Google has pushed an update to Google Glass users that upgrades the camera functionality on the device. This update brings HDR capabilities to the device as well as the ability to automatically sense and brighten low-light shots. This update also allows Google Glass to more easily capture photos that have lots of movement.
Aside from improvements to the camera itself, Google has also brought the ability to add captions to photos taken with Google Glass. These captions can be added to photos by a simple voice command.
Glass is a new piece of wearable technology developed by Google. The device is worn like a standard pair of glasses and pairs with the user’s iOS or Android smartphone to connect to the web. You can use the device to send messages and update social feeds with a simple voice command. Glass also has a built-in camera and can run third-party apps that go under the name Glassware.
As of now, Google Glass is only being used by a small number of testers who paid over $1500 to be in the Explorer Program. The device went into the hands of these users in early 2013, though the device was originally announced at Google IO 2012.
Google Glass was intially supposed to release sometime by the end of this year for less than $1500. However, it looks like Google might just need some more time. In a radio interview with BBC, Eric Schmidt said that the consumer version of the Glass is still “probably a year-ish away”.
Google Glass is probably the hottest thing in the technology world aside from the usual Galaxies and iPhones. With Google sending out Explorer edition of the Glass to developers and popular celebrities out there, the world is waiting patiently to see how developers harness the power of the Glass.While more developers will be able to get their hands on the Glass by the end of this year, the final retail version of the device might just not hit the shelves this year, as expected.
Google will be taking feedback from all the developers that will be using the Glass over the next few months, and incorporate the changes in the final version of the device.
However, since Eric Schmidt is not directly involved with Google Glass, there might be a small possibility of him being wrong here.
When it comes to next-gen tech, Google clearly has the lead with its Glass project. Google Glass might be premature for its own time, but it is creating a visible impact in the market, as more companies are getting serious about virtual reality. While Glass has a more social and augmented-reality based use case, other companies like Oculus Rift are focusing on a niche market like gaming. The next revolution in consumer devices is coming in the form of virtual reality, and Canon Inc., the imaging expert is joining this race.
Canon is working on a virtual reality device called the Canon MReal. It combines Canon’s excellent imaging technology with the awesomeness of virtual reality to give us a mixed reality environment. The MReal device has a head-mounted display that is fed with a processed video for the wearer to see. There is a camera in front of each eye, which captures a live video, a computer combines the video with computer-generated visuals in live and puts it back on the screen for the wearer to see with assistance from a number of sensors.
Google Glass, Oculus Rift and the Canon MReal are all trying to capture different markets. However, all three are working separately on virtual reality. While the Oculus Rift has the advantage of being super affordable, Google Glass has the awesome Google infrastructure powering it. So, what does Canon MReal have to offer? At a price tag of $125,000, the MReal is not affordable, neither is it a consumer device. It has been showcased as a mixed reality environment creator, which needs a definite predefined behavior from the existing environment. Clearly, this is less of a Google Glass competitor and more of an industrial virtual-reality toy.
Google is playing a big bet with its Glass project. It is pitching Glass aggressively, and everyone’s attention is fixated on this one project; so much that it can easily be called the biggest thing that Google is working on right now. It would be sad if the project’s peak moment at Google were timed poorly in the context of the consumer electronics market. However, the very fact that it has aroused an interest elsewhere is a good indicator. Google is going beyond cellphones and is taking a lead in the consumer electronics sector for the first time, and as we can see, it seems like it is working great for them.