Dec 4, 2014

Aspurian Work Experience – Google Glass

written by Anya Amrith

This week at Aspurian we have 2 work experience students from the Hazeley Academy, to come in and learn about how our company works and who does what, so they can get an experience of how work-life is, compared to going to their school. During their time with us they visited where our servers are located and saw how everything runs behind the scenes. We also decided to let them loose with our Google Glass so they could learn about its features; these are some of their thoughts on the Google Glass…

Google Glass

Google Glass is effectively a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. The heads-ip display coupled with voice activation allows users to see and interact with information in a smartphone; like a hands free format.

Design

Tough and pliable, the titanium head band remains durable as it stretches from one ear to the other. It runs alongside a plastic casing that hides Glass key components and gives it an overall clean look. This subtle style makes the exposed parts like a camera lens in the front stand out even more – for better or for worse. Everyone’s attention is also immediately drawn to the cube shaped glass prism that sits right above the right eye. The Google Glass dimensions are 5.25- inches at its widest point and 8 inches at its longest point. It maybe a little too long and wide to fit in your pocket which is one of the down sides.

Interface

Fitting Google Glass to your face is an easy and personalised experience. Getting it on Wi-Fi and pairing it to your smartphone is fairly straight forward, although if you’re finding it a little too complex, then there is always a tutorial on how to set it up on Google’s Website. Configuring Wi-Fi for the first time proves easier on the Google Glass than any other device according to users of the Google Glass, backing up its futuristic look with a “this is how it should’ve worked in the past” reaction.

Apps

Glassware refers to Google Glass apps that developers create specifically for the wearable. It’s modelled after the Google Play store and the Apple App store. The Glass only allows up to 64 usable apps. 10 of the 64 apps were created internally and Google Now is by far the most impressive app on the Glass.

Camera

The Google Glass camera shoots 5-megapixel photos likewise to the iPhone 4 camera, and each picture has a 2528 x 1856 resolution. Google’s hands-free interface has given it the right kind of lighting which makes terrific image quality. The quickest way to take an action packed photo is probably the Google Glass. Precisely saying “Okay Glass, take a picture” snaps an image within the blink of an eye. Believe it or not, the second way is by actually blinking your right eye. This recently added wink feature is deemed as experimental by Google, so it also picks up your eye-shutting big yawns and sneezes for awkward, unexpected photos.

The third way of capturing a photo is by pressing the physical camera button on top of the hardware. This feature works better in a noisy environment. Google Glass also takes high-resolution videos, with all footage at a fairly steady 720p resolution. The camera’s video performance mirrors it’s still image quality; it lives and dies by lighting and if the right conditions are in place, provides a unique window to explore your everyday life.

Battery

Google’s official estimate for the Glass’ battery life is “one day of typical use.” Features like video recording, however can drain the battery even more quickly, the company warns. Avoiding these more intensive features, people have found the Google glass battery to last between three to five hours depending on how many hands-free photos they were taking in that time span. Recording a video wipes the battery out in just less than an hour after continuous shooting.

That’s far too short of the official estimate, but keep in mind that there’s a tremendous difference between being connected to Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth via a tethered smartphone. Relying on a phone’s shared LTE data connection will drain the battery life more quickly.

Overview

The Google Glass has many positive and negative points. Positives include:

  • Slick, comfortable design
  • Easy-to-take hands-free photos
  • Google Now is the best software
  • Head-tracking navigation is unreal
  • Conversation starter

Negatives include:

  • Outrageously expensive
  • Battery life is very little
  • 5MP photo’s need good lighting
  • Limited number of apps

The Google Glass isn’t made for everyone. Those who love reviewing and are willing to spend a great amount on gadgets, Google Glass is something that you might want to review, where as if you’re someone who is looking for a device which is going to last you a whole day’s worth on heavy usage, Google Glass isn’t a device to consider.

Anya Lane
CEO, Aspurian Digital Ltd