Google Glass is a new way of viewing the world. From a pragmatic point of view, Glass is a wearable computer with a small prism display located above one’s right eye. This display (as you peer through it, then gives the appearance of a projected screen about the size of a 20″ monitor floating in-front of you. Glass contains a GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor and much more. It’s basically your latest version of a Smart Phone – strapped to your head.
The “OK Glass” command is how you activate and navigate certain features. When I tried this myself I was surprised how easily it worked. It’s a clever workaround to a very common problem in speech recognition, i.e. reduce what has to be recognized by the computer (in this case the wearable device) and accuracy instantly goes up…because the computer know what you’re about to say. It’s like when the first cell phones came out and we had to learn to navigate with the included menu system. This is the same, albeit with voice. There is also a “tap sensor” on the side of the frame which also helps you navigate through the menu system.
WHAT GLASS DOES
On the official Glass website some of the key features of Glass are identified as follows:
- Say “take a picture” to take a picture.
- Record what you see. Hands-free.
- Even share what you see. Live.
- Directions right in front of you.
- Speak to send a message.
- Ask whatever’s on your mind.
- Translate your voice.
- Strong and light.
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