Just months ago, Google opened up the purchase of Glass to the public, but for the insane price of $1,500. Of course, the units are meant for developers only, but one might question when the prototype will hit its final stage and get released to the mass market for an affordable price.
According to a recent report by Reuters, the allure of Glass is starting to wear off — a miserable, miserable sign for Google, especially since the public hasn’t even gotten its hands on a finished product.
Every so often we hear about a new doctor or hospital integrating Google Glass into their routine to help patients, and today we have a hospital in Texas using Google’s smart glass technology to speed up treatment of stroke victims.
A patent, filed April 2013 and published Thursday, was granted to Google relating to its Google Glass. The patent portrayed a Google Glass headset with a projector built into the headset.
It was only a matter of time, but Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have finally instituted a “zero-tolerance” policy to ban all wearables, including Google Glass. Staff at theaters will apparently not call the police unless there is reason to believe the user is attempting to pirate a movie. Still, ushers are urged to kick out anyone wearing recording-capable wearables during showings.
You’re walking down the street, anxiously awaiting a text from your friend. What do you do? Keep checking your phone? Egads! This isn’t 2008; we need something more convenient.
Although we all know that Google Glas has its own microphone for picking up the user’s words, that mic is severely limited by distance. Someone sitting far away can’t speak and have Google Glass pick it up.
According to a recent study conducted by the University of Central Florida, using Google Glass to text whilst driving is just as distracting as responding to a message wielding your touchscreen-enabled smartphone.
The Moto 360 is not the only new product that became available in the Play Store starting today. Google has put its own Glass Explorer Edition up for sale in the United States. The Charcoal, Tangerine, Cotton, Shale, and Sky color options are all available and Google is allowing customers to pick up a frame or shade at no extra cost.
The Glass Explorer Edition costs $1,500 with plenty of accessories, from earbuds to cases and pouches, to choose from as well.
Source: Google Play
There is no denying that Google Glass is very, very cool. But there is also no denying that Google Glass doesn’t look very cool. In fact it looks exactly like a pair of glasses with an external prism and projector attached to it, looking more like something Data from the Goonies would wear, and not a gadget aimed at the average consumer. Luckily Google filed a patent last week that seems to be an attempt at making the Glass less conspicuous and more socially acceptable.
If nothing else, Google Glass is making a name for itself by assisting doctors perform surgery and operations. We reported on a plastic surgeon using Glass with patients last time, and this time we have a doctor in Kansas City who is using Glass to complement computer monitors in the operating room.
During facial reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Jeff Colyer wears Glass to view x-ray images without having to look up at the monitors that would typically display the images. By doing this, he is able to see exactly what he’s working on without having to look away from the patient.