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Google Glass

Definition - What does Google Glass mean?

Google Glass is the name for a type of wearable computer created by the Google's Project Glass. These futuristic glasses provide augmented reality for users by visually connecting them to an Android-run heads up display that offers many of the features of an Android spmartphone and connects users to many of Google's key cloud features, such as maps, calendar, Gmail, Google+ and Google Places.

In April 2012, Project Glass launched a Google+ page and revealed that Google researchers were testing the technology and hoped to have it on the market in the near future. Google expects the technology to cost about as a much as a smartphone.

Techopedia explains Google Glass

Google Glass provide an experience known as augmented reality, where images are superimposed over what the user sees in real life. With Google Glass, these images are generally icons that provide directions, alert users to messages from contacts or give weather updates.

Although this technology's potential has been praised as a futuristic way to deliver hands-free computing, critics have pointed out its ability to distract walkers or drivers and questioned its utility for those who already wear corrective eyeglasses.

Google glasses are sometimes called Google goggles, although is is inaccurate because Google Goggles is actually a separate Google project that uses images - rather than text or voice commands - to conduct a search.

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