Based on several news sources, Google’s Project Glass has now confirmed the existence of the Google Glass Voice Command, which will allow users of the Glass to command the device to do a variety of functions that include, among others, sending a message, recording a video, taking a photo, launching an application, browsing the Internet and even searching for directions.
According to CNET, by merely saying the phrase “Ok Glass,” the device will launch a list of featured commands that you can choose from. As soon as the phrase is spoken to the Glass, you can immediately select a command you like the device to do. This allows the user to basically navigate the device without so much as touching a single button.
The voice command feature is not an unknown innovation in many devices today. In fact, smartphone companies have utilized such feature to the extreme. I’m sure you have heard about Apple’s SiRi. This works exactly like that, so there will surely be a lot of interest in the efficiency of the Google Glass Voice Command, like what happened with SiRi and the S Voice.
But although Google takes a lot of pride in the way it designed the voice command feature, there is still a lot of criticism in the efficiency and the responsiveness of the said feature. Tech critics have been questioning not only the responsiveness of the voice feature command, but they also raised questions about how the Glass’ user will navigate a web page once the voice command has opened it.
Sure, the voice command started churning out the websites you are looking for, but how do you scroll down the screen? Can a voice command do it as well? These are just some of the questions that Google would have to face in the coming years until the voice command gets integrated into the everyday lives of users.
To prove a point, Google even launched a “How It Feels” video which shows how the Glass works from the viewpoint of the user. Since the Glass is obviously a headset, viewers of the video can get a “feel” of how the Glass works in certain situations. However, even in the video, you will notice that there is a two-second delay between the user’s command to take a photo and when the actual photo was captured.
This delay might create a negative impression about the voice command. Surely, you want a picture taken exactly the same time you said “Ok Glass, take a picture.” That would be the same problem when you are driving and you suddenly need a different direction because of a traffic jam, for example. A two-second (or even more) delay in searching for new directions might cause you to turn on the wrong road.
As Google gears up to formally introduce Glass to the public next year, the company should also prepare for the various challenges that will come its way in the process of finalizing and completing the Google Glass Voice Command, which is expected to be the user’s main form of interaction with the device.
You can check out the video below: