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Google Glass – An engineer gives us a peek


Google is more than just a search engine company. They are currently working on a lot of projects, but the projects which interests me the most is the self driving car project and Google Glass project. Self driving car basically focuses on developing the technology that can drive a car without human inputs. That’s an impressive aim, and they are having a lot of progress according to the latest videos online. Google Glass is another project that Google X Lab is currently working on. Basically, Project Glass aims to deliver smartphone like functionality to user’s eyes directly via an eyewear while interacting using natural language voice commands.

We had an update on the Google Glass project last month, and the update came from Babak Parviz, who spoke to Spectrum IEEE about the project. If you don’t know who he is, in 2010, Babak Parviz was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington when Google recruited him to work on wearable-computing technologies and lead its Google Glass project. He had confirmed that they were working really hard on making this project come to reality very soon, and he had also told that Google will be keeping up to its promise and they will be shipping the glasses to the registered developers in early 2013.
After that update, we did get a few updates on the project, and now we have the latest update. The new update may be perhaps be called as a hands on experience dictated by an engineer who got a chance to use the said product. It should be noted that Google is requiring an NDA form to be signed by those who are receiving the Google Glass they pre-ordered last year at Google I/O for $1500, but this update is coming from Soumya Mohan who got to try this amazing device at a tech talk in Stanford.

According to Mohan, the interface in its current shape is rather crude, only displaying a short “list menu with black background and words written in white”. Among the items in the menu, Mohan recalls “Click a picture”, “Shoot a video” and “Voice call”. The whole menu only included about 4-5 options, and Mohan was able to scroll through it by tilting his head.

Previously, Google had filed a patent application for something called bone conduction technology. The technology basically allows the user to hear audio from the device without a speaker, which means there will be better privacy as only the user can hear this. The technology will be very convenient for the user and the device according to the patent will be making use of at least one “vibration transducer”, and hence the user need not be in direct contact with the speaker. If this technology does make it to production version of Google Glass, the device can make use of ear hooks or nose pad as these are the parts that touch the body of the user.
Google Glass is an interesting product. Would you like to buy one for yourself when it makes to the stores?

Source: AA

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