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Very shortly, Google’s much hyped innovation, Google Glass, will make its commercial debut. The big question is whether it will be the game-changer that the company is banking on. Google has spent a huge amount of money, time and manpower to perfect the product before its official launch. There is a Google Glass Explorer version available for quite a hefty sum (close to R1 lakh) for those willing to try the concept, but the commercial version will be cheaper, according to company sources. So what exactly is the fuss all about? Google Glass is an attempt to free data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and place it right in front of your eyes, much like the head-up display in jet fighters and some high-end cars. Essentially, Google Glass is a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames, so that you get a display in your field of vision, which allows you to film a video, take pictures, search and translate on the go. It does not make calls, but it does pretty much everything else you would want.
It has voice recognition, so you merely say “take a picture” to take a picture, record what you see on video, even share what you see, live. And all this is hands-free. You can walk down a street and use Google Map to get directions to your destination, including the distance and time to reach. You can also speak to send a message and scroll through and reply to messages—all on the go. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can communicate with the Internet via voice commands. A touchpad located on the side of Google Glass allows users to control the device by swiping through an interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, messages.
It may sound like gadgets we have seen in science-fiction movies, but whether it works for most people is still to be seen. For one, you will be walking around wearing a sci-fi gadget, which does not look like an ordinary pair of spectacles. What’s equally disconcerting, till it catches on, is that you will be talking to the gadget while on the move. Google Glass uses display technology to put data to the upper right of your vision courtesy