Google Glass

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Google Glass review (Explorer Edition)

Summary

Google's Glass is a fascinating innovation and has more potential than any new device category we've seen in years. But, it's very early days and its cost makes it an impossibility for most.

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Pros
  • Amazing potentialEasy HangoutsSurprisingly comfortable
Cons
  • Short battery lifeCamera suffers in low lightPrivacy concerns
Google Glass review (Explorer Edition)

Stand in a line of people in just about any major metropolitan area in the world and you'll see the same thing: slouched shoulders and down-turned faces staring glumly at smartphone screens. Some people never look away, completely immersed in whatever is happening in the palm of their hands, while others get stuck in a loop of pulling phones from pockets or purses and popping on the screens for just a moment before putting them away again for just a minute or two.

Smartphones are amazing things, but for those who have become addicted to messaging instant gratification, they are a bit unwieldy. This annoyance gets even worse as these devices grow larger and larger. One approach would be to relax a little and stop feeling so compelled to check for Facebook notifications every 30 seconds. Those fully immersed in the information age, however, will be more inclined to fix the physical inconveniences presented by the problem. A heads-up display seems like a natural fit, and thus we have Google Glass. It's a headset with a projected display, a camera and a data connection that could revolutionize the mobile device industry. It could also cause a public uproar over privacy concerns. Is the potential worth the risk? Join us after the break to see.

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