Google Glass, Drones and Contact Lens! Do We Actually Need Them?
As Google continues its tech and internet expansion, Eyes and Voice takes a look at some of their new products/acquisition and you decide if we actually need them.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s good for these companies to expand and introduce new products but the fact is, do we as the people actually need these technologies in our everyday lives?
So here we go…
Google introduced us to its new invention, Google Glass – it’s a device that will be issuing us into a new age of wearable computing.
Google Glass is basically an internet-connected eyewear.
The hotly-anticipated device went on sale on Tuesday (April 15, 2014), in the US to the general public for the first time ever for one day only.
For one day only, Google on Tuesday provided their Glass device on sale. The headset will cost $1,500, and you’ll need to sign up to become part of the Explorer program for early testers of the product to get your own pair.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Any adult in the U.S. of at least 18 years old can sign up to purchase the wearable computer, provided he or she is also willing to spare out $1,500 for a pair.
“[Explorers] are the first to make, to tinker, to create, to shape, and to share through Glass,” Google stated in the sign up website.
“We’re expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program.” Google has made a few changes to the Explorer program too, giving buyers the option of purchasing frames, prescription lenses and attachable earbuds.
Google Glass Contact Lens:
Along with the Google Glass route, Google has also invented a new camera that fits inside a contact lens. This means that a Glass computer system is shrunk to fit on the surface of a user’s eye.
Eyes and Voice learned, the device will allow users to capture video from the contact lens without obstructing their own field of vision. This could see the functions of Google’s Glass headset computer system being integrated into a significantly less obtrusive device that sits above the iris.
The lens could present a range of medical benefits including “vision augmentation for people with all types of ocular health”. Reports suggests that the device could help blind users become aware of their surroundings. For example, users could be notified by sensors within the contact lens on when it is safe to cross roads. Eyes and Voice learned.
In a statement, Google stated that the system will also be able to detect faces, helping the blind to recognise people they know. Users will control the device by blinking, and the lens will be able to communicate to a smartphone or other peripheral device wirelessly.
Google buys Drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace – This acquisition comes as Google and Facebook race to provide internet access with aircraft.
It was also announced on Tuesday, April 15 (2104) that Google beats Facebook to buy a company that manufactures high-altitude drones, this is part of the technology giant’s efforts to bring internet access to every corners of the world. Eyes and Voice learned.
Facebook was said to have being in talks to buy the solar-powered drone maker earlier this year, but Google beat them to it. Facebook won’t be too hurt though, because they already had Ascenta- another drone making team.
According to reports, EyesandVoice.com learned that Google’s acquisition of the drone company makes sense for three reasons:First, Titan’s drones are set to gather high-res images of the planet, perfect for depicting deforestation or, highly relevant to users, creating better Maps. Second, there’s the mission to connect more people to the internet, which is at least publicly fueling Facebook’s own high-flying ambitions. And finally, it just makes good competitive sense. Why would Google, sitting on mountains of money, let Facebook, Amazon and hordes of smaller firms stake a claim to the clouds when it can too?
As getting into the drone making world is good for Google, it’s also terrifying for the rest of us.
Should we be worried?
What do you think? Tell us in the comment box below
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