Google Glasses: GPS Without The App

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The more people join the Google Glasses Explorer program, the more we learn about the futuristic device. More users were given the chance to take Google Glasses for a test drive, and now new information regarding the GPS technology and other functions of of the glasses has been released.

Besides giving users the power to text a friend without requiring an application to handle the task, Google Glasses will provide GPS navigation in order to receive turn-by-turn directions to their destination. Users of the current Google Glasses within the Explorer program must first install GPS and messaging apps for these functions to occur.

According to TechCrunch, “While Glass will happily work with any iPhone over Bluetooth or use any Wi-Fi connection to get online, iPhone users are currently unable to get turn-by-turn directions through Glass — one of its killer features.”

This will most definitely be a welcome feature for Glass users! The glasses come with Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connectivity, and its 12GB of memory are synced with Google cloud storage. Their high-resolution display makes the experience similar to viewing a 25 inch high definition television screen from a distance of 8 feet.

The mobile app that accompanies the glasses, MyGlass, is currently available for free in the Google Play Store, and Google jokingly says to those who don’t get what the app does, “MyGlass allows you to configure and manage your Google Glasses device. If you don’t have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that. But if you swipe the screenshots to the right you’ll see there’s a picture of a puppy in pajamas. So not a total waste of time after all.”

Besides GPS technology, the glasses feature a 5 megapixel camera to capture 720p footage, as well as audio thanks to Bone Conduction Transducer technology. What’s that, you say? This technology actually sends sound through the bones of your skull right to your inner ear!

It will be interesting to see how many out there feel the need to wear these glasses around town. Just think, pretty soon, you’ll be seeing people following the GPS device that’s contained within their glasses!

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