Google Glass: Features and Faults
The newest tech gadget that’s all the rage among technology fanatics is the Google Glass. This device consists of a high tech gadget that can be mounted on the face to carry out the functions typically done with the use of a tablet or cell phone. While the Google Glass has been arousing a great deal of interest and is certainly an intriguing novelty, whether it will catch on as an everyday tech device in the same way the smartphone has remains to be seen.
The Capabilities of Google’s newest product
In fact, those exploring Google glass capabilities for the first time are likely to be disappointed with the rather rudimentary possibilities of the budding technology. In the end, the Google glass is really not capable of doing anything that a cell phone can’t do. The only different is it can be mounted on the face and that it sports an interesting transparent screen that creates an image in the upper right hand corner of the user’s vision field.
Like most recently manufactured smartphones and like Google’s search engine, the Google Glass is capable of voice recognition. Actually, voice recognition is the major tool that Google Glass users can utilize to control the device. Yet in terms of new developments there is not a whole lot in the Google Glass other than mounting the device on glasses frames. Google Glass allows for hands free calling, browsing, messaging, and more, but only in situations where it is appropriate for the wear to speak out loud.
The Explorer Program
Despite the device’s capabilities, many bugs remain in the Google Glass programming and functioning that has made it so the Google is still limiting the ability of the device to select individuals who have been chosen for the “Explorer” program. Select individuals may be sent an invitation to buy the device by Google for the pricey sum of $1,500. Participants of the program are able to send their responses and feedback regarding the positives and negatives of the Google Glass and suggest how its design, programming, coding, or functioning could be improved,
Convenience of the Device’s Design
It’s true that being able to mount the Google Glass on one’s face allows for some convenience. Those who have tried it all tend to agree that it works perfectly for giving directions, as it allows one to find the way without having to pick up a cellular device. Of course, the voice recognition does not always work perfectly in Google Glass and could use some improvements, and other complaints have been noted about the short battery life and the fact that the device tends to heat up when the user makes many demands on it. It is also difficult for those with prescription lenses to be able to wear the device along with their glasses.