Google Glass

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Google Glass
Google glass1.jpg
VR/AR Augmented Reality
Type Optical head-mounted display
Subtype Integrated HMD
Developer Google
Manufacturer Foxconn
Operating System Android
Predecessor None
Successor Google Glass Enterprise Edition
CPU OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core
Memory 2GB RAM
Storage 12 GB of usable memory, 16 GB Flash total
Display Prism Projector
Resolution 640 × 360
Tracking Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Audio Bone conduction transducer
Camera Photos-5MP, Videos-720p
Input Voice Commands, Touchpad, MyGlass Smartphone App
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, Micro USB
Power 570mAh Internal lithium-ion battery
Weight 43g (1.51oz)
Release Date April 15, 2013
Price $1,500
Website Google Glass Website

Google Glass or Google Glass Explorer Edition is an optical head-mounted display developed by Google. The OHMD is able to generate information similar to the display of a smartphone. Unlike a smartphone, Google Glass allows the user to interact with the device in a hands-free manner. Users can use gestures and voice commands interact with Google Glass.

Google Glass was initially released on April 15, 2013 for 1,500 dollars for a limited time. It became available to general public on May 15, 2014. On January 15, 2014, Google ended the production of the Google Glass but pledged that they were still working on the project.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition or Google Glass 2 was announced on July 18, 2017 by Project Lead of Glass, Jay Kothari, on Medium[1].


Google Glass can be worn by itself or attached onto eyeglass frames. Its uses a Field Sequential Color LCoS to project rendered images. When images are synthesized, these images are passed through a series of lens elements that direct them to the user's retina. The user perceives a small translucent screen hovering at about arms length, extended up and outward from the right eye. The position of the screen layer depends on the position of Google Glass.

Google Glass has a touchpad on the side of its device. It allows user to slide through apps, events and other timeline-like interfaces.

Google Glass' camera can take 5MP photos and 720p videos.


Part Spec
CPU OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core
Memory 2GB RAM
Storage 12 GB of usable memory, 16 GB Flash total.
Display Himax HX7309 LCoS display
Resolution 640 × 360
Camera Photos - 5 MP, Videos - 720p
Audio Bone Conduction Transducer
Connectivity Wi-Fi - 802.11 b/g 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, microUSB
Power 570mAh Internal lithium-ion battery
Weight 43g (1.51oz)

Interacting with Glass


To activate Google Glass: tap the touch pad to enable display

To navigate your timeline: swipe back and forth, swipe with 2 fingers to see zoomed out view of the timeline.

To select an item: tap the touch pad.

To turn off display or go back: Swipe down from home screen to turn off screen. Swipe down to go backwards.

Head Wake Up

Users can enable Head Wake Up to activate Google Glass without touchpad. Head Wake Up allows the user to activate the display by tilting his or her head upwards. Users can set the angle of tilt needed (default is 30 degrees).

If Head Nudge feature is turned on, user can turn off the display by nodding his or her head upward.

Voice Commands

To activate voice commands, the user of either tilt his or her head 30 degrees upward or tap the touchpad then say "O.K. Glass". User will see a list of available voice commands. User can say one of the commands or scroll through the list by tilting his or her head up or down.

Common commands include:

Voice Command Function Additional Information
"ok glass" Activates voice command You need to tap your touchpad or tilt your head 30 degrees up then say "ok glass".
"google (term)" Performs Google search on the term
"take a picture" Takes a picture You can also take a picture by pressing the camera button above your top right eye.
"record a video" Records a video Videos are 10 seconds long by default. To extend the video, tap the touchpad and select Extend video. To stop the video, tap the touchpad and select Stop recording. You can hold the camera button for 1 second to record video without voice command.
"get directions to (location)" Get directions to a location After voicing the command, you can swipe through the listings with your touchpad. You can tap on the touchpad for walking or biking directions or cancel the command.
"send a message to (name) ... (content)" Sends a message to a person on your contact list Say the person's name then the content of your message. When you're done speaking you have a few seconds to cancel the message. You can cancel by swiping down on your touchpad. Messages are sent by email unless you are using the MyGlass app then you can send by SMS.
"make a call to (name)" Makes a call to someone Requires connection to your phone's blue tooth.

More voice commands become available when you enable Glassware in MyGlass app.

Setup Tutorial


MyGlass is Google Glass' companion app for Android and iOS. The app allows users to set up, manage and configure their Glass.

Apps for Google Glass include a suite of Google's own apps include Google Now, Google Maps and Gmail and apps created by third-party developers such as Evernote, New York Times and Path.

Enterprise Apps

Upskill's EyeSight

Ubimax with Glass

Glass with Augmedix



Developed by Google X, Google Glass was publicly revealed on April 5, 2012 when Sergei Brin wore one to Foundation Fighting Blindness event in San Francisco.

In April 15, 2013, Google Glass became available to developers attending Google I/O for 1,500 dollars.

It became available to general public on May 15, 2014 for 1,500 dollars.

On January 15, 2014, Google ended the production of the Google Glass but pledged that they were still working on the project.

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