Google Glass – A Revolution in Computing
Posted: April 25, 2013 by Alex Chan
It seems that the idea of wearable computers is just around the corner. Google announced that Google Glass will probably hit the markets in a year from now.
Google Glass is part of Google's famous Project Glass that began a few years ago. Ever since Thad Starner introduced the idea of wearable computers back at MIT in 1993, he caught the attention of Larry Page and Sergey Brin who immediately took Starner and made him the Technical Lead/Manager for the Google Glass project.
The idea of creating a wearable computer may sound pretty useless, but the increase in smart phone sales proves otherwise. Google Glass is a hands-free smartphone. The Google Glass device operates on voice command. The entire project about the device is developed in the Google X Lab, where other similar futuristic projects have and are being developed by Google engineers and scientists.
In 2012, Google introduced the idea of Google Glass at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. Nearly 2,000 regular people and developers signed up to receive the first edition of Google Glass – Explorer Edition. Most of those developers will receive their edition of Google Glass this year in order to test its performance and functions properly. Other developers can start creating applications for Google Glass as the API has been release this April. It is expected that developers will follow Google's guidelines when creating the applications like interacting with the menu, getting notifications, and so on. According to Google, it will not ship all 2,000 devices at once, but will do so periodically.
So far, the release of Google Glass is expecting to be in the middle of 2013. The Explorer Edition will not be available for those users that wear subscription glasses but Google has announced that it is planning to work with frames and lenses that will latter match the users' requirements. Google has also speculated that it is planning to join Ray-Ban or Warby Parker and put the devices in stores so people can try them on.