As a company that specializes in technology and communication we like to keep at the forefront of new developments. If something new comes on the market we like to give it a test even if it’s just to see where things are going. For that reason I’ve spent the last day playing with the new Google Glass technology, so here’s my review:
Firstly it was just quite exciting, handling technology this new. At first it felt like what I imagine holding the first smart phone felt like, sheer potential at your fingertips (or should I say your eye line). I powered it up and adjusted the screen. My first observation was that the screen is definitely not intrusive; I found it was possible to switch my attention between the screen and what was going on around me.
Set up was relatively easy; I synced the glasses to my iPhone 5 using the app “MyGlass”. The overall set up took less than 10 minutes and it was good to start using. Google Glass is relatively easy to use; you have a choice of voice controls or a touchpad resting on your temple area. The glasses are quite comfortable; they’re ergonomically designed and relatively light weight.
Moving on from this I decided I’d test out the various features. I thought I’d test the Internet feature; I opened up Google and searched for one of my favourite websites. The glasses loaded up the search reports and began to read me a description of the site, all very good so far. Next the directions feature, speaking clearly I asked for directions to a local restaurant. The glasses load a map display with an arrow you just have to follow, adjusting for changes to your direction, by this point I was really quite impressed.
Finally the apps, I didn’t have a chance to test the full range if “Glassware” as it is known but I was particularly impressed with the Guardian newspaper app. It allows you to flick through headlines while hearing a short description of the pertinent points.
It is worth noting that the glasses are not yet perfect there are a couple of noteworthy drawbacks. As many commentators have pointed out the battery life is a bit of an issue. As I tested the various features I noticed the battery draining at a rather steady rate. The second issue I ran in was syncing my contacts, it took me quite a while to realise that your contacts had to be synced with Google Plus. Given I am not a regular user I had to manually load my contacts online, this was quite a lengthy process, I can’t imagine having to do it for my entire phonebook. Currently the selection of apps is limited to 64. However I happily accept this can hardly be considered a major criticism of technology this new. My final criticism isn’t exactly focused on Google Glass itself; I can’t imagine wearing them outside. Firstly it would just feel rather strange; secondly I can imagine they could become quite a distraction when walking through a busy section of town. There is a fair chance this feeling would change with time.
At first I began this review by comparing Google Glass to the first smart phone however this description is not quite apt. It’s more like holding a cross between the first smart phone and the world’s first every mobile phone, a totally new technological delivery method. I feel this primarily accounts for the weird feeling at the thought of taking them outside. Mobile phones used to be a novelty for people, only with time and widespread adoption did they become an item people don’t leave the house without.