Google’s latest phenomenon has hit the UK this week, offering up a brand new style of wearable tech for us all to gawk at.
Of course the tech we’re talking about is Google Glass, a wearable lens that fits on your head similarly to a pair of standard glasses, but offers up a futuristic set of features.
The prototype has been available in the US for several months now, causing controversy at almost every turn, with issues about privacy and safety making headlines across the globe.
But now the kit has made its way across the pond, and is now available for purchase online as a ‘Glass Explorer Edition’, essentially making it a prototype model up for general sale.
Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Glass boasts a lens capable of displaying a high resolution image that appears like a 25” HD screen about 8 feet ahead of you, which only the user can see through the display above the right eye.
A 5 megapixel camera is also based on the wearable device, which is also capable of recording 720p video, offering uses in plenty of industries and hobbies alike.
16GB of internal memory is also based within the headset, with only 12GB accessible to the user, which will used mainly for app and entertainment storage.
Google has listed a battery life of approximately a day with regular usage, whilst constant video recording and frequent picture taking will diminish this prediction dramatically.
One very interesting feature of the Glass hardware is how it produces sound to the user, with a built-in bone conduction transducer, which works similarly to a hearing aid. Sending vibrations into the ear’s bones, the sound is almost completely inaudible to those in the immediate vicinity, meaning only the user can hear the device.
Lawyers across the US and the UK have debated heavily over the use of Google Glass whilst driving and whilst in public places, with some people complaining that pictures could be taken of them without their knowledge by Glass users.
The wearable tech has already been banned in some places, with hospitals, casinos, cinemas and theatres the first to bring rules into effect ahead of possible appearances of the headset.
Some companies have embraced the device though, with Tesco already releasing an app capable of supporting the device when in-store.
Google Glass is completely compatible with lenses featured in your standard glasses, as well as offering shaded lenses as well, making it ideal for holidaying and for regular use.
One major stumbling block that is causing issues for the device though is its £1000 price tag, obviously costing far more than most gadget consumers are willing to pay, especially for what is basically a prototype model.
However, Google is considering allowing early adopters of the hardware a chance to upgrade for free when it releases its next version of the hardware, which is widely considered to be a consumer focused headset, rather than an upgraded prototype.
If you have the cash spare, you can pick up a Google Glass headset on the Google Play store here.
Written by Luke Hatfield