Google Glass

By | April 21, 2014

The Google Glass is an example of emerging technologies which can transform the human life and increase the standards of living. The Glass has been a great help in the industrial area rather than to individuals. Its applications are being extended to manufacturing, healthcare and other industries.

Touchpad: A touchpad is located on the side of Google Glass, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle updates, etc.

google glass touchpad

A man controls Google Glass using the touchpad built into the side of the device

Camera: Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While the video is recording, the screen stays on while it is doing so.

Google Glass camera

The dark hole in extreme left is the camera

Display: The Explorer version of Google Glass uses a Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), field-sequential color, LED illuminated display. The display’s LED illumination is first P-polarized and then shines through the in-coupling polarizing beam splitter (PBS) to the LCoS panel. The panel reflects the light and alters it to S-polarization at active pixel sites. The in-coupling PBS then reflects the S-polarized areas of light at 45° through the out-coupling beam splitter to a collimating reflector at the other end. Finally, the out-coupling beam splitter (which is a partially reflecting mirror, not a polarizing beam splitter) reflects the collimated light another 45° and into the wearer’s eye.

How Google Glass works

Parts of Google glass

Google Glass features

  • Android 4.0.4 and higher
  • 640×360 Himax helloHX7309 LCoS display
  • 5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • 16GB storage (12 GB available)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
  • 682MB RAM 
  • 3 axis gyroscope 
  • 3 axis accelerometer 
  • 3 axis magnetometer (compass)
  • Ambient light sensing and proximity sensor 


Other news about Google Glass

  • Google Glass applications are the free applications built by third-party developers. Glass also uses many existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+, and Gmail.
  • Many developers and companies have built applications for Glass, including news apps, facial recognition, exercise, photo manipulation, translation, and sharing to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Version XE8 made a debut for Google Glass on August 12, 2013. It brings an integrated video player with playback controls, the ability to post an update to Path, and lets users save notes to Evernote. Several other minute improvements include volume controls, improved voice recognition, and several new Google Now cards.
  • It is being used in many medical operations. Dr. Phil Haslam and Dr. Sebastian Mafeld demonstrated the first concepts for Google Glass in the field of interventional radiology. They demonstrated the manner in which the concept of Google Glass could assist a liver biopsy and fistulaplasty, and the pair stated that Google Glass has the potential to improve patient safety, operator comfort, and procedure efficiency in the field of interventional radiology.

Recently, the enterprise edition of the glass has been launched which mainly concentrates on the industrial use. It has been a great help in the manufacturing field and helps in achieving almost 100% accuracy rate. Its uses are being extended in the healthcare as well to perform major operations.  

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