The first camera was a complicated but innovative piece of equipment. Exposure took nearly eight hours, and after that process had finished, the results weren’t even permanent. Many photographs tended to fade away over time, an effect we may use in Photoshop today, but certainly not desirable when you want a picture to last a lifetime.
Can you imagine how revolutionary digitized photos could have been for people back then? Although we digitize old photos on a regular basis today, the whole photographic process has evolved tremendously.
Case in point: Google Glass.
What is Google Glass?
Have you ever wanted to see the world through someone else’s eyes? Google Glass is a computer, navigation system, video recorder, and camera all built into a pair of eyeglasses. These aren’t meant to correct a vision problem, but meant to take your daily life experience to a whole new level. You wear the glasses and use voice commands to instruct the software to do what you want.
For example, you’re riding in a hot air balloon, as participants are portrayed doing in this video, and say take a picture. What you see is immediately captured, hands free, and you even have the ability to share that picture instantly with just a simple order.
What Kind of Pictures Can Be Taken?
Google Glass can capture 5 megapixel images and 720p video. This is about the same specifications as a low end camera phone, so it’s possible that the results won’t be as vivid as the actual experience. Photography has always aimed to capture the human experience, so having the digitized photos or videos is important regardless sometimes of the quality. We always want to be around to help recreate memories, but now we’re developing different ways to create stunning digital photos in the first place. While the basic principle of photography still remains, the technique is constantly changing and evolving.
Want Google Glass?
The first set of glasses will be available at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. An official release date hasn’t been set yet, but the hype around the product is growing. Google recently released more information that reveals a little bit more about how the product will work. Battery time will last around day and it comes with 12 GB of memory. It pairs with any Bluetooth phone, but you need to use an Android 4.0.3 to take advantage of the MyGlass app, which provides navigation and text capability.
Of course, like any new technology that’s all the rage, it will cost you. One main reason you likely won’t see everyone walking around with Google Glass is the price tag - the first model will cost around $1,500.
Even though the price tag migh deter most people, it will still be interesting to see consumer feedback as the product becomes available. Until then, don't be afraid to use your standard camera - and don’t forget to digitize old photos! If you need help, consider working with a photo scanning service. One of the best perks of modern technology for photography is being able to confidently scan and store pictures that will never fade.
What do you think about Google Glass? Will you be picking up a pair?
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