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What Are Google Glasses?

Introducing the Next Big Thing: Google Glasses, high-tech eyewear for the Digital Age. The glasses, which are still in development, will overlay graphics onto reality – basically putting a heads-up display right in front of your eyes.


Google has not announced a price point or release date for the gadget, but insiders have hinted the glasses may be available to consumers by the end of the year. 

How They Work
Google Glasses could potentially be an iPhone killer. How? Well, like your iPhone, they would provide access to encyclopedias of information, but using something called augmented reality, the glasses would basically overlay information and graphics as you’re walking through the real world. Want to get directions to the coffee shop? The glasses would put “virtual signposts” (that only you can see) in your field of view, in order to navigate the way.


This view – from behind the glasses – provides an idea of what type of augmented-reality features might look like. Information about specific locations is available at a glance.

Got a dinner appointment with a friend? The glasses will display a notification right in front of your eyes. The possibilities (and ease of use) have the potential to make the smartphone – dare we say it – obsolete. Just imagine a digital landscape laid out in front of you that serves up restaurant reviews (while you’re standing in front of the restaurant), reservation times and a menu – all virtually.

A Day in the Life of “Project Glass”
Once put into use, Google Glasses will be wirelessly connected to the Internet and feature the functionality of a smartphone. The wearer would be able to control that functionality via voice commands, as well as camera functions for capturing still images and video clips.


The technology may still be a year or so off, but just to be discussing the potential instantly causes our minds think of sci-fi classics that predicted a heads-up displays, like “The Terminator.”

Google created a video based on “Project Glass” (Google’s name for the Google Glasses project) to show how the glasses would work during a typical day of errands in and around New York. In the video, we see the world in first-person view and what users would see. For example, while pouring a cup of coffee, the guy in the video happens to glance upward and the display shows a tiny clock, a notation about the temperature outside and a personal memo about visiting a friend, as scheduled for that night.

Take a look:

However, Google Glasses is an idea that may take some getting used to. Internet pranksters are already posting videos that mock the futuristic headgear, including a Google Glasses World of Warcraft parody.

Then again, there was another gizmo a few years back that once might have seemed like nothing more than the product of a slightly nerdy fantasy, and it caught on pretty well. It was called the smartphone.

As far as production of the actual glasses, it’s unknown if Google will license the technology to a hardware producer, but it’s possible they could also partner with a glasses manufacturer like Ray-Ban, Maui Jim or Oakley. The glasses are expected to be fashionable as well as practical.

Powered by Android
When Google Glasses eventually appear on the market, they will harness the processing power of Google’s Android. The Android OS is one of the most successful platforms today and the fastest growing mobile operating system in the world.


Google founder Sergey Brin was recently spotted in public wearing a stylish pair of Google Glasses. 

If you’re looking to get firsthand experience developing apps for Google Android, why not go to an Android App Development summer camp? You could learn to make games and apps that someday might even be playable on those cool Google Glasses.

What do you think of Google’s Glasses? Would you wear them?

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How You’re Using Your Cell Phone

What do you use your cell phone for? The Pew Internet Research Project knows. It’s a top think-tank that studies a wide range of social trends; one of its latest reports shines a very interesting light on how Americans are using their cell phones.


Talking, of course, is still the main reason people use their cell phones.

The Pew survey revealed lots of intriguing data, including that some 51 percent of cell-phone users had used their phone to search for information during the last month. Some other key findings from the Pew survey are:

  • Approximately 35 percent of all Americans own a smartphone of some kind.
  • Text messaging and taking pictures seem to be the most popular activities for cell-phone users (aside from speaking on the phone, of course). An estimated 92 percent of smartphone users took part in both of these activities, while 59 percent of all other cell-phone users used their phone for the same activities.
  • 84 percent of survey respondents, not surprisingly used their phones to browse the internet.
  • Seventy percent of 18-29 year-olds had used their phones to “help fight boredom,” while forty-two percent of all respondents had admitted to the same thing.
  • Fifty-nine percent of all survey participants had used their cell phone to access social media sites, with another fifteen percent of respondents using their phone to check Twitter.

 

In one of the study’s more humorous findings, the Pew survey revealed that as many as 13 percent of all survey participants admitted to pretending to take a cell phone call…so that they could avoid actual face-to-face contact with someone.

The Pew Internet Research Project survey on cell-phone usage is just another indicator of how electronic communications (specifically cell phones) have entrenched themselves in our lives. We’re not only playing games and using apps on our phones, we’re developing apps for Android and iPhone. The telecommunications industry continues to grow with more and more consumers jumping on-board, some even ditching traditional land lines altogether in favor of – you guessed it - a cell phone.

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