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Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality Head-Mounted Display (HMD). The intended purpose of Project Glass products would be the hands-free displaying of information currently available to most smartphone users, and allowing for interaction with the Internet via natural language voice commands. These glasses will have the combined features of virtual reality and augmented reality. Google glasses are basically wearable computers that will use the same Android software that powers Android smartphones and tablets.
Virtual reality (VR):
Virtual reality is a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world, as well as in imaginary worlds.
It covers remote communication environments which provide virtual presence of users with the concepts of telepresence and telexistence or a virtual artifact (VA). The simulated environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a life like experience.
Virtual reality is often used to describe a wide variety of applications commonly associated with immersive, highly visual, 3D environments. The development of CAD software, graphics hardware acceleration, head mounted displays, database gloves, and miniaturization.
Augmented reality (AR):
Augmented reality is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements.
Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). It is part of the Google X Lab, which works on other futuristic technologies. The intended purpose of Project Glass products would be the hands-free displaying of information currently available to most smartphone users, and allowing for interaction with the Internet via natural language voice commands. The functionality and physical appearance (minimalist design of the aluminum strip with 2 nose pads) has been compared to Steve Mann's EyeTap, which was also referred to as "Glass" ("EyeTap Digital Eye Glass", i.e. uses of the word "Glass" in singular rather than plural form "Glasses").
As per many reports, Google is expected to start selling eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and, this being a Google product, advertisements onto the lenses. These glasses will have the combined features of virtual reality and augmented reality.
The Google Glasses can use a 4G cell connection to pull in information from Google’s mountain of data and display info about the real world in augmented reality on the lens in front of your eye. As you turn your head you’ll get information about your surroundings and nearby objects from Google Goggles, info on buildings and establishments from Google Maps, even your friends’ nearby check-ins from Latitude. The company has no plans to sell ads into your newly augmented view of the world, but will consider it if the product really catches on.
Wearable computers, also known as body-borne computers are miniature electronic devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. This class of wearable technology has been developed for general or special purpose information technologies and media development. Wearable computers are especially useful for applications that require more complex computational support than just hardware coded logics.
Smart clothing is the next generation of apparel. It is a combination of new fabric technology and digital technology, which means that the clothing is made with new signal-transfer fabric technology installed with digital devices. Since this smart clothing is still under development, many problems have occurred due to the absence of the standardization of technology. Therefore, the efficiency of technology development can be strengthened through industrial standardization. This study consists of three phases. The first phase is selecting standardization factors to propose a standardization road map. The second phase is to research and collect related test evaluation methods of smart clothing. For this, we selected two categories, which are clothing and electricity/electron properties. The third phase is establishing a standardization road map for smart clothing. In this study, test evaluations have not yet been conducted and proved. However, this study shows how to approach standardization. We expect that it will be valuable for developing smart clothing technology and standardization in the future.
Google glasses are basically wearable computers that use the evolving familiar technologies that brings the sophistication and ease of communication and information access even for the physically challenged class of people those literally could not use general way of palmtops and mobiles.