As with any new product launch, there have been leaks about what new capabilities the Google Glass will bring with it. Being the first of its kind, the mind boggles at what our future might look like, and if all goes well, we won’t be able to live without it.
To understand Google Glass, you need to understand the user interface of ‘cards.’ Cards are essentially chunks of data that exist within a timeline. By swiping or tapping the right side of your Google Glass you can cycle through the different cards to find what you want. These cards can remain within the timeline or can be ‘pinned’ so that they remain accessible and at the forefront of the timeline. Cards can be shared with other users. Google Glass is activated by voice commands such as “Ok, Glass,” which wakes it up; you can then go on to direct it to “take a picture” or “make a call.” The app will be called Glassware, and it comes with an Android-only app called MyGlass, which allows you to send SMS and GPS messages, amongst other things.
Here’s how it feels to “view” things through Google Glass:
Reports are that the battery is very decent, lasting a day on moderate usage. However, video obviously drains it faster. BullGuard is excited to announce that Google Glass will come in 5 different colours: Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton and Sky. It will also come with clip on sunglasses – perhaps we can expect partnerships with Ray-Ban moving forward!
So what does all of this tell us? Google, rightly so, is taking a conservative launch approach to this new product. In fact, there are currently 10 000 initial users that have been selected to experiment with the device prior to the full launch. This subtle approach will definitely help them work out kinks before they launch to the masses, and this mindset is carried over to their App store as well. Don’t expect to see a multitude of apps that you can choose from – these will be limited to a few that bring with them important, powerful features.
Once released, will you be one of the first to get one? What color will you get?