Although Google Glass has been around for awhile now, you might not know much about the wearable specs. These glasses actually allow you to access the web and a variety of apps without direct access to a smartphone. Have other questions about how it works? No problem! We’ve put together a handy guide to help you understand the many benefits of Google Glass.
What is Google Glass?
In 2012, Google announced they would be making a headset that would transform how we access and experience technology. The headset (which looks like a futuristic pair of glasses) has a small screen embedded in the corner of the frame. This screen allows you to be plugged in, without having to carry around a smartphone or tablet. Google was hoping the design would help make people more engaged by letting them look up from their smartphones and still interact with the world around them. Although it’s faced some criticism (mostly by people concerned with privacy issues), Google Glass has proven to be a definite advancement in the technology world.
How do you use it?
There are a few options on how you use Google Glass once you have the headset on. There’s a touchpad on the side (the part that goes over your ear) that you can tap to access your email, make calls, or visit other Web pages. Google Glass also lets you use voice commands (which is one of the main benefits of this device versus other technology). You just have to say, “Okay, Glass…” and then instruct it to perform the action you want (like dial someone, take a picture, or access an app). If your Glass is ‘asleep,’ you can also wake it up just by looking up.
What else can you do with it?
Need to set a reminder? You can set Google Glass to alert you to appointments or other tasks you need to complete. It can also deliver current weather information, give you travel alerts, and provide updated maps and turn-by-turn directions. Stuck waiting somewhere? Chat with friends through a Google Hangout or play games. You can even dictate texts while being completely hands-free!
What are the other specs?
Google Glass runs on Android 4.4 KitKat (although it is compatible with your Apple iPhone) and has around 12GB of memory (plus the ability to sync with the Google Cloud). You can also connect wirelessly with WiFi or Bluetooth. One of Google Glass’ most impressive features is the display, with a high resolution that is the equivalent to a 25-inch HD screen from around 8 feet away. The camera is also state-of-the-art with 5MP photos and 720p video. The battery should also last you about a day without having to charge it.
What styles does it come in?
Google Glass is available in several different styles, so you can choose whichever one best fits your preferences. The traditional Glass Explorer Edition comes in charcoal, tangerine, cotton, shale, and sky shades. For a more stylish look, you can also choose from several frames by designer Diane Von Furstenburg (in black, purple, blue, clear, and brown). These frames are thinner, so the device is less noticeable when you have it on. These frames are available for $225 (aside from the cost of the actual Google Glass device). Google Glass also has a few different options for sunglass shades, which run around $150.
Where can I buy one?
By going to the Google Play store, you can purchase your very own Google Glass. But, be prepared - a headset will cost you $1,500! The cost does pay off if you plan on using your Google Glass rather than a smartphone or in conjunction with other devices. As this technology becomes more known and accepted by consumers, it’s also likely the prices will go down in the future.
What if I wear prescription lenses?
It’s super easy to get your prescription lenses fitted for your Google Glass. If you have VSP Direct insurance, many affiliated network providers are specially equipped to fit your Google Glass with your specific prescription lenses. Plus, you can get a discount on many services when you sign up with VSP! Even if you don’t have vision insurance, just contact your eye doctor for a list of approved Google Glass retailers that can fit your prescription lenses.