Google Glass: 10 Features That Will Determine the Device's Worth

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-03-14
 
 
 

Google Glass' Proper Fit

They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And when it comes to Google Glass, that's certainly true. The technology is made to fit onto the person's face like glasses, but there's only one lens. Some have said the glasses look nice, while others balk at such a claim. The big question, though, is how will it work with standard glasses, including corrective lenses?

Google Glass' Proper Fit

A Clock Sitting on Your Nose Looking You in the Eye

Sure, it's easy to look down and check the time, but with help from Google Glass, users can simply find out what time it is by looking through the lens. That's just one of the many features that will find their way to Google's technology.

A Clock Sitting on Your Nose Looking You in the Eye

Capture the Better Moments

Google Glass might just be the Swiss Army Knife of technology. In addition to telling the time, users can tell the glasses—yes, as in speaking to the device—that it's time to take a picture. The built-in camera will then snap a photo and save it for later viewing.

Capture the Better Moments

Bring On the Video

If Google Glass can snap photos, it only makes sense that the technology will also work with video. Users can capture video through the lens and get an interesting point-of-view look at what they were seeing at the moment.

Bring On the Video

Sharing the Moments With the World

Let's say that the Google Glass user has a family member who couldn't be at a special event. In the past, the only way for that person to actually find out about the event was through pictures and video. But with Google Glass, full streaming capability is possible, meaning someone can watch an event from afar as if they were right there.

Sharing the Moments With the World

Bring On the Google Maps

It should only make sense that Google, a leader in mapping technology, would integrate that into Google Glass. By turning on the mapping functionality with the glasses, users will get directions, find out where they are and get a sense of what direction they're facing. Like all the other features, it's all being shown through the Google Glass lens.

Bring On the Google Maps

What Was That You Said?

Since most of the Google Glass functionality is made possible through audio cues, Google decided to build audio recording into the device. In other words, people can either record what's being said around them or record what they're saying and listen to it later on. That should make for rather interesting conversations.

What Was That You Said?

Location-Aware Information at Your Eyelash Tips

One of the more interesting things about Google Glass is that it can deliver information to users about where they are, regardless of their locations. As Google itself points out, folks traveling on the Brooklyn Bridge can ask their glasses how long it is and after a quick search, it'll display the results.

Location-Aware Information at Your Eyelash Tips

Showing Its Value in Travel

Folks at an airport might like to know when their plane is leaving and at what time. Google Glass can help. In fact, the search giant illustrates how the glasses can provide up-to-date information as the user walks through the airport.

Showing Its Value in Travel

Ask and You Shall Receive

Google Glass is designed to be a little search engine on your nose. So users can quickly ask the glasses for information on a given topic, and it'll deliver it. That could become an important component in Google's ability to monetize the glasses. If the search results are relevant and people search through the glasses, new advertising initiatives arise with this new type of mobile search.

Ask and You Shall Receive

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