Google Glasses (aka Project Glass)


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Pictured above is Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, wearing a pair of augmented reality glasses.


Description:


Lens-less and a sleek straight wire frame aren't the only things that make these a special pair of glasses. These will function like a smartphone, allowing the user to answer calls, respond to text messages, and go on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter all from touching the side of the glasses and/or voice. Another part that's getting more publicity is that it can take pictures and videos, giving cameras and smartphones a real scare.
Interview with Google CEO Sergey Brin


How It Works:


The Google Glass glasses will use a transparent LCD or AMOLED display to be able to put information in front of the person's eye. A person can scroll and click on different things within the glasses by tilting their head. Apparently, this will be easy to learn and get used to. It will also use voice input and output. A person would be able to browse the internet through the use of natural language voice commands. A touch sensitive surface on the right side of the frame will also be available. These glasses will be ran on Google's OS Android currently 4.2 jelly bean. The glasses have newer features of multiple microphones and speakers as well as a camera that takes video and 3g and 4g data. On the top right of the right eye frame will have a button where you can take photos. The latest prototype shows that there is only one speaker located on the right ear.

Within the glasses there will be a microprocessor chip that will be smaller and more efficient than the one found in the average standard desktop. The glasses will contain Bluetooth and WiFi antennas, gyroscopes, an accelerometer, and a compass built into the frame.

Google glass at Google I/O conference
Video of glasses in action (sport)

Applications:


Google has made the glasses so that they will last through your every day activities and more. They are lighter than your average pair of sunglasses but sturdy enough to stay on while you go mountain biking, playing tennis, or sky diving. A new patent shows that Google is going to have a laser display on their glasses. This will project onto your hand, wall or whatever surface you want to use. The eyewear is located at the top of the frame, which means you need to look up to see the projections, allowing nothing to block your field of vision. Google is also working on adding indirect bone condition speakers. These speakers will vibrate the frame of the glasses transferring the sound indirectly to your eardrum.
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Since this is such an advanced technology it has countless application possibilities. Perhaps this product will reshape the current technology market. This one product has the potential to render many of the smart phones, cameras, video recording devices out today obsolete.

Terminology:


Augmented Reality - Combining real scenes with virtual computer generated information on them.
Head-up Display - Transparent display of information in the users viewpoint.
Prototype - early sample or model built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics,design, electronics, and software programming.
AMOLED- (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions

Citations/References/Web Resources:


Google+ Project Glass
Wikipedia Project Glass
Mass News Media
Techradar
Augmented Reality Definition
Head-up Display Definition
Project Glass Skydives
How Project Glass Will Work

Graphics:


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The prototype shown as CES said to be ready in 2014 for around $1500