GOOGLE GLASS

In case you’ve been wondering about the coming of “Google Glass,” let us clear the view. Google Glass is the latest in eyewear. Some call it “Google on your face.” So far the only users are a group of beta testers willing to pay $1500 for the privilege.

We’re tempted to call this new product “Google Glasses,” but unlike a pair of glasses, there’s no glass, only a tiny viewer (very tiny) attached to one side of the frame. A small receiver (very small) attaches to the glasses frame and projects a display onto a tiny (still very tiny) screen in front of one eye. It not only displays incoming data, you can ask questions and send messages.

Google Glass is far more social than a smart phone, enthusiasts say, because you can keep looking at a person while using apps, rather than looking down at your phone. You can say: “OK, Glass, take a picture,” instead of fumbling for your phone, finding the camera app and snapping a photo. You can watch a map unfold as you walk around in a new town. As you turn your head, the map rotates to show the new direction.

Market testing has found high enthusiasm for the product among potential users under 21, but much depends on the price. The Internet buzz says if it’s $200, a lot of people will go for it. Take our word for it, it will be much more than $200, but high prices didn’t stop the sale of smartphones or iPads. If you want to see it in action, take a look at the slideshow on Mashable.com; just search on “Google Glass.”. This is early days for Google Glass – in fact as early as you can get – but the potential seems huge. We’re not converts yet, but we’re older than the target market.

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