass, including myself, report it as remarkable. I’d like to let it get a little bit further off a runway before we characterize it in the obvious ways.”_Google chairman Eric Schmidt
“There’s really nothing like putting it on and looking at the display for the first time,” he adds.
Jackson who writes for the Android-related review site Phandroid, and a friend fix the headset of google glass to a camera which enables the viewer to get a better idea of how the glasses actually work.
Google Glass How-to: Getting Started:
Interacting with Glass is a unique experience that can range from head gestures to touch gestures allowing you to use Glass and stay in the moment with others with minimal distraction. You can use touch gestures by tapping and sliding your finger on the touch pad located on the right side of the device near your temple. To Activate Glass: Tap the touch pad to turn the display on.
To Select an item: Tap the touchpad to select a card or expand a bundle.
Back and display off: Swipe down from the Home screen to turn the display off. Swiping down also acts as your back button.
And lastly, Head Wake Up
With Head Wake Up, you can also use your head movement as gestures that allow you to interact with your device.
Display on: Head Wake allows you to activate Glass and turn on the display by tilting your head upward. Tilting your head will turn the display on for a few seconds. Use this gesture to quickly check the time, or issue a voice command using “ok glass.” Configure the angle at which to activate Head Wake from the Settings bundle.