Google Glass is the controversial wearable that had its sci-looking beta testers turning heads and being peppered with questions. Great example of augmented reality.
It’s a little easier for them to say “yes” to Glass now that it’s been upgraded with more memory and new apps. There’s a speedier 2GB of RAM on board instead of 1GB and 12 new apps including Shazam and Live Stream. The Google Glass app list is officially over the 50 apps threshold and the most recent update puts all Android notifications in the top right corner of your eye.
Google has continued to make the complicated ownership decision easier by adding more to its Explorer Edition heads-up display. In addition to the new 2GB version, an update late last year saw a tweaked form factor that made prescription glasses compatible with attachable frames.
Google has even been throwing in a free pair of frames or premium shades with all new orders since mid-April. Moreover, new apps and updates to the linear operating system that weren’t available at launch make the current Google Glass Explorer Edition a tempting buy.
Compatibility with the iPhone has improved thanks to the launch of an iOS MyGlass app and the ability to read text messages, but it stops short of tapping into Glass’ hands-free SMS response capabilities. Maps navigation also requires MyGlass to be open on the iPhone, not in the background. All of these features are missing for Windows, iPhone users entirely, though technically any Bluetooth phone can offer Glass tethered data with a personal hotspot enabled.
Purchase of Google glasses
It is unavailable in India as of now. It’s for sale to anyone living in the US and UK. Google threw Project Glass into open enrollment for 24 hours on April 15 and then permanently made it available a month later. Good things come to those who wait, too. All new Google Glass models come with free frames for prescription glasses or a free sunglasses shade attachment that typically costs $225 (£175, about AU$239).
Google glass feels like a feather on face. Even with the bulkiness of the battery and durable frame, Google Glass is extremely lightweight and comfortable resting on my face. It weights just 42 grams (1.48 oz) and because everything, including the screen, is just out of my line of sight I often forget I’m wearing it.
The Google Glass dimensions are 5.25-inches at its widest point and 8-inches at its longest point. It’s too long and wide to fit into my pocket, even though I’ve been able to carry a Nexus 7 tablet in my jeans’ back pocket with a little squeeze.