Google Glass is awearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development> project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in asmartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device.
Although head-worn displays for augmented reality are not a new idea, the project has drawn media attention primarily due to its backing by Google, as well as the prototype design, which is smaller and slimmer than previous designs for head-mounted displays. The first Glass demo resembles a pair of normal eyeglasses where the lens is replaced by a head-up display. Around August 2011, a Glass prototype weighed 8 pounds (3,600 g); the device is now lighter than the average pair of sunglasses. In the future, new designs may allow integration of the display into people’s normal eyewear.
Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While video is recording, the screen stays on.
A man controls Google Glass using the touchpad built into the side of the device
A touchpad is located on the side of Google Glass, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle updates, etc.
For the developer Explorer units:
Android 4.0.4 and higher
5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
16GB storage (12 GB available)
Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
682MB RAM “proc”.
3 axis gyroscope
3 axis accelerometer
3 axis magnetometer (compass)
Ambient light sensing and proximity sensor
Bone conduction transducer