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GOOGLE GLASSIntroduction: -Google Glassis awearable computerwith anoptical head-mounted display(OHMD). It was developed byGoogle with the mission of producing a mass-marketubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device. The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer's prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses Glass is being developed by Google x, which has worked on other futuristic technologies such as driverless cars. The project was announced on Google+ by Project Glass lead Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a product manager and "geolocation specialist"; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the autonomous car project.Google has patented the design of Project Glass. Thad Starner, an augmented reality expert, is a technical lead/manager on the project. Wearers communicate with the Internet vianatural languagevoice commands. Google Glass became officially available to the general public on May 15, 2014, for a price of $1500. Before that users were required to receive invitations before they could try Google Glass.Google providesfour prescription frame choicesfor $225.00 U.S and free with the purchase of any new Glass unit. It is necessary to remove a small screw in order to move the Google Glass from one frame to another. Google entered in a partnership with theItalianeyewear companyLuxottica, owners of theRay-Ban,Oakley, and other brands, to offer additional frame designs. Google started selling Google Glass in the USA on April 15, 2014 for a limited period of time for $1500.Development: -Google Glass was developed byGoogle X,the facility within Google devoted to technological advancements such asdriverless cars.The military began researchinghead-mounted displaysin 1995. Google Glass is smaller and slimmer than previous head-mounted display designs. The Google Glass prototype resembled standardeyeglasseswith the lens replaced by a head-up display.In the summer of 2011, Google engineered a prototype that weighed 8 pounds (3,600g); it is now lighter than the average pair of sunglasses.In April 2013, the Explorer Edition was made available toGoogle I/Odevelopers in the United States for $1,500. The product began testing in April 2012. Sergey Brinwore a prototype of the Glass to an April 5, 2012,Foundation Fighting Blindnessevent in San Francisco. In May 2012, Google demonstrated for the first time how Google Glass could be used to shoot video.

Background: -Google Glass is a prototype for an augmented reality, head-up display developed by Google X lab slated to run on Android operating system. Augmented reality involves technology that augments the real world with a virtual component. The first appearance of Glass was on Sergey Brin who wore it to an April 5, 2012 public event is San Francisco. Provocative headlines emerged such as Google Project Glass Replaces the Smartphone with Glasses and Google X Labs: First Project Glass, next space elevators?. A groundswell of anticipation surrounds Glass because it implies a revolutionary who can only see it in promotional materials. Heads-up eye displays are not new. The Land Warrior system, developed by the U.S. army over the past decade, for example, includes a heads-up display with an augmented reality visual overlay for soldier communication. Many well-known inventors have contributed eye display technology, research or applications over the past two decades including Steve Mann (Visual Memory Prosthetic), Thad Starner (Remembrance Agent), and Rob Spence (Eyeborg). Commercially,Vuzix is a company that currently manufactures transparent eye displays. Science fiction and popular references to the eye display are almost too numerous to list, but most are featured in military uses: Arnold Schwarzeneggers Terminator from the 1984 film had an integrated heads up display that identified possible targets, Tom Cruises Maverick in Top Gun had a rudimentary display to indicate an enemy planes target acquisition and current G-forces, and Bungies landmark video game series Halo features a heads up display that gives the player real-time status updates on player enemy locations, shield levels, remaining ammunition and waypoint information. In most popular culture uses, a heads up display is transparently overlaid upon the real world. However, in video games, the display is considered to be part of the entire game interface. While many film and television shows are adding HUDs to their storytelling to add a science fiction or futuristic feel, there is a movement in game development away from any artificial HUDs as many consider them to be screen clutter and block a players view of a created world. The video game Dead Space by Electronic Arts is an exemplar of this new style: traditional game information such as health and ammunition have been woven into character design, allowing for an unobstructed view.

How it Works? The device will probably communicate with mobile phones through Wi-Fi and display contents on the video screen as well as respond to the voice commands of the user. Google put together a short video demonstrating the features and apps of Google glasses. It mainly concentrates on the social networking, navigation and communication. The video camera senses the environment and recognizes the objects and people around. The whole working of the Google glasses depends upon the user voice commands itself. Sergey Brin has been loosely associated with Batman since the fall of 2011, setting persuasive discursive grounds for actions that Google takes. A compelling character in the narrative that charts this technologys emergence, the name Sergey Brin appears 713 times in the corpus of 1,000 print and online news articles about Google Glass. Often the story concentrates on Brins activities, comments, whereabouts, and future expectations amid news of a technology that only exists as an artifact of the press for the public. Rupert Till explains the definition of how an individual must amass popular fame in order to form a cult of personality: A celebrity is someone who is well known for being famous, and whose name alone is recognizable, associated with their image, and is capable of generating money. . . For a star to progress to a point where they are described as a popular icon requires their achievement of a level of fame at which they are treated with the sort of respect traditionally reserved for religious figures. In order to be described as a popular icon, a star has to become a religious figure, to develop their own personality cult and recruit followers.Release Date: -American citizens over the age of 18 are able to join the open beta for Glass. A wider release is estimated later this year.Features: - Touchpad: A touchpad is located on the side of Google Glass, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos,circle updates, etc. Camera: Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While video is recording, the screen stays on while it is doing so. Display: The Explorer version of Google Glass uses aLiquid Crystal on Silicon(LCoS), field-sequential color, LED illuminated display. The display's LED illumination is first P-polarized and then shines through the in-couplingpolarizing beam splitter(PBS) to the LCoS panel. The panel reflects the light and alters it to S-polarization at active pixel sites. The in-coupling PBS then reflects the S-polarized areas of light at 45 through the out-coupling beam splitter to acollimating reflectorat the other end. Finally, the out-coupling beam splitter (which is a partially reflecting mirror, not a polarizing beam splitter) reflects the collimated light another 45 and into the wearer's eye.Software: - (Applications)Google Glass applications are free applications built by third-party developers. Glass also uses many existing Google applications, such asGoogle Now,Google Maps,Google+, andGmail.Third-party applications announced atSouth by Southwest(SXSW) includeEvernote,Skitch,The New York Times, andPath.On April 25, 2013, Google released the Mirror API, allowing developers to start making apps for Glass. In the terms of service, it is stated that developers may not put ads in their apps or charge fees; a Google representative told The Verge that this might change in the future.Many developers and companies have built applications for Glass, including news apps,facial recognition, exercise, photo manipulation, translation, and sharing to social networks, such asFacebookandTwitter.On May 16, 2013, Google announced the release of seven new apps, including reminders from Evernote, fashion news fromElle, and news alerts fromCNN. Following Google's XE7 Glass Explorer Edition update in early July 2013, evidence of a "Glass Boutique", a store that will allow synchronization to Glass of Glassware andAPKs, was noted.Version XE8 made a debut for Google Glass on August 12, 2013. It brings an integrated video player with playback controls, the ability to post an update to Path, and lets users save notes to Evernote. Several other minute improvements include volume controls, improved voice recognition, and several new Google Now cards.On November 19, 2013,Googleunveiled its Glass Development