Google Glass – Google Glass Capabilities
Google’s latest innovation, Google Glass, gives its spectators a preview of what to expect from the device when it finally lands the market. So far, the technology included features such as photography and video recording, Google applications, and voice command. Some critics find this quite limited for a device that promises to replace the functionality of mobile phones and tablet computers but others would argue that this technology has only begun and shortcomings here and there can be forgivable.
Photography and video recording – I actually find this function quite handy and, at the same time, creepy. Google Glass features a 5 MP camera. You can take pictures of a landscape while driving, and record once-in-a-lifetime moments hands-free or upon voice command, making the device hassle-free, plus you can work on it faster (talk about “capturing the moment”) without having to navigate to the camera application, unlike in your smartphone and tablets. However, if you were standing opposite a group of people and you’re trying to take their picture, you’ll seem like a robot, or an AI that’s programmed to take pictures with their “vision”. The creepy part is people can actually take pictures and videos of others without the them knowing, and without their consent.
On the plus side, the camera also allows you to chat and show live videos to your friends in real time. Others will be seeing things exactly how you’re seeing them, although the resolution can be a limitation, even when you are not in the same location.
Google applications are also made available for Glass users along with third party applications such as Evernote, Skitch, NY Times, and Path. Just recently Google has announced that app developers may start making applications for Glass through the Mirror API. I guess this somehow levels the game with tablets, although I doubt I can ever get the hang of playing “Temple Run” in Glass, if they ever develop the app for it.
The voice command function is quite handy. Since you can simply voice out commands to your device, performing functions become convenient and easy. You can practically make it do anything just by giving commands. You always start by saying “Ok, Glass” and proceed by saying what you want it to do, like “Ok, Glass, send a message to [name].” However, Google admits that there are places and occasions when this function may not be appropriate like in a library, public toilet, or while attending mass.
Google Glass also features WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, and 12 GB of available storage. No information regarding its display resolution has been disclosed yet.