Lately, Google Glass has been all the rage and everybody can’t wait to get their hands on a pair!
Google Glass is an attempt to move the interactions we’ve grown accustom to with our desktops and portable devices, such as phones and tablets, and place it right in front of your eyes. Essentially, it will be a camera, display, touchpad and microphone built into a pair of glasses, so that you can take pictures, film or even stream live videos on the go. According to Google the display is "the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away".
The new augmented reality device was unveiled back in early 2012, and according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, “it’s probably a year-ish away.” In the meantime, thousands of developers will be testing out Glass in the next few months, whilst Google monitors feedback from them and makes changes before releasing a consumer model.
While the device has many users excited over its futuristic abilities, it has also stirred up a great deal of controversy. Lately there has been a lot of talk about privacy concerns related to Google Glass in the office setting and other everyday environments, and in fact just last month, a bar in Seattle announced that it banned Google Glass. However, a spokesperson for Google assured the public that “It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time.”