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Google Glass 101

Posted on  May 10, 2013

It’s been in the headlines, on the news and has dominated the internet—Google Glass is popping up everywhere. You’ve more than likely seen it, but still don’t exactly know the ins and outs of Google’s new wearable technology device.


CNET, the premier website for tech product reviews, tackled some of the most-often-asked questions about Google Glass:


What is Google Glass? Google Glass, or Glass, is a wearable technology device, looking much like a pair of rimless eyeglasses, which acts as an extension of your smartphone screen to perform a set of simple tasks. Even though it has similar features, we must note that Glass is not a computer or a cell phone.


Glass comes with a power button, a speaker, an indicator light, a Micro-USB charging port and a five-megapixel camera. With an internal storage of 16GB, users have access to about 12GB-12.5GB of the total. A small “screen,” or the glass of Google Glass sits between your eyebrow and upper lid, not in front of your eye like a regular pair of eyeglasses. CNET says, “You glance up and to the right to read the active display area,” which will display things such as search results, texts, etc.


Currently, Android smartphones will give you the full range of Google Glass features. Glass will work with the iPhone, but its capabilities are more limited. Google hasn’t confirmed compatibility with other smartphone operating systems.


Users can control Google Glass by two ways: the first is by voice recognition, which you trigger by saying, “OK, Glass.” The second is with manual controls. Glass’s touch pad, located in the right arm near your temple, works together with its voice controls. You can tap, swipe forward and backward or scroll.


What does Google Glass do? What can’t it do? Voice search; initiates turn-by-turn driving, waking or cycling directions; captures and shares photos and videos through Google’s social network, Google+; accepts phone calls; sends text messages; delivers search results; and hooks into third party apps.


Who is Google Glass for? According to CNET, Google Glass is currently intended for developers who have purchased the product for $1,500. However, down the road they see third-party companies, like those that manufacture sunglasses and prescription frames, to support Glass optics and technology.


You probably want one now, right? CNET notes that Google Glass isn’t a finished, commercial product. You won’t find it on Amazon or in your local electronics store. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait until the first pair becomes commercially available in 2014.


To see pictures and learn even more about everything that is Google Glass, check out CNET’s full article (address below) or Google Glass’ official page at



“Everything you need to know about Google Glass (FAQ)” by Jessica Dolcourt

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