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Google's Small Glass of Possibilities

By Chong Jinn Wei - on 21 May 2013, 5:57pm

The Google Glass, what is it? Is it a revolutionary device? Is it a new 007 spy tool? Or is it a fancy pair of over-priced shades? The Google Glass is a wearable device that utilizes an Android OS with a head-mounted display (HMD). During the recent Google I/O 2013, Timothy Jordan, Senior Development Advocate, Google, explained the various possible uses of the Google Glass. Though only a relative handful of testers and developers have gotten their hands on the futuristic gadget, Google's original mission was to produce it as an ubiquitous computer for the mass-market, meaning that eventually it should be priced at a relatively affordable price in the future.

Google Glass should be used at short bursts.

Timothy mentioned that the Glass and its software were designed for short burst usage, such as snapping a picture or perhaps opening a map to find out where you are. A computer the Glass is not, it is akin to a smartphone and a relatively less powerful one at that. Presently the current applications available to users are based on Google's Mirror API, which connects to Google's servers to send data back and forth. This means that the Glass doesn't run applications directly from its storage, but is streamed from Google's servers.

Because of the limitations of the Glass, namely: a low resolution of 640 x 360, a partially transparent screen and the use of a simple touchpad, users will probably not want to use the Glass for long durations of time. This means that apps that will eventually be developed for the Glass will need to be used in short bursts. In all senses, it seems that the Glass is very much a device that will not replace your computer, tablet and even your smartphone. It will however be used to quickly access the information you access daily, such as your e-mails.

Chong Jinn Wei

Chong Jinn Wei / Freelance Writer

A person who is torn between the digital realm and the material realm. Loves videogames, manga and especially Gundams though I am currently trying stay a float in the vast ocean that is the Internet.