Google Glass – Yay or Nay?


To help you understand the answer to this question better, we’ve broken down information about these glasses into a very simple question and answer format.

What Are Google Glasses?

 

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They are basically spectacles which are computer controlled by voice and information is processed and brought in front of you as you go about your daily chores. They have movement sensors, 4G connectivity and their official term is the Glass.

What Do They Do? 

 

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Heard of smart phones? Well, these are smart-glasses. They make use of Google’s infinitely huge database of navigation, search, news, music, photos, social media etc and share all this information with the wearer of the glasses through a small screen which is situated at the corner of their field of vision.

Why Would I Want Them?

 

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Because the possibilities are endless. All you have to do is put in the glasses, and the rest will be done to you. You eat breakfast while your Glasses will update you about the world’s news and local weathers. You move out of your house and it will tell you which routes to avoid. And when you’re at your office, all you have to do is put people within the line of sight of your Google Glasses and you can automatically view their Google+ profiles and even add them! Do all this while listening to your favourite music, which will be interrupted only when you have to take calls or sponsored messages from advertisers.

It is very lightweight, weighing less than your average pair of sunglasses. You can also use this augmented-reality interface to highlight whatever objects or aspects of your life to share more detailed information about them. Its camera is of a 5 Megapixel resolution and is capable recording videos in 720p video.

And Why Should I Avoid Them?

 

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The most obvious reason would be privacy issues. Ultimately, the Glasses feed off your location, which is in turn given to Google, which means that basically, Google will know where you are and what it is that you’re looking at, all the time. And no matter how much Google insists otherwise, it will eventually start streaming sponsored and features ads which simply cannot be skipped over (remember YouTube?).

Technical aspects include its extremely low battery life, which barely lasts a day. Also, the battery stands out glaringly as a shape jutting out behind your right ear, in stark contrast to the sleek shapes of the Glass. Users have confirmed getting headaches when they wore the glasses, and more so because they had to focus only one eye on the visuals.