Google Glass … How it works


So it has been several months since we heard about what we can expect in the near future with regards to how Glass will shape it, and Google have jumped on the case revealing their latest technology “Google Glass”.

Now, many stories have evolved since this product was revealed to the world, such as Apple looking to release their own version, as well as stories that Microsoft could be developing their own glasses. This comes to no surprise seeing that there is very little creativity left in the world and everybody seems to be following one trend at a time.

So being that Google are the first to release such an innovative product, let’s look at how they intend to make this actually work. The following has been extracted from “First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works”

The Basic Setup

The Glass screen, much like your cellphone, is generally off and out of view. The frame on which the Glass sits on acts just like a track pad, and is functional with three gestures:

1. Tap once with a finger to select;

2. Sling your finger along the temples to scroll;

3. Swipe finger down to dismiss a screen.

To access the home screen you can either tap your finger on the frame, or simply nod your head. Once in home screen there are various options you can choose, such as:

1. Swipe your finger down on the frame to dismiss the screen and go about your day–it’s basically the same thing as the Android’s back button.

2. Tap again and say “OK Glass” to issue a command, like “take a picture” or “Google how to use Glass”

3. Slide your finger back along the frame to view a few Google Now-esque “cards”–like the weather report.

4. Slide your finger forward along the frame–and this is the heart of the experience–which takes you through a “timeline” of everything. From the photo you just took, to a search you just made, to a video you were sent to a notification you received earlier from the NYT. This is how Glass is much like Twitter, or may be, assuming you subscribe to several services for updates

What are “Cards/Bundles”?

Essentially a card is a form of notification from any subscription you might have, for example, lets say you subscribed to News 24, they will send you a card every hour or so which consists of a headline and in most cases an image. Some of these cards are considered bundles, these happen when you receive a card with a page fold in the upper right hand corner, indicating that this subscriber has its own time line. You can page through all the News 24 stories by just swiping once you have activated the bundle. You are also presented with the option to typically “share” the article, or it will be read aloud to you as well if you prefer.

Glass = Timeline

So essentially we have concluded that glass is just various layers of time line.

1. Main timeline, which is pretty much like your twitter feed or Facebook news feed.

2. Information timeline, these are your cards and bundles.

3. Options timeline, where you can share, reply etc …

Once the UI has been broken down and understood a little better, the whole concept of glass suddenly seems somewhat less futuristic and far fetched. I think that glass can be something that will change the future in a good way, and before we know it, glass will be around us in every aspect and not just hooked on a frame in front of our eyes.