If you’re at all interested in smartphones, and wearables, then you would probably have heard of Google Glass. In fact you might have heard of Google Glass for all the wrong reasons lately as well.
A couple of weeks ago Google opened up the beta product, called the Explorer edition to the public in the states, giving US residents an opportunity to purchase one at the bargain price of fifteen hundred dollars a pop – but they did throw in a pair of sunnies to close the deal. So what exactly do you get when you hand over your google wallet?
Google Glass comes with a protective bag that comes in the package that you receive when you order your glasses. There is also the power supply – a standard 5 volt, 1 amp output module, safe for any powerpoint 110 to 240 volts along with a micro USB cable that connects to it. You can trickle charge through a USB output on a PC or notebook, or use the power supply which provides a quicker charge.
There is also little earpiece that connects to the glass for private audio and making phone calls etc as well as a little slip that the shades come in.
I have the Google-defined charcoal colour (but let’s just call it black), and it’s definitely an understated colour, unlike some of the other choices. How much does it weigh? Not much, less than half of this Galaxy S5, so on the face it shouldn’t physically feel much different to a normal pair of sunnies.
The Google Glass itself is not foldable, so if they’re not on your head, they’re not going in your backpocket, and you’ll need some kind of storage. Given the battery life on these, you will want to plan your stowaway in advance, hence the satchel.
The Google Glass product held together by this one piece titanium frame, on which everything else is bonded to. An adjustable nose bridge make them sit at the right height. At the back there is the battery compartment – it has to go somewhere, right?
Then going up the side we have the usb port for charging and a surface for touch control. This section also vibrates and sends the signals through your skull that converts into sound. Then there is a swivel joint that helps you position the glass prism for the best viewing angle.
Here’s a quick video showing all the inclusions I spoke about above.