Google's Project Glass to arrive earlier, in stores by the end of this year, but with no cellular connectivity
Google plans to sell Glass for less than the $1,500 it now charges developers. If it launches this year, we expect it to be right at the end of it, targetting the busy Holiday shopping season.
The Verge’s lucky Josh Topolsky got to wear and actually use Glass revealing a lot of interesting bits and pieces about it. First and most importantly, Google disappointingly confirmed Glass will ship with no cellular connectivity option. That will significantly limit what you can do with it as the device is voice driven and voice is processed on the cloud. In simple words, the device would turn pretty useless in places with no connection.
Also, it seems that Glass’ most sought after function will indeed be image and video recording. The device is equipped with an LED light that switches on when you record video, much like a webcam. By the looks of it, that light cannot be turned off easily (that’s our assumption here), which would again make it very obvious to passers-by you are recording them.
Another piece that is revealed is the mechanism to switch on Glass. If you had any wild hopes that the device is listening to you at all times, those come to rest. However it does have a very convenient way to wake it up not requiring your hands - you simply slowly tilt your head up. You can also tap on the side of it with a hand, if that’s what you prefer.
There is a ton of other small details and impressions at the original article, so feel free to check it out. It is extremely exciting to see the future come alive in 2013. What do you think about Glass, excited about it?
source: The Verge
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1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Really excited about Google Glass and its evolution in 2014 and so on !
2. valapsp (Posts: 484; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
Was it supposed to come with cellular connectivity? Tethering it to a smartphone does the job I think.
And what happens to OK glass command?
3. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
That's fine, I'll just tether it. Now tell me the price and take my money!
4. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I don't think it makes sense to have a cellular radio in the Glass, it takes up space and it uses a lot of power.
It makes much more sense for the glass to just use your phone's cellular data and I think that's what Google had in mind from the get-go.
6. Victor.H (Posts: 462; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Yep, it could have been the plan all along. To me Glass makes much more sense with cellular connectivity, so can't agree with you on this one. It's also a matter of compromise, though. It's easier to ship something with Wi-Fi only then to certify for carriers. Battery life is also an issue.
9. jsobotka (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)
It's about time we start reducing redundancy in our devices. Think about it... if you always have your smartphone with you, and it is always connected via cellular or wi-fi, then there is no point in Glass supporting either of those. Tether it via bluetooth and leave out all other radios to reduce cost, size, and weight, and improve battery life.
Unfortunately, though, the cellular providers will push back on this.
11. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1057; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Are you certain it will be Wi-Fi? To me it would make a lot more sense doing the connection via Bluetooth, mainly the 4.0 version, as it would be a lot friendlier for the battery both for the phone and the Glass.
5. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Now THIS is innovation! Not something I would use since I would feel like an assh*le using it, but love the tech and potential applications!
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Apple launched iGlass in 2015 as by then many of the things in this glass would be public and so easier to copy ... wait a minute, are we also looking at S-Glass in 2014 because Sammy is faster in execution than Apple? ... or who knows a Chinese version for $150 in 2014 :D
10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1383; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
a bit safer than having cellular modules next to your head for long term exposure
12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This is great news. I guess Google wants too push their GLASS for the holidays sales i mean it won't be with out GOOGLE GLASS if their going too open up their GOOGLE STORE just hope they will open one up in D.C. don't think can make a tripe too NY for their store opening
13. Valdomero (Posts: 125; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I prefer it being Wi-Fi only, I have an Wi-Fi only iPad and I like to use my phone as hotspot when I'm out of Wi-Fi range to use the iPad, for the Glass it would be the same configuration.
Battery wise, it would drain the cellphone's battery very quick, maybe bluetooth or an improved NFC?
14. rob5150 (Posts: 130; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
from the article...
Glass will ship with no cellular connectivity option. That will significantly limit what you can do with it as the device is voice driven and voice is processed on the cloud.'
Jelly Bean has offline voice installed.
so voice is still possible, if its based on jelly bean, furthermore. whatever system it ships with will be a year newer/advanced than jelly bean
15. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
If it cost the same as nexus 4 I would certainly buy it
16. toiletcleaner (Posts: 213; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
just take my money. i dont need a cellular connection, thats why i have my phone for
17. ankitp (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
ohooo...,homemade porn will be more exciting on this glass :P
18. aahmed215 (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
"The device is equipped with an LED light that switches on when you record video, much like a webcam. By the looks of it, that light cannot be turned off easily (that’s our assumption here), which would again make it very obvious to passers-by you are recording them."
There goes my Stifmeister Productions.
19. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
tethering consume much more phone battery, so not only useless but also lesser your phone usage
20. ChafedBanana (Posts: 360; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Great. So we have to walk around with mobile hotspot on our phones turned on, draining the battery in the process for this thing to work.