How could Google Glass be improved?

A better world through Google Glass?

Google Glass is a kind of smartphone for the nose. The US company's minicomputer is worn like glasses - or in addition to them. Both are possible. There is a small, transparent prism above the eye. The place "where the magic happens". Because when Glass is activated, the user sees a small picture here in his upper viewing angle.

Put on your glasses - and then what?

A bit clunky even on advertising models: The Google Glass frame could be more stylish

Directly attached to this is a somewhat clumsy-looking bracket that functions as a touchpad and for sound transmission. At Glass, the latter does not work with the help of a classic loudspeaker, but with an "Audio Bone Conduction Transducer". The sound is transmitted via a small vibrator that sends vibrations through the skull bone into the inner ear.

Glass is controlled remotely via the smartphone. The user then installs the "MyGlass" app on it, which then establishes a connection between the mobile phone and data glasses. Here you can also find #link: http: //glass-apps.org/google-glass-application-list: all apps # that are compatible with Glass: These include news offers, weather apps, games or sports applications.

When the glasses have been put into operation so far, you can actually start.

Smart glasses in your pocket do not, however, make smart glasses superfluous

The prime example, with which one can usually quickly trigger an aha moment, is taking pictures with glass. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. "ok glass" - pronounced clearly - wakes the glasses from the idle state, they feel spoken to, a * bing * sounds
  2. A subsequent "take a picture" opens the camera application, a kind of crosshair appears in the prism
  3. A wink is enough - Glass takes a photo

Aha experience not without a test of patience

In everyday life you quickly get used to wearing Robo glasses. Even if it was always an uncomfortable feeling in public, it has proven useful to have Glass with you as often as possible. Because: With glasses, only learning by doing actually works. You don't stop learning with futuristic glasses. In one week with Glass, our reporter Hannah Fuchs had at least as many frustrating experiences with Glass as she had aha experiences. #link: 17881296: You can read more about this on your blog #:

For a brief overview, here is the conclusion of the self-experiment:

Benefits of Google Glass:

  • Free hands: How many times a day do you reach into your pocket to look at your smartphone? You may not want to have that as a specific number in front of your eyes. With Glass, that won't happen. Whether taking photos, navigating or calling - Glass is (usually) already on the nose, and voice commands are sufficient for control.
  • Multitasking: In the car or on the bike, glass can be a good replacement for a standard navigation system, as you don't have to look away at another display, but have the map and commands right in front of your eyes.
  • Entertainment value: The fun factor with Glass is definitely there: whether it's virtual balancing of building blocks, a tennis match with Glass or glasses as a sightseeing guide - the experience with Glass is different than with a smartphone or game console - and it's fun.

Cons of Google Glass:

  • Language: Dictating English text - when writing messages or entering navigation destinations, for example - works surprisingly well. It looks different in German, Glass only understands gibberish.
  • Sound quality: When talking on the phone in public, it is difficult to understand the person on the other end of the line. Or rather impossible. The traffic noise, passers-by and other background noises reduce the quality of the conversation for both parties.
  • Design: Admittedly: Schick is different. As a trendsetter, you don't really feel like you are in public with Glass. But if you watch the further development of glasses online, there is still room for improvement and other (fancier!) Models are in the works.
  • Running time: The fun factor is short-lived. Either the battery runs too hot and demands a break - or the battery runs out of fun after around an hour of gaming.
  • Privacy: This is one of the first things to come up with when it comes to Google Glass. Obvious! Because of course you ask yourself whether a Google Glass wearer on the street can identify me directly via face recognition, or to what extent the glasses record their own everyday life. While Google insists that such applications are banned with glasses, that probably won't stop some from developing them.

# video # Google Glass is an amusing gadget, but not (yet) much more than that. What is already possible with today's technology, you get a good impression of it with the glasses.

The use in everyday life is, however, still limited. To wear the glasses in public just for the sake of exclusivity is kind of pointless.

But: There is potential in the still clumsy data glasses. Maybe you have to give her a few more years to develop.