While Vic Gundotra had not been willing to chat Glass in our run-in here at Google I/O, a couple of others were. In speaking with individuals from Google, we found out a couple of new details about the venture, while affirming some whispers that we ‘d heard floated in the past. Right here’s a fast explanation:
- Engineers are presently ‘experimenting’ with connectivity possibilities. Existing prototypes– including those worn in the skydiving stunt this morning– do not have any sort of built-in WWAN connection.
- While it’s possible that a 3G / 4G module could end up in development tools, the general idea is that latching onto nearby WiFi hotspots or counting on a wireless tether with your smartphone will definitely be the primary method that Glass gets its data to the internet.
- Controlling Glass will eventually depend on a blend of inputs: it’ll recognize tone commands, while additionally taking cues from the right sidebar. There’s a touch-sensitive pad on there that’ll recognize gestures.
- It’s totally most likely that Glass will certainly also have the ability to be controlled using one’s smartphone, but physical inputs will be the preferred ones.
- Glass has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, allowing users to tell Glass what to do by nodding, shaking one’s head, etc. (For what it’s worth, we have actually seen similar demoed by NTT DoCoMo.)
- The internal battery sits simply behind the ear on the right side; the capability and longevity had not been affirmed, though.
- Glass will be able to tape locally, however the idea is to have ‘most anything’ streamed live to the world wide web; it’s the “live, now!” nature of Glass that Google intends to push as one of its differentiating elements.
- In a location where wireless information isn’t really available (like a remote National Park or a hospital room that prohibits phone use), keeping online video in your area would be feasible for uploading later.
We also confirmed that the team is playing around with various colours, with orange, white, black and blue editions being sported here at I/O. Whether or not all of those colors make it to market continues to be to be seen, of course, but we’re appropriately jazzed about the opportunities.
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