Google Glass

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Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace. What was latest a year ago is now obsolete and the revolutionary innovations to come really don't seem all that far off. Touch phone’s and Tablets brought touch interactivity to the ample, but now wearable, voice-activated technology is approaching the limits of what we can do with a machine, both in terms of size and computing power. If you are still not familiar with Google Glass, prepare yourself to re-evaluate what you think a computer is and prepare to be startled by the latest innovation.

What is Google Glass?

Google Glass is a machine that you can wear like spectacles. Like a smart phone or tablet, it can hook you up to just about anything. However, unlike IOS or Android technology, Google Glass presents hands-free, voice-activated interactivity. If you're concerned by constantly looking down at their mobile devices or if you've found yourself wanting to use your mobile device but require looking somewhere else, Google Glass has a solution for this problem by putting a computer display exactly in front of your eye. It sounds unbelievably innovative and not viable, but it's true with Google Glass, your screen is wherever you look, permitting users to interact with their computer and the world around them at the same time.

What kinds of things can be done with this computer technology?

With the trouble-free audio signal of, "OK Glass" followed by a fundamental command, you can effectively have Google Glass do whatever thing you would have your smart phone or tablet do. You can transmit messages, you can also request Glass to click a photo or capture a video, video chat (with users of Google account), convert your voice and much more. The technology is still quite new, so it's a safe stake to say that as more customers and techies get their hands on it, more features will be developed.

Is this the future of computers and technology?

It's always tough to forecast the future. However, we can say that there will be a market for wearable machines like Google Glass in the upcoming years. It solves the problem of every individual looking down and interacting with a smart phone or tablet, eye contact has become limited in recent years because of our addiction on our devices. Using an appliance like Google Glass allows normal interaction with other people around us. Also, wearable technology like Glass is portable and user friendly, which seems to be the trend in how our devices are getting better, thinner and portable. Whenever people have versioned the future of computers, they have imagined a voice-controlled machine responding to our guidelines. That's exactly what Google Glass does, the user instructs it and it responds consequently. It's not a robot companion, but the voice activation feels like an ordinary development of technology like Apple's Siri for iOS. For these reasons and more, it's a high-quality bet, more and more people will be using wearable computer devices like Google Glass in near future.

Is this technology available to the average person?

Well, yes and no, at present, in order to get your hands on Google Glass, you have to give a good reason to the company why you are valuable. It is called the “Glass Explorers” program, Google's purpose is to get their product, which is still technically in a beta version, into the hands of community who will use it in resourceful and creative manner. So far, Glass has been offered to teachers, athletes, scientists etc. Recently, Google has extended some additional invitations to more people, but it's not available for free. The current price is around $1500 - certainly realistic for a powerful machine, but still luxurious and definitely more than the average smart phone or tablet. It is predictable that within the next few years, Google Glass will become more reasonable, allowing more people to own the device.

Technology like Google Glass is extraordinary and it is becoming closer to our early day dreams of future. Google has updated their prototype and now the Glass has become more versatile it is available in a number of colors and with quick adjustments, it can work with sunglasses and spectacles. The device's robustness has also been improved unlike a pair of sun glasses, Google Glass does not break or go out of shape easily. If you get an opportunity to try on Google Glass for yourself, take it, you'll be stunned at how much you can do with a device that is almost completely hands-free.

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R P Singh, an alumni of London Business School (LBS), is chief Executive Officer, Seasia Infotech, one of the world’s most diversified software companies. R P’s leadership, technology insight and operational expertise, have strengthened Seasia’s culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach. He manages the company’s day-to-day global operations, product research and development, marketing and corporate development. Previously, he held key product research and development positions within the company.

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