In Terminator, Arnie Baby used his eye-gizmo to size people up. Robert Downey Jr. used his suit’s system to fish out information about people and surroundings in Iron Man. You too could be in the same league with Google’s Project Glass, which launched its second video on YouTube on February 20.
It’s a head-mounted display (contains only a small screen) that captures images and provides information. You become the master of the world that you see through the “glass”. Just say “take picture” and it snaps up whatever you see on the screen. You can record videos hands-free, get directions, pull up your flight schedule, seek information (a tourist looking at the Victoria Memorial can easily find out when it was built, what’s inside...). All the data will come to your cellphone.
How does it connect?
Google Glass contains Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. So, you will need data connection on your phone to download information. Eventually, Google Glass will become a standalone product.
What does it contain?
A camera, compass (for location and direction), microphone, bone-conduction technology to transfer sounds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It runs on Google’s Android operating system.
Is it heavy?
Nope. It’s like wearing a pair of sunglasses.
Can I have one?
A contest is on for US residents only. People are being invited to use the hashtag #ifihadglass to list how they would use the headset. Winners can grab a pair for $1,500. The buzz is that the product will be in the market next year.
What about advertisers?
You’re standing in the middle of Park Street wondering about your next meal. But you don’t want to eat alone. Find friends who are sitting at a nearby restaurant. Or simply find that new Italian place using Glass. All that you now look for online will be there... in the Glass. So, why won’t advertisers follow?
Google Street View:
Imagine the amount of visual data Google will be able to collect from users… buildings, mountains, skyscrapers… from your eyes only!