Geek or Chic? Google Glass is Coming.
Google Glass is new portable technology device, one that you wear on your face like you would a pair of glasses. Google Glass puts information right into your field of vision, without obscuring the world around you. It is a hands-free device which allows you to send messages, take pictures and video, check the weather or the time of your flight.
At first, some scoffed at the idea of this wearable technology, and wondered if Google Glasses was a real product. Now, some early models of Google Glass have been released to app developers and early explorers (who had to pay $1500 for the privilege). You can see some images of what Google Glass looks like, and simulations of Google Glass in action, at the Glass web site: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
Google Glass can even provide sound, by vibration. You can take pictures of whatever you’re looking at, video conference, and with the MyGlass app, link with your Android phone, to get GPS information or send messages. In fact, one of the more convenient uses may be GPS directions that appear before you while you’re traveling, saving you from looking over at your GPS, or picking up your phone to check a map. Glass will sync with your Google Drive in the cloud, and Bluetooth and WiFi will be built in.
Google also has said that there will be a version with prescription lenses for those of us who already wear glasses, but want to use Google Glass.
Anticipation seems to be high. One of the lucky “Glass Explorers” who won the opportunity to pay $1500 to have his own Google Glass device, decided to put his up on Ebay to pay down his student loans. The bid was reportedly up to $95,300 before he took down the auction. It’s actually illegal to have such an auction. The terms of service when buying Google Glass state, “If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the Device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.” Google is trying to create excitement for their innovation, but they don’t want it being passed around just yet. The Explorer version is being tested by developers and early users. The Glass that ends up on the market at the end of the year, or in 2014, can be expected to be slightly different, with potential bugs worked out, and, hopefully, less than $1500.
Just last week, there was an announcement of the creation of an investment partnership called the Glass Collective. These venture fund capitalists are looking to offer funds to start-ups with the best application ideas for Google Glass.
Could wearable devices from Apple or Microsoft be far behind?