The power of the internet has been demonstrated by the number of mobile devices that we carry with us from laptops to tablets and smartphones. However, Google has created a response to the limitations of smartphone screens by developing wearable technology known as Google Glass. Instead of having to look down and use your hands to manipulate a smartphone, Google Glass is a headset that projects a display on an eyeglass that provides you with access to the internet as well as a camera.
Google Glass has certainly caused a sensation in terms of the exciting possibilities of wearable technology, but also in the limitations and potential annoyances in terms of privacy as well. Does Google Glass live up to its promise and deliver the results that people want? Let’s take a look at the advantages that this products offers the public.
The Benefits of Google Glass
There are numerous benefits that this product provides, especially considering the size and application. For those who are looking at the latest in terms of wearable technology, Google Glass is certainly on the forefront.
Set Up: Overall, this is arguably one of the easiest pieces of technology of its type to activate. Simply install the MyGlass application on your phone, wait for the QR code to appear in front of your face and your account is now ready to go.
Clean Design: One big positive is that the overall design of Google Glass is simple, clean and very lightweight. The outer cases in crafted in titanium and the look is that of ordinary eye glasses with the subtle application of the hardware on one side that projects images onto the glass itself. The battery is well hidden and the overall look is one that is actually pleasing to the eye.
Wireless or Bluetooth: The versatility in the connection sources helps make this particular unit more versatile and independent as well.
The Drawbacks of Google Glass
While there are benefits, there are also drawbacks as well. Google Glass is almost a prototype of wearable technology which means that there are issues it still has which may be somewhat annoying.
Even Sitting: Because the glasses are weighted to one side, it does not take long for them to become uneven and start leaning one way very quickly. In fact, Google Glass does not last very long at an even state and will require continual fiddling to correct.
Limited Capacity: With 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of total storage, Google Glass is somewhat limited in what it can provide. Lengthy videos and other large files will be slower to load and will fidget somewhat when playing depending on the connectivity.
Less Detail: Despite the closeness of the display, the 640 x 480 display is of far less quality than most smartphones. This also includes the colors as well which are not quite as sharp or brilliant as they should be.
Overall, the effectiveness of Google Glass will ride in large part on how much you want to get out of this wearable technology. For everyday use where screen quality is not an issue, then it should work out fine. However, this product is still steps behind smartphones in terms of overall presentation and quality.