San Francisco (AP) – So far, only a few hundred software developers and computer experts carry the futuristic Google Privacy Glass glasses on his nose. But in the area of ??the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco you can guess how the future might look like glass with Google currently.
quasi every proud owner of a cyber goggles on this planet had gathered this week for developers conference Google I / O, to show off the 1,500-dollar prototype with a permanent smile on the face of the public.
a short test it quickly, which may account for the fascination of Glass: Still just as the smartphone is the carrier of a Google Glass knowledge from the network constantly available, without having to pull it out of his pocket a smartphone . So far, the glasses can indeed only emails read and write, take photos and short videos provide navigation instructions and perform a Google search. But at the developer conference featured media companies, networks like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, as well as Evernote app developers their concepts that will extend the functionality of Glass.
want, for example, the “New York Times”, and CNN Hide users of Glass “Breaking News”. The user can determine which areas he is interested in and, for example, restrict the flow of messages on some major sports results before. About the digital memory Evernote notes, for example, one could prepare a shopping list on the computer and send it to glass, so you then have the things in the supermarket for shopping in the truest sense of the word in mind.
Although the glasses with the built-in battery and radio modem looks bulky, feels subjectively very easily. The plastic prism which projects the contents into the eye, does not sit directly in front of the eye, but the height of the eyebrows. The contents on the display appear amazingly sharp – no comparison to the muddy acting test image of the very first prototype, the Google co-founder Sergey Brin, a year ago, few technology reporters continued to try on the nose. Despite the low for today’s standards resolution of 640 by 360 pixels, the perception like a display with a screen diagonal of 63 centimeters should be, that you look at from about 2.50 meters.
The operation of glasses, however, is still getting used to. With a nod to the neck Google Glass is awakened from sleep. The temple can be activated with a push of a button, the photo function of the camera and navigate with swiping a finger on the hanger through the simple menu structure. Certain information such as weather forecasts or navigation instructions to the user whispered in his ear -. Specifically, transmitted through the skull bone
To save power, but Glass sets then quickly back to sleep. The nightmare of some privacy advocates, now spy on the future of Google cyborgs controlled around the clock their environment with endless video recordings, currently can not become a reality due to the limited battery life. Glass can also have record short videos of only a few seconds. Influential U.S. MPs want but know of Google in a letter that the consolidated plan the use of facial recognition software, and how people’s privacy to a glass-wearer should be protected.
The technical shortcomings of Glass Google will soon be overcome, most developers at the Google I / O were certain. They could be even moderately impressed by the concerns that privacy advocates in the U.S., the UK and also in Germany had expressed in connection with Google Glass. “Victim” of undesirable photographic and video recordings are currently mainly the owner of a cyber glasses, unasked photographed in the rule of curious smartphone users on the street or in the subway and were filmed, it was said at the conference.
The developers want in any case not to spoil the gold rush atmosphere that has erupted not only in Silicon Valley. Nobody wants the ‘next big thing’ miss – Glass and Google could “the next big thing” to be
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published on 17.05.2013 at 10:17 clock