Google Project Glass overview: why it could change telephony, bring Google Plus up and Facebook down
0. phoneArena 22 Feb 2013, 07:40 posted on
With a deeply engraved social DNA, Glass could finally give Google Plus a much needed push, turn the market dynamics against Facebook, and change telephony along the way. Here is how…
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1. sorcio46 (Posts: 420; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Victor H. can you give us a short impression about the quality of the display?
4. Victor.H (Posts: 545; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Nothing that you can't see in the video. It's a transparent display that stands in the corner of your eye, not obstructing eyesight. If we take the video at its face value, the screen should take up around 12% of your entire field of view.
Anyway, those are all details that I'm fairly sure are a subject to change by 2014. What's really interesting here is to see what the interface offers and how Google thinks people would be using this device.
15. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Good point. I think they will at the very least get a nice conversation started with glass. The next step I would imagine is its more beautiful look that makes it as easy as putting on a pair of glasses.
39. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
Actually a recent post on the explains that turning on the voice recognition all u need to do is either tilt your head or tap on the side.
43. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Victor, can you give some short details (if known or available) on the mechanism or the working of the glass.?
Like how it projects the display on the glass and where is the camera situated..
34. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
Vegeta, what does the scouter say?
It's overr 9000!!!
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
What?!!! I almost gone crazy on phonearena because of android fan rage everywhere... And you want me to join their another camp Google +? Just take me to the funny farm instead... :(
don't get me wrong, I love the Google glass and I will get one regadless the price, but Victor sir you are wrong... I bought this as a notification information... Much better than Apple watch if you ask me... But Google +? Thanks but no thanks...
3. sorcio46 (Posts: 420; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
You aren't forced to use it, just limit your experience to the Google services that you want
5. wendygarett (unregistered)
I actually love Google service compare to other, especially on mapping and search engine... But the article says Google glass will increase the popularity of Google + , which is not entirely true :(
6. sorcio46 (Posts: 420; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
If the google glasses are in development to be fully connected with G+ (Google social platform) it will be true
8. wendygarett (unregistered)
According to the video, it's more integrated on search engine.... But yes it will integrate to Google+ , as well as facebook and Twitter...
17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lol what about hidden services that take ur information to 3rd party companies who pop ur screen with hell lot of ads and those informations might be something ur personal you dont want google to spoof on
9. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Great article Victor !
Thumbs up for that :)
33. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Google glasses will be safer than smartphones as they can not be stolen while travelling. Thumbs up for that :)
40. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Although I love this concept of Google Glass but I do not agree on the fact that this type of product can replace a full-fledged smartphone...atleast in the coming years...
ps- Definitely, it can replace wrist watches !
10. trustory (Posts: 121; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
No one would ever wear that; google should've just went with a watch
11. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
"No one would ever wear that"
I WILL buy and wear that...and I do beleive strongly believe that millions will wear that !
12. wendygarett (unregistered)
Umm, I think Google made a right way... Apple realize that most iPhone user has Rolex, therefore they target watch... Meanwhile most geeks who owns android wear glasses, so Google target glasses... Either way, they're direct competitor, who bring notification to whole new level...
14. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
That...............is one of the dumbest, most ignorant, statements I have ever..........ever read.
I'm gonna go suffocate myself, now...
16. wendygarett (unregistered)
Just be honest, you wear glasses right? :)
18. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I do not wear glasses.
And there have not ever been any surveys/statistics that show your claim.
Btw, glasses do not mean anything about a person--except that they have poor natural eyesight. I have 20/13 vision (better than perfect); therefore, I do not need glasses. I use Android because it is superior to the iOS ;-)
When the Google Glasses debut, I'll be rockin them like a champ B-)
24. wendygarett (unregistered)
I prefer Google glass because I wear glasses... I have to appologize for accusing so just because I am the one... no harm feelings ok? Lol
26. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I don't take offense to anything. I just prefer facts over fiction :-)
36. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Most iPhone users wear Rolex's? That is flat out one of the most ridiculous statements I have EVER heard. I see customers come in my store every day with iPhones that couldn't afford a car that costs as much as a Rolex, much less the watch itself. Wendy, please stop posting that kind of useless drivel.......I'm begging you....
19. srk_srinivas (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)
I wish this glass could have a throat mic or something like that, its good for some people doesn't speak in public.
20. shahulvm (Posts: 121; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Am not against innovation or technological advancement, but I see this more of a fancy gadget . Am sure it would sell, but it wont be a huge success. Reasons being :
1. You wouldn't want to be wearing a frame on your face for the most part of the day. Seriously it would add to your discomfort. How long can you keep your earphones on your ears even without listening to music? A day or two, after that you would get tired of it.
2. You wouldn't want your vision to be blocked by glass (12%) and rest plain. Try wearing a broken specs to see the headaches you get with your eyes straining to adjust the vision. No matter how clear the glass is.
3. It would add to your distraction than to being benefit while you drive, walk etc.
4. To the onlookers, it looks like your talking to yourself. Am sure when you hang out with your friends and colleagues, you wouldn't want to be talking to yourself or be distracted when they want your real presence and involvement.
5. Do ppl look better with this frame or without. During all these years of development, the technology was a gadget at your disposal which didnt alter your formfactor. Over here, the gadget is sitting on your face and spoiling the smartness/beauty of your natural self.
Not being pessimistic, but being more realistic.
23. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
no offence bro,but i think i will feel SMARTER having this glass over my face!
27. Victor.H (Posts: 545; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Valid points that raise some interesting questions, but they seem a bit overblown. Millions of people are wearing glasses anyway so if Google figures out a way to combine the Glass frame with prescription glasses that is a huge market. For those who are not wearing prescription glasses on a day-to-day basis it would be a much tougher sale.
As to the distraction, you can easily switch them off, I don't think that would be an issue.
30. Valdomero (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
The way Google is presenting this product seem the contrary of your statement.
1. The wearer has the choice of removing the glasses anytime they want, they just don't have to wear it all day, just like the earphones.
2. To tell you the truth, that's the thing that excites me the most, I would feel like in a video game, having the HUD showing me information almost all the time. Think at the nose, our nose is present in our field of view all the time, but our brain does something amazing, it chooses to ignore it, why? dunno, but after some time, you get use to what is in front of you if it doesn't hurt at all.
3. I will give you a point on this. That depends on the person, I personally won't wear it while driving at the first try (maybe after some practice in my neighborhood).
4. THESE would be a great conversation starter, you can come up with the glass and show the people how it works, not to brag, but to show and teach. The glass won't determine if you don't talk to people or not, it's you who decide that. Yes, it would be weird to see people talking to the air saying 'Google this', 'Google that'. at early stages of the blue-tooth headsets, it was weird to see people talking to the air when they were actually at a call (it's still weird but we're used to it by now), the same will happen to this.
4. I believe Google is looking for some designers to remodel the lens to be more fashionable, but that's aesthetics, some people look smarter, interesting and even sexy with glasses, some just don't, it depends on the person.
32. eanpreou (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
I agree on most of your points. I can just imagine the strain this will give to your eyes and the pain after that. I mean having your vision adjusted after minutes/hours of looking into its display and adjusting it again to see what's around you is an exercise you don't want to give your eyes. Another thing is that I really can't see how people will use this while walking. Goodluck not bumping into something/someone or falling off the stairs. As much as I'm excited about it we all need to consider some points that may hinder us from experiencing what google tried to show in the video.
38. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1476; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
what about SAR regulations ....current tests measure for a specific time period ..this set of glasses will hold a entire data module so it will cause alot of headaches or worse ...isnt it?
21. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Will it come with the screen and the camera attached to the left side of the glass?
28. Victor.H (Posts: 545; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I believe it could be attached to both sides.
25. valapsp (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
I think it must have user voice recognition as when someone else says OK Glass it does not activate itself.
29. Valdomero (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Surprisingly I was thinking the same stuff when I was taking a bath this morning.
How User Interfaces and User Interactions evolve through time, from physical buttons, to touchscreen, to voice commands, to ...
I should base my thesis on this...
35. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Well... I have been thinking about getting new glasses...
37. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Yeah I guess FB is where it ends for me. I'm not going G+ and as a non glasses wearer I even hate wearing 3D glasses at the movies. I'm stuck on this "evolutionary chart" you posted. :(
41. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
The 3D glasses that came with Samsung TV that we bought are gathering dust. I wear glasses but wearing them gives me a headache.