It's only Spring but the hype is already building for Google’s big end of the year release. Google Glass is a wearable computer that rests on the wearers face like a pair of glasses, holding a small display in the top corner of the eye line. It is dividing opinion, despite not appearing to the public for at least another 7 months; the mere concept is what puts people off. Love it or loathe it, everybody is eager to get a glimpse of what users can expect from the controversial device.
Google have uploaded a 'how-to' guide giving us an idea of how the headset will be operated and some of the unique Glass features. Certain features will be voice controllable, however, this latest video focuses on the touchpad located on the side of the glasses. Using taps and swipes, taking photographs and sharing with friends is almost instant. The video also shows the home screen whereby future or current events, such as appointments or the weather, are listed as 'cards' to the left. Past events like photos and messages are to the right. The emphasis is on simplicity, but you can bet it will be much more than a glorified event planner.
Over the past week, images from various Google employees have been posted to Twitter with the hashtag #ThroughGlass indicating a possible Twitter app developed for Google Glass. The Guardian compiled some of the photographs and we can see a first person view of the inside of someone’s car and some pretty uninspiring shots from the office. Whilst not exactly dramatic, we’re starting to see how the glasses will be used in everyday life. By integrating social media it will also be interesting to see if the likes of Facebook and Twitter adapt to cater for Glass. Either way, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more pictures of other peoples’ food!
The Register highlighted the good and the bad points about Google’s laid back approach to protecting Glass. Creators claim that they left the device unlocked on purpose, allowing developers to make innovative and exciting software for the device easily. This could be a good move, depending on what developers come up with. One genius app could attract massive sales.
On the other hand there is a risk that malicious software will be devised. When installed on Glass it could bring a scary new meaning to the term Spyware:
An attacker who has installed spyware on your Glass headset could potentially watch you entering door codes, take pictures of your keys, record your PIN as you enter it into a bank teller machine, and intercept everything you type on computer keyboards, including passwords.
When Google Glass finally hits the shelves it will certainly split the population; those that refuse to live with it and those that refuse to live without. Some establishments have preemptively banned Glass from their premises, and Twitter users immediately jumped on the #ThroughGlass hashtag to grumble about the “banality” of the photo feature. But those who have been personally given one of the devices by Google have rushed to enthuse about the headgear. Imagine the furore it will cause when it actually goes on sale!
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