Called Google Glass, it is essentially a smartphone for the eyes. The device features:
-- A thumbnail-size prism display on an eyeglasses frame that is worn over the right eye.
-- A 5 megapixel camera that captures video at 720 pixels of resolution.
-- Twelve gigabytes of user storage (with 16 gigabytes of flash memory built in).
-- The ability to sync files, video clips and photos to a
Although the display resolution is "the equivalent of a 25-inch, high-definition screen from eight feet away," according to
And Sturkie is seeing it.
"Glass can do primarily eight functions: take a picture, record a video, send a text, make a call, get directons, video call (g+hangout), Google (search internet), and listen to
"Along with these functions, Glass also has applications you can add, using the MyGlass app on your phone or tablet. Some of these apps, called Glassware, range from
Sturkie ventured into what
As with many prototypes, Sturkie has found that Google Glass has its pros and cons.
"I like many things about Glass, but one of the most satisfying is, honestly, not having my technology in the way, which is essentially the motive for Glass. (It) is meant to push your use of technology farther away by bringing it closer at the same time," Sturkie said.
"That is the beauty of it. It waits for you to interact with it, just like your phone. Glass has its own user interface, running a very refined version of Android 4.0 (smartphone software).
"It allows me to get those awesome pictures, breath-taking videos, long phone calls with loved ones, and quick information on the latest game without the hassle of pulling out a phone or a tablet to do so." A wear controls all of this with voice commands.
As with any device that involves possible obstruction of vision, Google Glass has had its share of criticism.
"A common misconception is that the screen sits in front of your vision. (But) the glass piece itself sits above your line of sight, allowing you to carry on conversations without actually seeing the glass," Sturkie said.
Other critiques center on technicalities.
"The first would be battery life. The battery tends to last six to seven hours on a full charge, but if you're constantly Googling things, taking pictures and videos, or sharing to
A general concern about the technology is a potential for breaching the privacy of people unaware that a user may be videoing them.
"The general public still lacks the knowledge and information on what Google Glass is and how it works. Many bars and public places across the U.S. have banned the device, due to privacy concerns. To me ... the public is concerned with change in technology and progression," Sturkie said.
"The No. 1 thing everyone should know about Glass is that it is not always on. The interface is designed in a way that it is there when you want and need it, but gets out of your way fast. The screen will stay on for around three seconds ... (and) to turn it back on, you either have to use a head tilt or the touchpad," he said.
It is also circulating safety concerns in several states. Viewed as "the latest deadly distraction for drivers," some lawmakers are formulating statutes similar to those for cell phone use and texting while driving.
Despite unexpected concerns, Sturkie is excited to see the final version of Google Glass, although
"Google Glass is something that must be experienced to understand it ... (and) a great part of being an Explorer is ... there's always something new to learn," he said.
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