Possibly in response to the awkward feel of Google Glass head movements and voice commands as parodied in the Saturday Night video attached to this article, Google has come out with a new way for the wearer to control Google Glass. Now you can enter commands into your Android smartphone to tell Google Glass what to do next, according to a Sept. 8 post on GottaBeMobile.com. Commands are actually entered by touching and swiping the smartphone screen rather than typing letters.
The latest release of Android app MyGlass includes functionality for controlling Google Glass from the phone. This is a significant addition to the three original methods of controlling Google Glass: head movements, voice commands, and touching the Glass device. You have to wonder how much impact the Saturday Night Live video, featuring Fred Armisen making fun of Google Glass head movements and voice commands, influenced development of the smartphone command capability for Google Glass.
Unfortunately, some of the user reviews of the MyGlass app in the Google Play app store seem to indicate that this new remote control function for Google Glass isn't working yet.
Recent publicity about Google Glass makes it clear that Glass will be offered for sale to the public sometime in 2014. Examples of the Google Glass buzz include:
- A 12-page spread in Vogue in September, 2013, and
- Publicity about Mercedes-Benz working to have their in-car navigation system work with Google Glass in 2014.
What is Google Glass: A smartphone accessory that's worn on a glasses frame. It has a camera, microphone, speakers, storage and a battery. Google Glass interfaces with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the technology used to make wireless headphones and smartwatches work with smartphones. Google Glass can take photos and videos and make phone calls. It's controlled by head movements, by voice commands, or by touching the device on the right side of the glasses frame, and now also controlled by entering commands into the MyGlass app on an Android smartphone.
Price: Now, Google Glass costs $1500 and is only available to a limited number of people hand-selected by Google and identified as Explorers. USAToday and others note that the components used to make Glass cost less than $300. The price will likely decrease in the future, depending on demand and competition, though it's not clear how fast or by how much.
Copyright © 2013 Susan J. Walker.
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