Google created the most desirable sci-fi-looking device that everyone sought to wear at least once. Its hands-free picture-taking, as well as head-tracking navigation, were ideas of our future, and Google Now alerts were placed to good use now. But its normal uses were limited and privacy continued to be a concern. Not everybody got their money’s value from this one-of-a-kind, discontinued innovation.
- Smooth, comfortable design
- Easy-to-take hands-free photos
- Google Now is impressive
- Head-tracking navigation is dreamlike
- Chat starter
- Shockingly expensive
- Battery life span is very low
- 5MP photos require good lighting
- Restricted number of apps
Glass persisted longer than I expected, with around eight hours of irregular use. Shooting video and running apps concentrated the battery lifespan, but for overall day-to-day notifications, guidelines and the peculiar photo, it will probably last as long as a smartphone from 2012.
Glass links to a smartphone via Bluetooth for the data connection while but has its individual Wi-Fi when at home, which is simply configured through a smartphone. It struggles to link to more complex commercial Wi-Fi, though.
Small of the price, which is no small matter, the major problem with Google Glass is the feedback of people around the wearer. It feels communally inappropriate much of the time – if not for the wearer, then for their spectators.
Only around 25% of people perceptibly reacted to me wearing them walking about on the street on trains and buses. Of that 25 %, very few had contrary reactions, with some requesting me to take them off and others prominently wary of me.
Though flexible, the titanium headband remains hard-wearing as it stretches from ear to ear. It runs
together with a plastic casing that hides Glass’ key components and gives it a completely fresh look. This delicate style makes the unprotected parts like the camera lens in the front be prominent even more – for better or worse.
Everybody’s attention is also directly drawn to the adjacent cube-shaped glass prism that sits overhead the right eye. It has a suitable 640 x 360 resolution and suspends just out of the way of the wearer’s line of sight. For the wearer, this modified display acts as a much larger screen, one that’s equal to a 25-inch HDTV sitting eight feet away.
Even with the awkwardness of the battery and tough frame, Google Glass is very lightweight and contented resting on my face. It weighs only 42 grams (1.48 oz) and because of all, together with the screen, is just out of my line of vision I frequently forget I’m wearing it.
Is Google Glass the future of wearable technology? It was honestly useful while walking about, rapidly glancing at notifications was great, heads-up directions were convenient and a few of the augmented reality apps were fun.
But most of what Glass ensures apart from the head-height photo and video functions can be done either with a smartwatch or a smartphone, if not quite as conveniently. Smart glasses have potential without hesitation, mostly for industries where hands-free access to information is critical, but there is no killer app for customers until now.
Unlike smart glasses, the virtual reality headsets are booming the tech market and are expected to have a larger impact. Cardboard is a simple VR headset launched by Google and is very popular among people looking to indulge in the mysterious world of virtual reality. Google is even experimenting with DayDream, a platform for mobile virtual reality, and other services like Jump and Expeditions.