Developments to watch: Google Glass

Intelligence in your eyeglasses: Readability, interface, and batteries may take some getting used to and could benefit from improvements. Still, the idea behind Google Glass has a lot of potential. Have you tried them? Do you have a pair? See photos, short video clip, and add your comments.

06/09/2014

Flash is required!

Thinking this might be a possible future for human-machine interfaces, I finally tried Google Glass, after seeing several demonstrations. (See short video clip above and images and comments below.)

Figure 1: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager, tries Google Glass at Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow branch. Functions include word recognition for commands, touch pad on the wide side to navigate, camera, video, Internet access, search,

Our local Gail Borden Public Library bought a pair of glasses for $1,500. During heavy use by many patrons during a three-hour session, it needed to be charged twice. When it was my turn, I asked Google Glass to go to the Control Engineering website. It searched for troll engineering. I obviously started speaking before it was ready. I found the images in the viewer to be small and especially difficult for me to see, without squinting. (I'm near-sighted and would need Google Glass with my prescription included.) I regret not being able to try more mobile compatibility functions, such as pairing with an Android or iOS device, before passing it to the next patron.

Figure 2: “The eyepiece isn’t as obtrusive to vision as you might think,” said Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager; “Greater risk than obscured vision might be the distraction of using the device while in motion.” Courtesy: Control Engineer

Nonetheless, wider use of mobile, Internet-connected computers integrated into eyewear or headgear is a development to watch. Beyond just being cool, it's likely to improve productivity in an increasing number of manufacturing applications. More than a year ago, I watched a demonstration of a Motorola wearable headset computer. It was larger and more suited to industrial applications. I'm sure that product have progressed in capabilities since then, as well.

Learn more about Google Glass: https://support.google.com/glass 

See related discussions with this article online.

- Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering, mhoske@cfemedia.com, with thanks to Denise Hoske for holding the video camera, while I tried them on and tried to focus. (We didn't record the parts with the squinting, scrolling, and navigation.)


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Engineering interaction: (Add your comments below.) Have you tried them? Do you have a pair? What are you impressions? Could these help manufacturing be more efficient without adding risk?Figure 3: “Here, you try Google Glass,” said Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager, to the next patron at Gail Borden Public Library. Courtesy: Control Engineering



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Anonymous , 06/11/14 11:22 AM:

G-glass has no much use of it. It is just a cool and fancy hi-tech toy. It blocks your eyes from see the real nature world. It is in your sight way. In Chinese phrase: 画蛇添足 draw snake with feet, not 锦上添花 add flower on a silk cloth. G-glass should go away in a couple of years. -- Frank
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